The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir

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A photo memoir of one man's travels through America that is as sprawling and chaotic as the country itself.
One day James A. Reeves realized that he no longer understood his country or what he should be doing in it. There was a time when the road to manhood was clear--go to war, find a job with a big company, wear a tie, and start a family --but then the wars got strange and companies changed. He decided to go for a drive to clear his head. What resulted is a scattershot journey spanning five years, forty thousand miles, twelve speeding tickets, and several moments of unexpected kindness through the neon corridors and dark corners of America.

Reeves drove along the back roads taking pictures and looking for answers, kept company by the nervous chatter of talk radio and the ambient drone of twenty-four-hour diners, as he drifted toward a slow reckoning with his own compulsions and sudden loss.

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"The inspiration is so simple: Head out at random into America and see what you find. James A. Reeves found the America no one seems to be looking for anymore, and he also found himself." -- Roger Ebert 

"On The Road for a new century." -- Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip 

"A tantalizing 21st Century cross between James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, this remarkable and utterly original memoir heralds the arrival of a new and important American voice. James A. Reeves's The Road to Somewhere will take you places you will not easily forget." -- Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog

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James A. Reeves is a writer, educator, and designer. He attended the University of Michigan, Pratt Institute, and Tulane Law School. He has taught courses in design, research, history, and visual culture at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. He is a partner at Civic Center. He lives in New Orleans.

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