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BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited ebook ISBN: 0826219691
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Author: Edgar I. Ailor,William Least Heat-Moon
Number of Pages: 322 
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Media Kit In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, “The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity – but for how much longer who can say – and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us. Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon’s original trek. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to Blue Highways).


Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS ebook ISBN: 0826273254
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Number of Pages: 176 
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Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

Blue Highways

Blue Highways ebook ISBN: 0316218545
Publisher: Little, Brown
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Number of Pages: 420 
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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Foraging Along Blue Highways

Foraging Along Blue Highways ebook ISBN:
Author: Christopher Allan Davis
Number of Pages: 1006 
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Modern humans originated in Africa ~200-300,000 years ago (ka) during the Middle Stone Age (MSA; ~320-45 ka), and during this period developed complex foraging behaviors that facilitated their later expansion out of Africa and across the world. Studying early human behavior in the MSA is therefore critical to understanding how modern humans adapted to diverse environments and refining current models of human dispersal out of Africa. Previous work has provided valuable insight into MSA behaviors, but important questions remain, and additional data from sites sampling diverse habitats are necessary to understand the full range of MSA behavioral variability and test hypotheses about late Pleistocene human behavioral evolution and dispersal. This dissertation uses faunal remains from SM1 (> 40-60 ka), an open-air site located in NW Ethiopia, to investigate human behavior during the late MSA. Ongoing excavations at SM1 have recovered thousands of lithics and faunal remains deposited over multiple seasons of occupation at a time when seasonality and aridity in the region were at least as extreme as today. Zooarchaeological and taphonomic analyses make it possible to reconstruct site formation processes and human foraging behavior, and document diverse terrestrial vertebrates, fish, and mollusks at the site. Taxa present include bovids, suids, primates, hares, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, as well as multiple families of catfish, and several cyprinid and cichlid fish genera. Taphonomic analyses document abundant evidence for human accumulation of terrestrial fauna and fish, and moderate damage by non-human agents and processes. Results indicate that foraging behavior was seasonally structured, with an emphasis on hunting small-to-medium-sized terrestrial prey and regular fishing and aquatic foraging during the dry season. Comparative data from MSA sites in Ethiopia, Morocco, and South Africa indicate that taphonomic signatures from SM1 are most similar to other open-air sites, and quite different from cave sites, and suggest caution when interpreting human behavior at open-air sites based on criteria derived largely from caves. Results offer valuable insight into late MSA human behavior in this understudied region of the Horn of Africa, and provide a taphonomic baseline for future studies of open-air MSA sites in Africa

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow ebook ISBN: 9780813920658
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Author: Mark Christopher Allister
Number of Pages: 199 
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This study brings together the genres of autobiography and environmental literature. It examines a form of grief narrative in which writers deal with mourning by standing outside the text in writing about the natural world, and inside it in making that exposition part of the grieving process.

Fresh Air Fiend

Fresh Air Fiend ebook ISBN: 9780618126934
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Paul Theroux
Number of Pages: 466 
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The travel writer shares his essays on a host of his favorite destinations, including Hong Kong, Maine, Africa, and the Pacific islands.

Seagulls And Camels...

Seagulls And Camels... ebook ISBN: 1450098207
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: Douglas D. Hubbard
Number of Pages: 502 
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Seagulls And Camels, And Other Tales That Touch The Heart is a delightful montage of a lifetime of stories, reflections, and observations by the author on his way to becoming an octogenarian (a person who is in his eighties). It is a feel-good book for replaced, unhurried, recreational reading, and readers will appreciate the author's intentional avoidance of politics, gloom and doom, confrontational or divisive issues of any kind, or the advocating of any sort of "causes". This book is for sheer time-out enjoyment.

The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia

The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia ebook ISBN: 078649154X
Publisher: McFarland
Author: David A. Waples
Number of Pages: 377 
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The large scale, practical uses of natural gas were initially introduced by innovators Joseph Pew and George Westinghouse for the steel and glass industries in Pittsburgh, and local gas companies evolved from individual wells to an interstate supply network acquired by Rockefeller’s Standard Oil interests. Natural gas is now a prevalent part of American markets and with the production from the Marcellus shale is filling the critical void left by a lack of new coal, oil, and nuclear power facilities. This vital American enterprise began in the Appalachian states as an accidental and underestimated byproduct of the oil rush of 1859. This book explores the evolution and significance of the natural gas industry to the present day.

