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Travels with Charley
Travels with Charley: In Search of America | John Steinbeck
In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America. A picaresque tale, this chronicle of their trip meanders along scenic backroads and speeds along anonymous superhighways, moving from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck's attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature - to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.
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Shemac77
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Gotta love Steinbeck.

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Shemac77
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Revisiting this Steinbeck.

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Lcsmcat
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#bookwpets #newyearnewyou @Eggs On my TBR, Steinbeck‘s travels with his poodle.

Eggs Oh I forgot about this one! It was great—you should read it👏🏻🤗 1mo
Naltez One of my all time favorites 1mo
Lcsmcat @Eggs I intend to. I love Steinbeck‘s writing. 1mo
Soubhiville This is on my TBR too. 1mo
smilingshelves I love this book! 1mo
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Mitchbtg
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Travels with Charley! A fine, fine read

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megzlynn
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I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.

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Mitch
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Oh my goodness - I‘ve got to look at this on a desktop - you can zoom in and see 1,500 titles mapped against their locations to make some awesome road trip reading lists.

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https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-obsessively-detailed-map-of-american-l...

wanderinglynn 😮 So cool! 7mo
CrowCAH Oh wow that‘s sooo cool! 7mo
Leftcoastzen I played with it ! Cool! 7mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn @crowcah @Leftcoastzen It so appealed to the geographer and traveller in me ! I now want to do every trip! (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB This is great. I should have known about this at the beginning of my own Road trip through the US! 7mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#TallShipCelebration #TSC2019 John Steinbeck's #Voyage around the United States with Charley, his poodle.
@CrowCAH

CrowCAH Certainly quite the voyage-cross country! 7mo
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PaigeTurner
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“For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?”

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KimHM
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Morning eyes. 🌞👀🚛🐩💙📚

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KimHM
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📚❤️📚💚📚🧡📚💙📚💜🚛🐩

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Readaholics
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I am super itching for a road trip with my pups. But one of my favorite authors already wrote it perfectly. John Steinbeck was a badass to take off with his dog Charley.

Caroline2 What a cutie!!! 😍 11mo
tammysue ❤️🐾 11mo
Redwritinghood What a cute pup! 11mo
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megzlynn
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“For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?” -John Steinbeck

Picture taken at Coleman Lake in the Talladega National Park in Northeast Alabama.

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LivingReflections
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First up for #24in48. I've owned this forever and wanted to read it forever. Doesn't everyone want to hit the road with a dog and see America at some point??

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JLaurenceCohen

Steinbeck chronicles his journey across the country accompanied by his dog, Charley. Steinbeck his such a keen observer of human, especially working class, life.

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TheBookAddict
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You guys, @KennethTolesJr and I are grateful to have @UwannaPublishme as a friend and listener of our podcast. She was very kind and sent us these wonderful gifts. I‘ve talked about La Casa de Los Espiritus so much she sent me a signed copy!!! She also knows Kenny enjoys Steinbeck so she sent us the tagged book. Bookmarks and chocolate, the best book accompaniments, were also included. She also sent me Lambchop 💕💕
💕😁THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!😁💕

KennethTolesJr THAAAAAAAAANK YOOOOUUUUUUU!!!! @UwannaPublishme YOU'RE AWESOME!! 14mo
Amor4Libros Allende 😍😍 14mo
TheBookAddict @Amor4Libros my thoughts exactly! 😊 14mo
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UwannaPublishme Yay! So glad my favorite podcasters @TheBookAddict and @KennethTolesJr are enjoying these surprise goodies. You can blame it on Lamb Chop. She always travels in style with good books and chocolate. 😁 Big holiday hugs to you both! ❤️ 14mo
KennethTolesJr @UwannaPublishme 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄 14mo
TheBookAddict @UwannaPublishme 💕she sure does!💕 thanks again and big holiday hugs to you too. 😊 14mo
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Doughtah
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I read this book with a lady near me every two weeks or so so she can practice her English writing skills. After a lot of trial and error, this was the first book she admitted to understanding a lot of what was being said without much trouble. So #thanks John Steinbeck for writing the way you did. Also, the lady and her family are way too kind to me. ♥️ She gave me jellies and her husband gave me cups for xmas presents for my parents.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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bookishdawg I‘m currently listening to this on audio... Gary Sinise is perfect for this ❤️ 1y
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Centique
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Pickpick

