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A Route 66 Companion

Format:  Paperback,

179 pages

Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780292726604

ISBN-10: 0292726600

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Even before there was a road, there was a route. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the old Santa Fe trace--all led across the Great Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California. America's insatiable westering urge culminated in Route 66, the highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Opened in 1926, Route 66 became the quintessential American road. It offered the chance for freedom and a better life, whether you were down-and-out Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl in the 1930s or cool guys cruising in a Corvette in the 1960s. Even though the interstates long ago turned Route 66 into a bylane, it still draws travelers from around the world who long to experience the freedom of the open road.

A Route 66 Companion gathers fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral history to present a literary historical portrait of America's most storied highway. From accounts of pioneering trips across the western plains to a sci-fi fantasy of traveling Route 66 in a rocket, here are stories that explore the mystique of the open road, told by master storytellers ranging from Washington Irving to Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Leslie Marmon Silko, and John Steinbeck. Interspersed among them are reminiscences that, for the first time, honor the varied cultures--Native American, Mexican American, and African American, as well as Anglo--whose experiences run through the Route 66 story like the stripe down the highway. So put the top down, set the cruise control, and "make that California trip" with A Route 66 Companion.

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Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780292726604
ISBN-10: 0292726600
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 179
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Foreword: America's Road by Michael Wallis
Introduction
Railroads and the Prehistory of Route 66
Buffalo Hunting on Route 66
ATour on the Prairies
On the Western Tour with Washington Irving
The Journals of the Superintendent of the Wagon World
Railroaders' Route 66
Jr., One Night in the Red Dog Saloon
The U.P. Trail
Recalling Route 66's Trail of Tears
A Bioregional Approach to Route 66: An Introduction
Prairie 66: Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas
The Santa Fe Trail
Too Many Midnights
The Lost Boy
The Boy: Okie Passage on Route 66
Blind Corner
West on 66
Plains 66: Oklahoma and Texas
Working with Will
The Autobiography of Will Rogers
Back Road 66
Wild Boy of the Road
The Negro Motorist Green Book
'53 Buick
Black on 66
Mr. Route 66
Kicking 66
On Route 66 in Texas
Cadillac Ranch
Mountain 66: New Mexico and Arizona
Mining Along 66
Hot Saturday
The Thin Mountain Air
Laguna Exile
The Grapes of Wrath
Ceremony
The Hitch-Hiker
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
Hispanic on Route 66
Desert and Coastal 66: California
Gunslinger
The High Window
Indian Farm-Workers on 66
The Music of 66
Soul in the Desert
Blue Time
Sleep in the Mojave Desert
Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream
Sleeping Beauty
The Future of 66
A Rocket Scientist Looks at Route 66's Future
Rogue in Space
Brave New World
A Select Route 66 Bibliography
Credits
Acknowledgments
About The Author

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-02-17)

What do Vachel Lindsay, Henry Miller, and Ry Cooder have in common? They are all included in this eclectic collection of writing about the mythic American road Route 66, which ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Dunaway (English, Univ. of New Mexico; Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals) intersperses poetry, prose, and memoir with oral histories from people who lived and traveled along the highway in its heyday, the 1930''s-1970''s. Some selections are obvious (John Steinbeck) and some are more of a stretch (Sylvia Plath). Most interesting are the oral histories, which tell of the African Americans, Hispanics, and Southwest Indians who drove or lived along the road.

An excerpt from The Negro Motorist Green Book explains that black travelers need a guide that lists establishments where they can find lodging or food without "embarrassment" or "inconvenience". Robert Murray Davis (English, emeritus, Univ. of Oklahoma; Playing Cowboys: Low Culture and High Art in the Western) compares Route 66 to an MGM pharaoh's temple or a Las Vegas casino, a space without authenticity or culture.

Verdict: Because most of these selections are available elsewhere, this is an optional purchase.

-Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Even before there was a road, there was a route. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the old Santa Fe trace—all led across the Great Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California. America’s insatiable westering urge culminated in Route 66, the highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Opened in 1926, Route 66 became the quintessential American road. It offered the chance for freedom and a better life, whether you were down-and-out Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl in the 1930s or cool guys cruising in a Corvette in the 1960s. Even though the interstates long ago turned Route 66 into a bylane, it still draws travelers from around the world who long to experience the freedom of the open road.

A Route 66 Companiongathers fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral history to present a literary historical portrait of America’s most storied highway. From accounts of pioneering trips across the western plains to a sci-fi fantasy of traveling Route 66 in a rocket, here are stories that explore the mystique of the open road, told by master storytellers ranging from Washington Irving to Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Leslie Marmon Silko, and John Steinbeck.

Interspersed among them are reminiscences that, for the first time, honor the varied cultures—Native American, Mexican American, and African American, as well as Anglo—whose experiences run through the Route 66 story like the stripe down the highway. So put the top down, set the cruise control, and “ make that California trip” withA Route 66 Companion.

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