The title of yesterday’s post, Blue Highways, refers to a book by William Least Heat Moon. Older maps showed the new Interstates in red and the smaller back roads – the roads that actually went through towns – in blue. The author travelled these older roads, met and photographed the people he met there, hoping to find something he was missing.
When I talked about how much I liked this book, a friend recommended Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck.
Both are wonderful travel books about the open road at particular times in America – not guide books – books about being a traveller, being open to new experiences, about meeting people where they live, and taking note of what makes the individual – and a place – special.
These are books about how the journey changes a person – if you let it.
Other (non-fiction) travelling books I like:
Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Without Reservations, by Alice Steinbach
Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
What are your favourites travel books?
listening to: Blues Traveler, The Mountains Win Again