Title: Way off the road: Discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America
Author: Bill Geist
Publisher: Broadway Books
Series or stand-alone: Non-fiction
Setting: All over the USA
There is a world outside our own, out there and out of sight, between the coasts - between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Chicago and Saint Louis, Kansas City and Denver - where people live slower, closer to nature, farther apart spatially, yet somehow more attached; a world where money, celebrity, and raw ambition don't always hold sway, and where people tend not to take themselves quite so seriously.
First off, great first sentence. This first sentence sums up this book. I don't need to discuss it any further. Except to tell you about my favorite locals discussed in the book. Of course, there is the red rails in the sunset in Hanlontown, IA (since IA is where I call home). Population: Elsie in Monowi, NE, Moonburgers in Moonshine, IL and the muletrain mailman in Supai, AZ. Can anyone say ROAD TRIP?
I absolutely love these types of travelogues and wish there were more out there. This was a great way to present some of the US we might not know about. Well, more than likely DON'T know about, unless we live nearby, and even then it's not guaranteed.