BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited

BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited


Author : Edgar I. Ailor
Publisher : University of Missouri Press
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ISBN : 0826219691
Pages : 322 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (826 users)

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In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, "The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity – but for how much longer who can say – and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us." Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon’s original trek. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to Blue Highways).


Blue Highways

Blue Highways


Author : William Least Heat-Moon
Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 0316218545
Pages : 420 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (316 users)

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map -- if they get on at all -- only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.


Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS


Author : William Least Heat-Moon
Publisher : University of Missouri Press
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ISBN : 0826273254
Pages : 176 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (826 users)

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Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.


Blue Highways

Blue Highways


Author : William Least Heat-Moon
Publisher : Macmillan Reference USA
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ISBN : 9780816135967
Pages : 790 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (135 users)

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In this account of his twelve-thousand-mile journey across America--tracing his white ancestors--a native American reveals a glimpse of backroads America


The Blue Highway

The Blue Highway


Author : Ethel Owen
Publisher :
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ISBN :
Pages : 126 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (89 users)

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Ecospatiality

Ecospatiality


Author : Lowell Wyse
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
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ISBN : 1609387740
Pages : 272 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (69 users)

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"John Steinbeck's Salinas Valley. Richard Wright's Chicago. Leslie Marmon Silko's New Mexico. Readers often have strong connections with literary places like these. And some works of literature can even change our understanding of the world we live in. But can place also change our view of literature? Site-Reading advances a place-based approach to literature, reading classic texts through the twin lenses of geographical awareness and environmental thought. This book highlights recent developments in ecocriticism and geocriticism to argue for a theory of "ecospatiality" with nature, space, and story as the three elements of place. Site-Reading reconsiders well-known works of twentieth-century American prose and shows how social and environmental issues always overlap. Travel writer William Least Heat-Moon, whose work embodies the ecospatial perspective, portrays his experiences with place on the local, regional, and continental scales. Classic novels by Silko, Willa Cather, and Ana Castillo-usually discussed in isolation-converge in a way that maps diverse cultural perspectives and environmental threats onto the shared geography of Central New Mexico. A reading of Steinbeck's Salinas Valley Watershed texts investigates the impacts of literary tourism in "Steinbeck Country" before drilling down into Steinbeck's portrayals of spatial development and environmental history. And an innovative analysis of Native Son shows how Richard Wright uses cartographic details to decry the spatial/racial politics of South Side Chicago in the 1930s. In this book, Lowell Wyse shows how place provides the grounds for both human experience and critical practice. By bringing together concepts like literary cartography, deep mapping, and bioregionalism in an "ecospatial" approach, Site-Reading not only maps new terrain between ecocriticism and geocriticism, but also shows why place matters-in the world and in the text"--


Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit (Alan Cohen title)

Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit (Alan Cohen title)


Author : Alan Cohen
Publisher : Hay House, Inc
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ISBN : 1401941184
Pages : 349 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (41 users)

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Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit is about the many dreams that people experience in a lifetime and how to pay attention to those dreams and use them in a practical way to join personal awakening with interpersonal healing. Alan Cohen helps readers sustain the courage to release fear and allow themselves to be lifted naturally to the next stage of transformation.


Inscriptions on a Belt

Inscriptions on a Belt


Author : Curtis Bent
Publisher : AuthorHouse
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ISBN : 1524650153
Pages : 436 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (524 users)

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Inscriptions is a fictional account of persons and events. The title is derived from the ritual of graduation at Harvest Valley School wherein students burned their names on the authors weight belt. With intrigue as its backdrop Inscriptions presents the personal stories of seven emotionally disturbed students and the staff whose job it was to nurture, heal, and educate them. The story is told through Lou, an educator who would rather be hanging out with his buddies in right field at Fenway, and Laura, a prodigal West Coast Catholic daughter who is seeking to escape the embracing hold of her Italian family. They are thrown together by State dictates to develop and implement a school-based therapeutic program. Their struggle to find a meeting of the minds mirrors the tension that frequently occurs between Education and Mental Health. The two professionals are joined in their venture by a host of vivid characters as they take on the complexities of the youngsters placed in their care, and seek to make a difference in their lives. The reader is invited to join the Valley Oak Day Treatment Program as they take on the challenges.


The Guide to United States Popular Culture

The Guide to United States Popular Culture


Author : William Labov
Publisher : Popular Press
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ISBN : 9780879728212
Pages : 1010 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (728 users)

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"To understand the history and spirit of America, one must know its wars, its laws, and its presidents. To really understand it, however, one must also know its cheeseburgers, its love songs, and its lawn ornaments. The long-awaited Guide to the United States Popular Culture provides a single-volume guide to the landscape of everyday life in the United States. Scholars, students, and researchers will find in it a valuable tool with which to fill in the gaps left by traditional history. All American readers will find in it, one entry at a time, the story of their lives."--Robert Thompson, President, Popular Culture Association. "At long last popular culture may indeed be given its due within the humanities with the publication of The Guide to United States Popular Culture. With its nearly 1600 entries, it promises to be the most comprehensive single-volume source of information about popular culture. The range of subjects and diversity of opinions represented will make this an almost indispensable resource for humanities and popular culture scholars and enthusiasts alike."--Timothy E. Scheurer, President, American Culture Association "The popular culture of the United States is as free-wheeling and complex as the society it animates. To understand it, one needs assistance. Now that explanatory road map is provided in this Guide which charts the movements and people involved and provides a light at the end of the rainbow of dreams and expectations."--Marshall W. Fishwick, Past President, Popular Culture Association Features of The Guide to United States Popular Culture: 1,010 pages 1,600 entries 500 contributors Alphabetic entries Entries range from general topics (golf, film) to specific individuals, items, and events Articles are supplemented by bibliographies and cross references Comprehensive index


