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From the acclaimed author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and Roads to Quoz, a dazzling collection of travel tales from the road.
HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries.
Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.
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William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the bestselling classics Blue Highways, River-Horse, and PrairyErth. He lives near Columbia, Missouri.From Booklist:
It’s collected-works time for the renowned author of such outstanding travel literature as Blue Highways (1983) and River-Horse (1999). Thirty magazine pieces comprise this assembly, with some articles ranging abroad, such as the author’s depictions of his ventures to New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and Britain. Most, however, amble around America or radiate from the author’s home states of Missouri and Kansas. Several articles further extol what watchfulness can reveal about the Sunflower State, or about anywhere else one goes. An example of attentiveness rewarded is Heat-Moon’s evocation of history’s layers between his home and the mile distant to the Missouri River: a farm returning to forest, mounds and glyphs of vanished woodland Indians, a rails-to-trails dispute, and Lewis and Clark. Similarly, a sedulous search for Lake Superior’s piscine bounty, remembered from childhood highway trips as his father’s navigator, takes Heat-Moon through the geology and fish shacks of northeastern Minnesota. Alaska, Oregon, the Mississippi River, and Long Island additionally frame the author’s peregrinations and kaleidoscopic visualization of a place’s landscape, people, and past. Expect a clamor for this compendium from Heat-Moon’s legion of readers. --Gilbert Taylor
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