After losing his job and separating from his wife, Heat-Moon departs on an extended, meditative road trip around the United States in a van he’s named Ghost Dancing, an allusion to his Osage ancestry. Equipped with a bunk, a camping stove, and copies of Leaves of Grass and Black Elk Speaks, he vows to avoid cities and the traffic-jammed interstates, taking only backroads—the rural “blue highways” marked in his trusty Rand McNally. Memorable small town conversations and cultural histories pepper his journey. A deliberate, reflective travelogue. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau
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