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Blue Highways
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon
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'When Least Heat-Moon lost his job in a college in Missouri, he got a half-ton Ford van, packed a few necessaries, including Leaves of Grass and Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks, and set out to follow the track of various ancestors and write a book about America. The book is called Blue Highways and it is a masterpiece ... Least Heat-Moon has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves, exploring their lives, capturing their language, and recreating little (or big) worlds, or moments. In short, he makes America seem new, in a very special way, and its people new. Blue Highways is a magnificent and unique tour.' Robert Penn Warren 'Least Heat-Moon is a witty, generous, sophisticated and democratic observer. His modesty, his subtle, kindly humour, and his uncanny gift for catching good people at good moments makes Blue Highways a joy to read.' Annie Dillard
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8little_paws
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I ended up really liking this travelogue from over 40 years ago. Occasionally I would pick up my phone to Google the little towns and see what they're like now (if even still in existence). Yes-- sometimes it got a little slow, but just skim a few pages and I'd end up sucked back in. It reads like a series of blog posts. He hits the region I grew up in and I think he caught the spirit of that region during that time well.

8little_paws Also that author photo reminds me of that Robert Redford nodding meme 🤣 1w
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8little_paws
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Recovering from another crappy cold, so guess I'll read this tonight. I'm allmost halfway through, it's just ok thus far. He's a good writer, but it can lose steam in sections.

Nebklvr I liked the spontaneous, wandering nature of this book...like a road trip to anywhere but here 1w
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Lcsmcat
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I love to #detour on the “blue highways” and stay off the interstates. #letsTravelJuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!!! 📚💕 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊❤️ 2mo
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IndoorDame
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#lilithjuly #getoutthemap

One of my poetry professors in college had me read this before my BFF & I took a 7wk cross country road trip on the blue highways. I remember Get Out The Map playing late one night just as we drove into Nashville.

Cinfhen Nice memory 💙thanks for sharing 3mo
KarenUK Such a great car tune! I love it when a song brings you back to a specific time and place.....💕 3mo
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Oblomov26
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I picked this up based on a reference in another book. A fascinating travelogue written by an English professor in the 1980‘s who adrift at the end of a relationship throws in his job to travel the blue highways (the roads of back country America) in search of authenticity and some answers to his personal issues. A book of encounters with local both kind and eccentric and contemplation on the changing nature of the country and its people

Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻 8mo
Suet624 I‘ve had this in my shelf for years. You‘re nudging me closer to picking it up. 8mo
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Angela66
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Excellent

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Angela66
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon

This is one of my favorite books. I love traveling down the two-lane highway and exploring. That said I would like to see a book that features an American road trip where the stops would consist of trying out different salons, going to different homosexual communities and shopping for clothes and shoes

#explore
#transformatiom

saguarosally I hear you, just bear in mind that I do a lot of shoe shopping at Goodwill and am exceptionally particular about pedicures. 1y
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youneverarrived
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I would love to spend a few month travelling around America! There‘s so many places I want to see but I‘ve always wanted to go to America ever since I was little. #nfaboutacountryyoudliketovisit #uncannyoctober

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Lcsmcat
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I know I've used this book before, but when I thought of #drive this well-loved book came to mind. #anditsAugust @RealLifeReading

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Lcsmcat
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I loved this book about America. William Least Heat Moon left his job as an English professor to travel around the US on the back roads - the ones that are blue on the map - and talked to people, getting them to tell interesting stories about their lives. Highly recommended ! #journey #jubilantJuly @RealLifeReading

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Hey @diovival the quotes you posted from this sounded so good! And I've got the Calvino book coming in the mail.

@CherylDeFranceschi I'm going to get that book from The Moth as well!

#blameitonLitsy #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

CherylDeFranceschi Yay! It's all the feels! 3y
diovival I hope you enjoy them! Come back and tell us what you think of it. I'm on my way to book club right now and itching to hear what the others have to say about it. 3y
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diovival
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A bit late but I'm finally finished my slow read! And just in time for Sunday night book club. Moo-Moo was being such book hog.
#recentnonfictionread #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

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diovival
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Pock-pock went the tarred road cracks. Pock-pock. The day remained dark, showers fell and stopped and came again, the uneven roadway collected water, the van hydroplaned every few minutes. The clamor of wind numbed my ears; the fever made me woozy. Pock-pock. First the highway held me, then it entered me, then I was the highway. Pock-pock, pock-pock. Prairie hypnosis.