(Photo of back of book: Steinbeck and his dog Charley)

This book wasn‘t what I expected. More a contemplative road trip than a journalistic report on the American Identity circa 1960. It seemed that Steinbeck discovered more about himself and his dog than about America - and perhaps that‘s as it should be. He remarks often on the subjectivity of anyone‘s impressions of a town or a place. ⬇️

Centique I love Steinbeck‘s writing - he makes a scene come alive so I can smell the grass and hear the rustle of leaves. And this contains a great love story of a man and his dog. But the racism he witnesses in the final chapters is hard to read. How much harder was it to live through. 😢 1y
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rachaich
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An interesting and rather historic view of s journey through the States but that kind of added to the picture.
I enjoyed his writing, and the commentary he provided. I found some of the language dated, as expected, but other aspects, such as thought on plastics and seasonal workers, very current.
The last few chapters were harder to get my head around :/ :(

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rachaich
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Isn't this the most wonderful cover?
Started it on my morning college break and already am hooked.
Very interesting to see how he documents concern over the use of plastics so many decades ago, and also about Americans requiring seasonal workers to complete agricultural tasks that they don't wish to do, and what impact this could have longer term on the American people as well as seasonal workers.

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rachaich
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Sunday booty from Frome Independent
#indeprendent
#secondhandbooks

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Stephuhhnieee
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Fingers crossed that this is as good as it sounds 🤞🏻

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UwannaPublishme
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This one has all the ingredients for a GREAT read: a riveting road trip around America during the tumultuous '60s, Steinbeck's delicious dialogues with the folks he encountered, and his wisest and most adorable traveling companion-his beloved poodle Charley. I loved that Steinbeck packed his custom made camper with every necessity he felt he needed, including 150 pounds of book! 😁📚🙌🏻
Book 3 of #MakeMeReadIt

Kaye Is that his actual truck and camper he used on the trip ? And if so, where is it ? Classically good book. I‘ve read it twice. Maybe I should listen to it too. 👍🏼 1y
UwannaPublishme @Kaye This is my favorite Steinbeck so far. Yes, this photo is from the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, where the camper is on display. How cool is that? Gotta plan a road trip there!😍👍🏻 1y
Kaye Wow that‘s really neat. I guess I never wondered what happened to his truck after the trip. It would be really neat to see it ! Don‘t forget to give East of Eden a try. I think it‘s his masterpiece. 1y
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UwannaPublishme @Kaye Chunksters usually scare me, but I'll take your advice. It is Steinbeck after all. 😊 1y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve been eyeing this one for years, but I haven‘t yet read it. Sounds like a really enjoyable book. Stacked!📚 1y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin I can't say enough great things about it. 😊🙌🏻 When you're ready to read it, I'll send you my 50th anniversary edition with illustrated map and all. 1y
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SLSbooks
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John Steinbeck musing on a partly fictitious travelogue of America in the early 1960s. Some thoughts are spot on and others? Not so much. His commentary on this country show that a lot has not changed in the last fifty years, which is the saddest thing of all.

