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SteinbeckSadly, I don’t find enough time to read for leisure, but after my buddy Jim Byers (@JimByersTravel) tweeted a few days ago—“Finally, I heartily recommend John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley in Search of America“; he and his dog across the USA. A fave of my Dad’s, too.”—I’m adding this classic John Steinbeck to my “to-read list.”

It sounds like a fantastic book for anyone who’s interested in the United States of America. According to Amazon.com’s description: “To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck’s goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.”

Grab it: Grab a copy of “Travels With Charley in Search of America” by John Steinbeck for $8.26 (paperback) here.


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