Tales From The Trips

Tales From The Trips ebook ISBN: 1462019641
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: Robert J. Bresky, Jr.
Number of Pages: 152 
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Back Cover Copy: What Authonomy authors and readers are saying about Tales From The Trips: --You Rock! --Great story-telling --Fun read --Amusing --Well crafted and polished --Fascinating --Conversational tone --Warm and compelling

At a Glance: Writing Paragraphs and Beyond, with Integrated Readings

At a Glance: Writing Paragraphs and Beyond, with Integrated Readings ebook ISBN: 128544468X
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Author: Lee Brandon,Kelly Brandon
Number of Pages: 240 
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Effective and affordable, the Sixth Edition of AT A GLANCE: WRITING PARAGRAPHS AND BEYOND, WITH INTEGRATED READINGS guides students through the recursive flow of writing with revision and editing. The Sixth Edition adds a chapter on classification to its instruction in the process of prewriting, organizing, writing, and revising the paragraph and, optionally, the short essay. This edition features forty provocative, integrated readings (with accompanying quizzes on the Student Companion Site), optional reading-based writing instruction (summary, reaction, and two-part response), a chapter introducing the short essay, and a comprehensive handbook (supported by exercises and quizzes on the Student Companion Site). The ideal bridge to help students climb to the next tier of an English writing program, this new edition can be used alone or with another Brandon book such as AT A GLANCE: SENTENCES; AT A GLANCE: WRITING ESSAYS AND BEYOND, WITH INTEGRATED READINGS; or AT A GLANCE: READER. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Rediscovering America

Rediscovering America ebook ISBN: 141163389X
Author: Brian W. Fairbanks
Number of Pages: 92 
File: rediscovering-america.pdf
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What is an American? Our diversity makes us unique. It also makes us strong. But from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Ronald Reagan and James Baldwin, those born and raised in the land of the free share some common traits. Who exemplifies and who betrays America's promise? The three controversial essays in REDISCOVERING AMERICA ("America and the Perfectibility of Man," "James Baldwin: Loving and Leaving America," and "The Pattern American") examine the character of the United States as expressed in the writings of Crevecoeur, Benjamin Franklin, James Baldwin and other significant American figures. A history lesson as sophisticated as it is succinct.

Uneasy Rider

Uneasy Rider ebook ISBN: 9780679416715
Publisher: VNR AG
Author: Mike Bryan
Number of Pages: 349 
File: uneasy-rider.pdf
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The author of If at First offers an entertaining, insightful travelogue on life on America's interstate highways, detailing the people and places that he encounters as he heads west across Texas, through New Mexico and Arizona, to the City of Angels. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

The Power of Maps

The Power of Maps ebook ISBN: 9780898624939
Publisher: Guilford Press
Author: Denis Wood,John Fels
Number of Pages: 248 
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This volume ventures into terrain where even the most sophisticated map fails to lead--through the mapmaker's bias. Denis Wood shows how maps are not impartial reference objects, but rather instruments of communication, persuasion, and power. Like paintings, they express a point of view. By connecting us to a reality that could not exist in the absence of maps--a world of property lines and voting rights, taxation districts and enterprise zones--they embody and project the interests of their creators. Sampling the scope of maps available today, illustrations include Peter Gould's AIDS map, Tom Van Sant's map of the earth, U.S. Geological Survey maps, and a child's drawing of the world. THE POWER OF MAPS was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design.


PrairyErth ebook ISBN: 0547527470
Publisher: HMH
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Number of Pages: 640 
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This New York Times bestseller by the author of Blue Highways is “a majestic survey of land and time and people in a single county of the Kansas plains” (Hungry Mind Review). William Least Heat-Moon travels by car and on foot into the core of our continent, focusing on the landscape and history of Chase County—a sparsely populated tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of central Kansas—exploring its land, plants, animals, and people until this small place feels as large as the universe. Called a “modern-day Walden” by the Chicago Sun-Times, PrairyErth is a journey through a place, through time, and into the human mind from the acclaimed author of Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road. “A sense of the American grain that will give [PrairyErth] a permanent place in the literature of our country.” —Paul Theroux, The New York Times

Leanings 3

Leanings 3 ebook ISBN: 0760346429
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Author: Peter Egan,Cycle World
Number of Pages: 304 
File: leanings-3.pdf
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"Cycle World Columnist Peter Egan shares his tales from the road, motorcycling philosophy, and keen observations about the two-wheeled life in this fresh collection of motorcycle musings delivered in his signature wise but amusing style"--

Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina

Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina ebook ISBN: 1469607034
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Author: Georgann Eubanks
Number of Pages: 384 
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This concluding volume of the Literary Trails of North Carolina trilogy takes readers into an ancient land of pale sand, dense forests, and expansive bays, through towns older than our country and rich in cultural traditions. Here, writers reveal lives long tied to the land and regularly troubled by storms and tell tales of hardship, hard work, and freedom. Eighteen tours lead readers from Raleigh to the Dismal Swamp, the Outer Banks, and across the Sandhills as they explore the region's connections to over 250 writers of fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, Georgann Eubanks brings to life the state's rich literary heritage as she explores these writers' connection to place and reveals the region's vibrant local culture. Excerpts invite readers into the authors' worlds, and web links offer resources for further exploration. Featured authors include A. R. Ammons, Gerald Barrax, Charles Chesnutt, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Kaye Gibbons, Harriet Jacobs, Jill McCorkle, Michael Parker, and Bland Simpson. Literary Trails of North Carolina is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.

Scoring from Second

Scoring from Second ebook ISBN: 9780803206953
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Author: Philip F. Deaver
Number of Pages: 327 
File: scoring-from-second.pdf
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Why do accomplished writers (and grown-ups) like Ron Carlson, Rick Bass, and Michael Chabon (to name but a few of those represented here) still obsess over their baseball days? What is it about this green game of suspense that not only moves us but can also move us to flights of lyrical writing? In Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball some of the literary lights of our day answer these questions with essays, reminiscences, and meditations on the sport that is America's game but also a deeply personal experience for player, observer, and fan alike. Here writers as different as Andre Dubus and Leslie Epstein, Chabon and Floyd Skloot, Michael Martone and William Least Heat-Moon reflect on the game they grew up with, the players who thrilled them, and the lessons that baseball holds for us all. From the one-season wonder to the long-haul heroes to the hall of fame, the game that has framed so many American summers-and lives-comes to quirky, instructive, and always entertaining life in these pages. Philip F. Deaver is the author of How Men Pray and Silent Retreats and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is writer-in-residence and associate professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Lee K. Abbott is the author of seven collections of short stories, including Wet Places at Noon and All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories. He is a professor of English at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Contributors: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Rick Bass, Larry Blakely, Earl S. Braggs, Christopher Buckley, Rick Campbell, David Carkeet, Ron Carlson, Michael Chabon, Mick Cochrane, Hal Crowther, Andre Dubus, Leslie Epstein, Gary Forrester, Lee Gutkind, Jeffrey Hammond, Jeffrey Higa, Peter Ives, Richard Jackson, William Least Heat-Moon, Lee Martin, Michael Martone, Cris Mazza, Kyle Minor, Dan O'Neill, Susan Perabo, Rachael Perry, Kurt Rheinheimer, Louis D. Rubin Jr., Luke Salisbury, Floyd Skloot, Tom Stanton, Michael Steinberg, Tim D. Stone, and Robert Vivian.


Roads ebook ISBN: 9781439129012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Larry McMurtry
Number of Pages: 208 
File: roads.pdf
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As he crisscrosses America -- driving in search of the present, the past, and himself -- Larry McMurtry shares his fascination with this nation's great trails and the culture that has developed around them. Ever since he was a boy growing up in Texas only a mile from Highway 281, Larry McMurtry has felt the pull of the road. His town was thoroughly landlocked, making the highway his "river, its hidden reaches a mystery and an enticement. I began my life beside it and I want to drift down the entire length of it before I end this book." In Roads, McMurtry embarks on a cross-country trip where his route is also his destination. As he drives, McMurtry reminisces about the places he's seen, the people he's met, and the books he's read, including more than 3,000 books about travel. He explains why watching episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show might be the best way to find joie de vivre in Minnesota; the scenic differences between Route 35 and I-801; which vigilantes lived in Montana and which hailed from Idaho; and the history of Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, and Custer that still haunts Route 2 today. As it makes its way from South Florida to North Dakota, from eastern Long Island to Oregon, Roads is travel writing at its best.

Civic Communion

Civic Communion ebook ISBN: 9780742537033
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Author: David E. Procter
Number of Pages: 167 
File: civic-communion.pdf
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How does community arise in and exist through communication? Blending theory and case studies, Civic Communion looks at community-building in rural America and how civic-minded people come together through a variety of ways, such as hosting and attending festivals, addressing conflict, planning the community, and maintaining heritage museums. David E. Procter's insightful work reveals a specific and significant form of community 'talk' that serves to build and sustain community.