Abbey, Edward. (The Thoreau of the American West) Many titles including: Desert Solitaire, The Best of Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang and more.
The above titles are a partial listing of a sincere and sensitive radical conservationist who has written about the American West in both fiction and nonfiction. Desert Solitaire is a very insightful work relative to the preservation vs. accessibility of our National Parks and Wilderness Areas. Available from most bookstores and Amazon.com Check the used section for some real deals.
Kerouac, Jack. "On The Road" The original capturing of the wanderlust of the human spirit. The analogy of the road to life. This title has been compared to the Huckleberry Finn of the mid-twentieth century. Kerouac substitutes the road for a river, and the fast car for the slow raft. Other titles include: Visions of Cody, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur and more.
Brinkley, Douglas. THE MAJIC BUS: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY This book came to my attention approximately one year after I started the American Odyssey Program. It is the story of a professor who became tired of the irrelevance of education in the colleges and universities and decided to do something about it. (Sound Familiar?) This book is back in print due to popular demand. When I last checked, Amazon.com had several used copies. If you are interested in checking out Douglas Brinkley's Majic Bus web site, then go to this link:
Least Heat-Moon, William. "Blue Highways : A Journey into America" -- A book about the desire to see the country and discover the inner self by traveling the least traveled highways of America the Blue Highways of the roadmaps.
Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Fletcher, Colin. "The Man Who Walked Through Time" An account of a backpacker's 2 month journey through the Grand Canyon.
Grey, Zane. "The Last of the Plainsmen", "The Arizona Clan", and "The Call of the Canyon". Wonderful insight to the natural areas of northern Arizona.
Steinbeck, John. "Cannery Row" Novel published in 1945. Like most of Steinbeck's postwar work, Cannery Row is sentimental in tone while retaining the author's characteristic social criticism. Peopled by stereotypical good-natured bums and warm-hearted prostitutes living on the fringes of Monterey, Calif., the picaresque novel celebrates lowlifes who are poor but happy.
McPhee, John. "Rising up from the Plains" and other titles. A geologist's interpretation of the high country of Montana and other areas including The Rocky Mountains.
Rand McNally Road Atlas Get this at Wal - Mart approx. $5.00 The Wal - Mart version is about ½ price because they list all of the Wal - Mart stores in America. In a bookstore or an office supply store these would be almost twice as much. Bring a Highlighter for tracing our Route. You will get very good at navigating.
Route 66 Titles
There are several excellent titles.
Wallis, Michael. "Route 66: The Mother Road" NY 1990
Anderson, Warren. "Vanishing Roadside America" Tuscon, 1981
Snyder, Tom. "A Route 66 Travelers Guide: A Roadside Companion" NY 1990
This is not intended to be a complete list of books and guidebooks etc. The titles listed are ones that I have read or have been recommended to me by participants who have read them. If you are one who is working to receive credit for your trip, I can answer questions that you may have regarding these and more titles. I can also direct you to further readings and more titles. If you are interested in the idea of using Experiential Education in your classroom and the similarity of American Odyssey to the Outward Bound School Programs, I will gladly provide you with more ideas and titles regarding these ideas as well. Feel free to ask.
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