Route 66: The Highway and Its People

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Scott and Kelly use oral history and photography as the basis for a human study of this country's most famous road. The stories and portraits are the biography of a highway, a legend, and a vanishing way of life. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Quinta Scott and Susan Croce Kelly pay homage to Route 66, the "great diagonal highway," in images and words that sharply evoke the past and flesh out the legend the highway has become. The two-lane blacktop--traveled in John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, Bobby Troup's ever-popular postwar jazz tune, and a filmed-on-location television series of the '60s--is recalled in duotones of motels, cafes, gas stations, and trading posts, along with many of their owners. Interviews with the proprietors and the travelers they served, along with people like sign painter Jack Fuss and cave promoter Lyman Riley, provide much of the color.

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Susan Croce Kelly is the award-winning author of Route 66: The Highway and Its People, and has written extensively about the history of U.S. Highway 66. She has a Master's Degree (research) in American History from Saint Louis University.

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