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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101980286
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

Tony Horwitz, in his now final book, Spying on the South, follows the same routes Frederick Law Olmsted took in touring the U.S. South in the 1850s, using as often as he can the same modes of transportation, including floating on a coal barge through West Virginia near the sojourn's outset and on mule-back into the south Texas desert heat, at its end. Both Olmsted, young and idealistic, on assignment for the still-fledgling New York Times, and Horwitz, researching again the same southern landscape where he has previously witnessed and reported on the Confederacy's lingering political pall, live to see their words come to light, Olmsted's culminated in the U.S. Civil War, Horwitz's in rampant unrest and antipathy, which has seared into the support for and election of Donald Trump as president, making Spying on the South an imperative read for all, but especially for anyone who fears history's repeating. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316353298
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

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


The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

Have you ever been curious about what the working life of a long haul van line driver might be like? The author takes us on a witty, humorous, and informative cross country trip with him. His first exposure to trucking resulted in his decision to drop out of college to spend the next 30 years as a high-end “bedbugger”, showing us a life few of us know about, with funny and poignant stories of the people he moves. A delightful, informative romp! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


A Vineyard in Tuscany

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ISBN: 9780920256855
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Published: Albatross - May 15th, 2015

The author pulls you into his own families’ story about transforming a 13 th century abandoned friary into a home of their dreams as well as how they built a world-acclaimed wine estate. He boasts about how his wife Candace becomes an award winning wine maker and along with the building the author weaves tales of how they rebuilt their home, how to hunt porcini, and chase runaway tractors. Full of memorable stories of friends they meet along their journey. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


All Good Things

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ISBN: 9781592408832
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Published: Avery - June 3rd, 2014

What I wouldn’t give to be given the opportunity to up and move to Tahiti. Turnball was given such a chance when her husband was relocated there for work. She discusses the realities of living on a beautiful, yet isolated island, as well as becoming acquainted with customs that are not your own. Turnball lets the reader in on some very personal moments in her life, whether it be her quest and ultimate struggle to have children or how alone she feels at times. She writes with such vivid imagery that from page one I felt as if I were joining her on her daily swim in the lagoon adjacent to her house. A lovely look into a couple of years in Sarah Turnball’s life. ~ Reviewed by Misha D'Andrea


The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451659177
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

A unique blend of adventure story, history, biography and humor. A great gift for men especially. Highly recommended!! Great fun!!! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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