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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.
©1982 William Least Heat-Moon (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. on 01-25-13

A new Mark Twain... this is a great book

I loved this book. The title intrigued me but with a new author you never know, especially with no ratings. The book grabbed me right from the beginning and never let go. It is very well written. It is funny, interesting, quirky, just an overall good experience. If you want to go on a road adventure through the back roads of America and into local peoples homes and lives try this book. I do not think you will be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe Bloggs on 03-03-13

A Journey into the Heart of America

What did you love best about Blue Highways?

The people William Least Heat Moon met. They made this book, without them the book would be lacking.

What did you like best about this story?

A man sets out across America with a few gas cards, little money and a van to live in. He's searching for something, maybe himself, what America is to him, history, peace of mind, adventure? He doesn't fully understand it himself. Recently divorced, out of work and generally down on his luck, Least Heat Moon is taking a stab at a long time dream to drive across America on the back roads, avoiding mainstream everything. He does it and this book documents his journey.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but the performance is excellent. The voice changes and inflection capture the essence of the words and make you feel as if you are there.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The encounter with the guy in the desert. The guy is depressed and a bit strange. I can't really describe it here, but somehow the whole incident becomes a metaphor for two different ways to solve your problems or to look at the world.

Any additional comments?

What is this book? It's part local lore and history of various places in America, part travel adventure, part introspective and all excellent writing. America is a different place than it was in 1978 when the journey was made, but I think the basic fabric of America that Least Heat Moon discovered is still there.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-07-18

An epic journey i'd love to take.

I loved it. a gigantic journey full of interesting people and descriptions of places. Ok i could'be done without the rambling metaphysical nonsense and a tendency to quote the same few people over and over but what the hell, i was captivated by this book. 40 years on, i wonder how this journey would look and sound like today.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr M Goldberg on 12-12-16

A beautiful book, beautifully narrated

A deep and very thought provoking story describing the journey of a highly intelligent man as he journeys through some really fascinating and diverse parts of the US. His fusion of native American and European ancestry makes for a refreshing and entertaining perspective on what makes those remote and sometimes isolated communities tick. I loved following William Least Heat Moon's journey on Google Earth or Google Maps as I commute to work on the train.

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