The Longest Road

The Longest Road

Overland in Search of America From Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Book - 2013
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One of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large. Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he'd drive from the nation's southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, talking to everyday Americans about their lives and asking how they would answer his question. So it was that in 2011, in an America more divided than in living memory, Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer (hereafter known as "Fred" and "Ethel") from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering 16,000 miles. He spoke to everyone from a West Virginia couple saving souls to a Native American shaman and taco entrepreneur. What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today's United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.--Publisher's description.
Traces the author's 2011 road trip from the southernmost to the northernmost points of the United States to experience firsthand the country's diversity and political tensions in the face of a historic economic recession.
Published: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805094466
Branch Call Number: 973.93 CAP
Characteristics: 304 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"What binds the people of the large and diverse United States of America together? That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo wondered. To find some answers, the 69-year-old set out from the southernmost point of the continental U.S., Key West, Florida, with his wife and two dogs in a truck pulling an Airstream trailer. Their destination? The northernmost point they could drive to: Deadhorse, Alaska on the Arctic Ocean. As they make their way along back roads, Caputo asks a wide variety of people his question. The result is an "always engaging and frequently reassuring" (Publishers Weekly) look at modern America that fans of previous road trip travelogues (like Jack Kerouac's On the Road and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley) should certainly pick up." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter


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