The American Road Trip Book: Background information when reading The Last Days of California

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The Last Days of California

A Novel

by Mary Miller

The Last Days of California
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    Jan 2014, 256 pages
    Sep 2014, 256 pages

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Beyond the Book:
The American Road Trip Book

Readers who wish to travel America without leaving the couch have always had a vast tradition from which to cull. While you may prefer to watch the mountains and the desert going by from the back of a horse (Lonesome Dove) or atop a raft (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), the most common way to go is, of course, by car.

From Route 66 to the Pacific Coast Highway, from John Steinbeck to Jack Kerouac, writers have always been drawn to the freeways and back roads of the American landscape.

Here's a sampling of some of the finest examples of the American road trip book, broken down into four categories.

The Memoir
Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck – The author and his poodle take to the road in 1960 to discover what defines America.

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, Bill Bryson – The veteran travel writer takes on his own country in the late '80s, seeking out the "real" America, not the tourist version.

Blue Highways:...

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