Jakaranda hope you are reading current bookclub read😉 14mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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August is a quiet month for me. I teach yoga two mornings a week but mostly I'm at home. I get out early to weed and water the garden and then retreat indoors. Plenty of time to read! Besides #austeninaugust this is my #tbr for Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge.
#summerinoklahoma 👩‍🌾

Mandigolightly Wait what‘s Austen in August? Just rereading or...? 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Mandigolightly I'm hosting a photo challenge this month. I'll tag you on it. 2y
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mabell
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The toughest one yet! I don't know of any books that I *chose* to read instead of the RR. However, I do remember that due to parental request, I was given a different book to read while the rest of the class read the tagged and assigned book. So, technically I read something other than the RR. I just wish I could remember what that something was! I have no idea what I read instead. It's driving me crazy! 😆

#requiredreadingredo

UnidragonFrag I'm curious what it was about the tagged book that your parents didn't want you reading it? 2y
mabell @UnidragonFrag Ha good question! Parents. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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KatieDid927
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vacay reads thanks to @j9brown #steinbeck

j9brown Love it! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 2y
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j9brown
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"So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes, and surely our evening eyes can report only a weary evening world." - John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

(I would read a book of grocery lists if Steinbeck wrote them ?)

#quotes #steinbeck #booklovers

Jess7 Welcome!! 2y
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CuriousG
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Nice mix of fictional voyage, historical adventures, memoir, and travel planning! #riotgrams #travelsandadventures @bookriot

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thebluestocking
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j9brown
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I always travel with an extra book or two. Finishing one and not having another on hand is the worst!

Day 4 #riotgrams #travels&adventures #travelsandadventures #bookstagram

Chelleo That is the absolute worst! 2y
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erista
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Half Price Book #bookhaul

ReadingEnvy SO much Steinbeck! 2y
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peacegypsy
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This looks like a fun one and a good accompaniment to the PBS‘s Great American Read. 😍

Leftcoastzen Love that photo! 2y
peacegypsy @Leftcoastzen Right? I just want to be on the road trip, too! 😃 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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My favorite Steinbeck that I‘ve read❤️! I‘ve read this several times since I was a teenager. It‘s so much more than his #pet poodle Charley riding along with him on a road trip in a camper truck dubbed Rocinante. It‘s 1960. Steinbeck observes first hand racial tensions that are the beginnings of the civil rights movement. And in the WA state woods, he encourages a father to allow his son to pursue his dreams of being a hairdresser “not a barber”.

BestDogDad What a fantastic book! 2y
Reviewsbylola Never even heard of this!! I love Steinbeck though. 2y
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ValerieAndBooks @BestDogDad it is indeed! And now I‘m reading it again 😅! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola if you love Steinbeck, you‘ll love this one too! There are still a few of his I still need to read. 2y
arubabookwoman Didn‘t like this book when I read it recently, but I loved Charlie.❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Oh, good to hear as I just bought it! 2y
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Aimeesue
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This is my current favorite book acquisition story: I sort donated books for my church‘s annual book sale. This gorgeous thing came in one week, and they were going to toss it - because it is printed UPSIDE DOWN. So that is how I got my first Folio Edition: I rescued it from the trash. #folio #foliofreaks

Chellebearss That‘s a great cover! 2y
Aimeesue @Chellebearss The cover‘s why I initially picked it up - it‘s foil- embossed, so it was twinkling at me ✨✨ 2y
jillrhudy Maybe as with coins that will make it more valuable someday! 2y
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Aimeesue @jillrhudy Well wouldn't THAT be nice! 2y
DeborahSmall My folio copy of a clockwork orange is printed upside down. I got to choose a free book from them for the trouble. But I love how it makes it unique!! 2y
Aimeesue @DeborahSmall Exactly! Plus, it will be fun to confuse people with if I read it on the Metro. 😁 2y
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arubabookwoman
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Panpan

This account of Steinbeck‘s travels across America with his dog Charley in 1960 doesn‘t transcend its time. I found the account (now accepted as mostly fictional) dated, and rather boring. The only parts I liked were some of the stories about Charley, who reminded me of my dog Dante (photo above). See the quote in the comments below.

arubabookwoman Quote: “Charley likes to get up early and he likes me to get up early too....Over the years he has developed a number of innocent-appearing ways to get me up. He can shake himself and his collar loud enough to wake the dead. If that doesn‘t work he gets a sneezing fit. But perhaps his most irritating method is to sit quietly beside the bed and stare into my face....” Anyone else have who does these things? 2y
Graywacke I took a little double take when I saw the pan...good to know. Dante‘s a cutie. Love the quote (dogs have ways to getting what they want) 2y
BarbaraBB A boring Steinbeck. That‘s good to know. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Aww, I love Travels with Charley! Have read it a few times over the years. But know that not all books are for everyone. 2y
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MrsLee
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These shelves are filled with my favorite books. Travels with Charlie is among them.

