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BLUE HIGHWAYS. A JOURNEY INTO AMERICA.

Least Heat Moon, William. (aka William Trogdon)

ISBN 10: 0316353957 / ISBN 13: 9780316353953
Published by ATLANTIC, LITTLE BROWN., BOSTON, 1982
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Close to near fine in near fine dj. SIGNED by William Least Heat Moon on title page. (Traces of light foxing to edges. Slight discoloration to brown hues on dj. which is endemic to this jacket) A classic of American travel literature. Bookseller Inventory # 311450

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Title: BLUE HIGHWAYS. A JOURNEY INTO AMERICA.

Publisher: ATLANTIC, LITTLE BROWN., BOSTON

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Recounts the author's journey through America along the nation's backroads

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First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity."

Driving cross-country in a van named Ghost Dancing, Heat-Moon (the name the Sioux give to the moon of midsummer nights) meets up with all manner of folk, from a man in Grayville, Illinois, "whose cap told me what fertilizer he used" to Scott Chisholm, "a Canadian citizen ... [who] had lived in this country longer than in Canada and liked the United States but wouldn't admit it for fear of having to pay off bets he made years earlier when he first 'came over' that the U.S. is a place no Canadian could ever love." Accompanied by his photographs, Heat-Moon's literary portraits of ordinary Americans should not be merely read, but savored.

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