A Route 66 Companion

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 ItEven 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.
A Route Companion 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

  • Title: A Route 66 Companion
  • Author: David King Dunaway
  • ISBN: 9780292726604
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    David King Dunaway

    David King Dunaway received the first Ph.D in American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in folklore, history, and literature For the last thirty years he has been documenting the life and work of Pete Seeger, resulting in How Can I Keep From Singing Pete Seeger, published initially by McGraw Hill in 1981 and currently revised, updated, and republished by Villard Press at Random House in March, 2008 He has served as a visiting lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at the Universities of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Copenhagen University, Nairobi University, and the Universidad Nacional de Columbia Author of a half dozen volumes of history and biography, his specialty is the presentation of folklore, literature, and history via broadcasting Over the last decade he has been executive producer in a number of national radio series for Public Radio International his reporting appears in NPRs Weekend Edition and All Things Considered He is currently Professor of English at the University of New Mexico and Professor of Broadcasting at San Francisco State University.

    670 Comment

    • Karen Ertel said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      This book was a disappointment. When I noticed that it started with native American history long before the road was even built, I was sold on it. However, its short excerpts (1-3 pages long) seem disjointed and disorienting. It has a Foreword, and an Introduction, and a longish comment before each selection. These tended to be windy and uninformative. One of the most interesting parts offered insight into the plight of African Americans travelling Route 66 in the pre- and early civil rights era [...]

    • Emily Brown said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      My boyfriend gave me this book based on conversations we have had about taking a road trip using Route 66 to visit my family in Missouri. So, based on sentimentality alone, I have to like the book. Having grown up in a family that vacationed via long road trips, I have seen much of the Mother Road through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. I've seen the ramshackle remnants, and I have longed for the kitschy roadside motels and souvenir shops. Reading about the early history of the storie [...]

    • Robert Vincent said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      Michael Wallis, in his Forward gives an accurate account of what “A Route 66 Companion” offers the reader, “This collection of historic narratives, prose, poetry, essays, and personal memories provides readers with the most comprehensive view ever offered of the greater Route 66 story.”David King Dunaway has put together snippets from stories, songs, and poems from famous and not so famous writers with views of the “Mother Road” across it’s eight states from its pre-history to its [...]

    • Kathleen McRae said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      I loved reading this book of tales of Route 66 by a wide variety of writers . Route 66 was the original road from the midwest to the pacific coast and as such has seen a lot of history.This compilation of stories written about Route 66 encompass a time frame from the mid 1800's to futuristic times along the route.

    • Melissa said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      Compilation of story and oral history excerpts pertaining to Route 66. I liked how the book was set up: the stories were chronologically placed in geographic order from Midwest to California, as if you were traveling the infamous "Mother Road" from its infancy days in the mid-nineteen-twenties to its closure in the mid-nineteen-eighties as you read.

    • Dale said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      Most of the short pieces in this book have not very much to do with Route 66, at least not in any practical sense. I guess this is meant to give you an idea of the geographic and historical context. Some of the oral history from the 20s and 30s is pretty interesting, as is the diversity of perspective.You might find this enjoyable, but it just wasn't what I was looking for.

    • Francie said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      did not meet expectations

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