CoffeeNBooks I love John Steinbeck!! 2y
MrsLee @CoffeeNBooks He was an amazing writer, but I think this nonfiction is my favorite, because it isn't the downer so many of the other ones are. 2y
CoffeeNBooks @MrsLee Good point! I read Travels with Charley several years ago and really enjoyed it. 2y
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Becker
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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America.
Hanging onto this quote while we struggle through another grey winter-like day in Ontario.

Louise The plus side: no mosquitoes! 😄 2y
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MoBee
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My boyfriend sent me a surprise. He knows how much I love Steinbeck and sent me this picture saying he found it today at a used book store.

Alfoster He‘s a keeper!😍 2y
MoBee @Alfoster How he got me to agree to go on a date with him. He kept sending me pictures of his books 2y
LibrarianJen Awww! 💖 2y
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katiekrug

"It occurs to me that, just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans bring in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work. I hope we may not be overwhelmed one day by people's not too proud or too lazy or too soft to bend to the earth and pick up the things we eat."

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katiekrug

Audio read by Gary Sinise. So good.

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smilingshelves
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I love library books that are so old and well-loved that the pages are soft and almost fuzzy. 😊

Tamra Yes, love that fuzzy fabric feel. ☺️ 2y
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Soubhiville
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Someone left this in my Little Free Library, and it‘s on my TBR. Yay! First thing I‘ve pulled out to read. #bookswithpets #marchinbooks

Mdargusch Your lucky day! 2y
Eggs Read that in February 2y
JanJan I‘m listening to the audio of this right now and it is wonderful! 2y
ValerieAndBooks One of my favorite books!! 2y
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Eggs
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In 1960 John Steinbeck traveled the US in a converted pickup with his dog Charley, to see what America was all about. He stayed anonymous for the most part, talked with a lot of people each time he stopped, and wrote of his adventures. He really captured the essence of America in 1960! The book ends with his wife and him attending JFK inauguration.

Kaye Good review 👍 2y
Eggs Thank you 😍😍 @Kaye 2y
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LMJenkins
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My #bookstack for today‘s #readingresolutions is a collection I have from John Steinbeck. @Jess7

erzascarletbookgasm Love those spines! 2y
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Bookzombie
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#24in48 #fantasticfirstlines #Hour12 #firstlines

This is one my current reads and the first line kind of sets the tone.

“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. “

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amycollard
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I read this book over Christmas holiday after finding it on my Mom‘s bookshelf. It was so fascinating! I had never read any non-fiction by Steinbeck and really enjoyed his travels across America in 1960 (I think it was). His musings are so interesting when you‘re looking back at it from 2017/18 point of view. And since I‘m originally from California, one of my favorite parts was when he arrived in CA and wrote about the redwoods and Monterey. ❤️

Suet624 I really enjoyed this book too 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Two books that feature #cars. One, a one-man, one-dog account of the expedition across America. The other, a magical car who has a mind of her own. The beautiful machine not only flies and swims… she also fights crime!
#nuyear

TrishB Cool pick 👍🏻 I haven‘t seen that Steinbeck before! 2y
Cinfhen I had no clue Ian Fleming wrote 2y
Andrew65 I think I would have gone with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, it was truly scrumptious 😂 2y
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Elizabeth2
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Steinbeck‘s observations of his journey across America in 1960 are strangely relevant today. Or maybe his observations are timeless, because Americans are the same in their Americanness.

Tkgbjenn1 I love this book. I‘ve read it several times. 2y
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