Literary Road Trippin'

July 30, 2015


Summertime is humming along at full tilt, and if you’re anything like us, you can hear the open road beckoning in the July breeze.  That’s right, ’tis the season for the great American road trip, and luckily it’s never been easier to blend your warm-weather wanderlust and year-round bibliomania into one amazing August adventure.  Atlas Obscura – the “definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places” – has undertaken the “painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in America’s road-tripping literature.”  The result is an “obsessively detailed” interactive map that charts the cross-country routes of 12 books including Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.  For those short on vacation days or gas money, it’s a great way to take a literary road trip from the comfort of your couch or cubicle.  But if you can… live a little.  Roll down your windows, crank up the tunes (or – in this case – the audiobooks), and hit the actual highway with Atlas Obscura as your guide.  You can’t let Sal Paradise have all the fun.

Oprah's Book Club is Baaack

June 4, 2012

Oprah Winfrey is reviving her book club after a 2-year break.  This new version of  her book club is called Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and has been updated with with digital and social-media elements such as Facebook and Twitter.  Her first pick is Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a nonfiction tale of the author’s author’s epic hike of the Pacific Crest Trail that was published in March.  Wild is sure to climb up the NYT best-seller list now that it has the Oprah seal of approval.  Check out today’s article in the New York Times.


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