Blue Highways: A Journey into America

Blue Highways: A Journey into America

by William Least Heat-Moon




William Least Heat-Moon's journey into America began with little more than the need to put home behind him. At a turning point in his life, he packed up a van he called Ghost Dancing and escaped out of himself and into the country. The people and the places he discovered on his roundabout 13,000-mile trip down the back roads ("blue highways") and through small, forgotten towns are unexpected, sometimes mysterious, and full of the spark and wonder of ordinary life. Robert Penn Warren said, "He has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves." The power of Heat-Moon's writing and his delight in the overlooked and the unexamined capture a sense of our national destiny, the true American experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316140638
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: 10/28/1982

About the Author

Under the name of William Least Heat-Moon, William Trogdon is the author of two best-selling classics BLUE HIGHWAYS and PRAIRYERTH. His newest book is RIVER-HORSE: A VOYAGE ACR0SS AMERICA. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Table of Contents

East by Southeast
South by Southeast
South by Southwest
West by Southwest
West by Northwest
North by Northwest
North by Northeast
East by Northeast
Map 413(2)
Afterword 415(8)
Index of Towns and Cities 423(6)
Acknowledgments 429

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Blue Highways: A Journey into America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
StephenHughes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine travelogue of out-of-the-way places and the many different "hearts" of America. Least Heat Moon also has a great ear for dialect.