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diovival
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"I ate a sandwich at the edge of a deep rift that opened like jaws to expose rocks so far below they were several hundred million years older than the ones I sat on. From the high edge I looked down on the glossy backs of swallows as they glided a thousand feet, closed their wings like folded fans, and plummeted into the abyss. It was a wild, mad, silent, spectacular descent of green iridescence that left me woozy."

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diovival
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#riotgrams Day15: #booksandtreats
Reading is delicious. Enjoying some of my holiday candy and digging into South by Southwest.

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diovival
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon

"They were more crabs than crates, and the critters kept hopping out of the overfilled boxes like popcorn in a hot skillet. The floor crawled with their oblique scuttles for the nearest dark underside. They scrabbled and clacked, and we crunched them into an agony of yellow ooze as we heaved on the crates. I started shuffling to avoid stepping on them."

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diovival
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#riotgrams Day 2: #whereiread
The daily commute is the perfect time to read. A book also provides a handy physical barrier between myself and any potential creepers.

Lupita.Reads THIS is such a cool photo! 3y
diovival @Lupita.Reads thank you! 3y
Louise What do you think of this book so far? It sounds really interesting! Adding it to TBR. 🤓 3y
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diovival @Louise I'm enjoying this one. I just finished reading the first leg of his trip. He's hyper-focused on all the little details that make up a place or a person. Really sets the scene. I find myself rereading sentences on occasion so I can savor a particular moment he captured on the page. I really like the portraits too. 3y
Louise Thanks, @diovival. I'm really interested in reading this now! 👍 3y
Louise P.S. When I looked it up on Amazon just now, I discovered that the author has also written a book about his creative process with this particular book: Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS: The Story of How a Book Happened https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826220266/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-08KybAX6GR0M This sounds like a great follow-up book! 3y
diovival @Louise Thank you!! I gotta remember to tell my book club about this. 3y
Louise Thank YOU too! I'm always glad to stumble upon a new book about the creative process. This combination of novel + process-of-writing-novel is stellar! 😍 3y
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diovival
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"After breakfast, I walked the scrupulous simplicity of the old halls. At the front door, a broad twin stairway with a sinuous walnut handrail coiled up to the third story. Generations of hands had polished the wood to the texture of plumskin. Inside one of the white-walled rooms, a woman, forlorn in the quiet economy of things, sat staring numbly through the miasma of her cigarette into the March grayness."

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diovival
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"First night on the road. I've read that fawns have no scent so that predators cannot track them down. For me, I heard the past snuffling about somewhere close."

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diovival
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The route: Eastward, East by Southeast, South by Southeast, South by Southwest, West by Southwest, West by Northwest, North by Northwest, North by Northeast, East by Northeast, Westward.

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BlueMonday42
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I love a good road memoir, and this is a great one. Few things are better than an open road, except for the stories you hear along the way. This kicked up my wanderlust and made me want to get back on the road.

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jdtchicago
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What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

Texreader Yep. Accurate. 3y
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SaintUrsula
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After some disarray in his personal life, Heat-Moon takes off on a journey around the US. He travels the blue highways - the small roads as opposed to the interstates. He thinks some aspects of American life are vanishing, but a surprising number are still hanging on today, 30 years later. The homogenization of towns is not yet complete. Recommended for anyone who's ever had wanderlust. 🚐🚐🚐🚐 4 camper vans out of 5.

charl08 I like the scoring system 3y
SaintUrsula @charl08 I figured I have all these emojis, I might as well use them. 😊 3y
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SaintUrsula
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"Dreams take up a lot of space?"
"All you'll give them."

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SaintUrsula
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a little before-bed reading - the dog isn't interested in travel stories apparently

charl08 Whatever the benefits of kindle, is much harder to find a photogenic angle! 3y
SaintUrsula @charl08 It's true, particularly with the ancient model I have, scratches on the screen and all. I think the Paperwhite is prettier probably. 3y
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Bookbeez
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Getting back to Blue Highways after a brief hiatus--it's like a conversation with an old friend. I love this book.

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