The Practitioner’s Path in Speech-Language Pathology

The Practitioner’s Path in Speech-Language Pathology


Author : Wendy Papir Bernstein
Publisher : Plural Publishing
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ISBN : 1944883460
Pages : 402 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (944 users)

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The Practitioner's Path in Speech-Language Pathology: The Art of School-Based Practice bridges the gap between theory and practice, evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, and the science and artistry of speech-language pathology. This book takes a critical look at areas related to wellness, professional development, and growth that can impact the personal self along with the professional self. It examines each area through an overview of inter-disciplinary research in addition to personal narratives illustrating key principles and strategies and offers the reader a professionally balanced perspective. The first section of the book helps us understand the importance of building a foundation for our clinical path through a discussion about scientific and evidence-based principles, different types of knowledge systems, and development of wisdom. The second section of the book helps us understand the importance of supporting our foundation through an introduction to reflection, counsel and care, balance and harmony, growth and detachment. The third section of the book includes chapters that serve as pillars of practice: organizational frameworks, materials and activities, measuring progress, best practices, and the importance of community. The fourth and final section of the book highlights shared vision, clinical expertise, emotional intelligence, leadership trends, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and research dissemination. This book challenges us to consider our own perceptions about the explicit nature of professional practice, and facilitates the development of four attitudes that can have a profound impact on both clinical success and professional satisfaction: a scientific attitude, a therapeutic attitude, a professional attitude, and a leadership attitude. It contains a blend of clinical evidence and research, practitioner views, common sense, philosophical stances, and historical overviews. The Practitioner's Path in Speech-Language Pathology is designed for students and practitioners who are actively involved with the process of knowledge acquisition, and targets issues we encounter along our path to becoming reflective practitioners, as they relate to the excellence behind and scholarship within teaching and learning.


Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow


Author : Mark Christopher Allister
Publisher : University of Virginia Press
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ISBN : 0813920647
Pages : 199 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (813 users)

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This study brings together the genres of autobiography and environmental literature. It examines a form of grief narrative in which writers deal with mourning by standing outside the text in writing about the natural world, and inside it in making that exposition part of the grieving process.


Road-book America

Road-book America


Author : Rowland A. Sherrill
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
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ISBN : 9780252025464
Pages : 418 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (25 users)

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In Road-Book America, Rowland A. Sherrill explores how the old picaresque tradition, embodied in such novels as Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, opens to include a number of recent American texts, both fiction and nonfiction. Sketching the socially marginal, ingenuous, travelling characters common to old and new versions of the genre, Road-Book America is a wide-ranging and sophisticated discussion of the "new American picaresque", exemplified by William Least HeatMoon's Blue Highways, John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, James Leo Herlihy's Midnight Cowboy, Bill Moyers's Listening to America, E. L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate, and hundreds of other narratives published in the past four decades. Open, resilient, adaptable, and perennially hopeful, the protagonist of the new American picaresque follows a therapeutic path for the alienated modern self and lays the groundwork for spiritual renewal.


Neck Tales

Neck Tales


Author : Thea Marshall
Publisher : Brandylane Publishers Inc
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ISBN : 1883911869
Pages : 120 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (883 users)

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Contains stories first broadcast on NPR.


Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50

Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50


Author : Jamie Jensen
Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 1612388159
Pages : 96 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (612 users)

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Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of US-50, Jamie begins in San Francisco and heads all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. Passing through 11 states and some of the country's most magnificent landscapes, Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50 highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, local lore, and oddball trivia. From sea to shining sea, this drive follows the footsteps of pioneers and gives a reverse time line of national development. Exit the interstates and create your own driving adventures on the backbone of America with Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50.


To Walt Whitman, America

To Walt Whitman, America


Author : Kenneth M. Price
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
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ISBN : 0807876119
Pages : 192 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (87 users)

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Walt Whitman "is America," according to Ezra Pound. More than a century after his death, Whitman's name regularly appears in political speeches, architectural inscriptions, television programs, and films, and it adorns schools, summer camps, truck stops, corporate centers, and shopping malls. In an analysis of Whitman as a quintessential American icon, Kenneth Price shows how his ubiquity and his extraordinarily malleable identity have contributed to the ongoing process of shaping the character of the United States. Price examines Whitman's own writings as well as those of writers who were influenced by him, paying particular attention to Whitman's legacies for an ethnically and sexually diverse America. He focuses on fictional works by Edith Wharton, D. H. Lawrence, John Dos Passos, Ishmael Reed, and Gloria Naylor, among others. In Price's study, Leaves of Grass emerges as a living document accruing meanings that evolve with time and with new readers, with Whitman and his words regularly pulled into debates over immigration, politics, sexuality, and national identity. As Price demonstrates, Whitman is a recurring starting point, a provocation, and an irresistible, rewritable text for those who reinvent the icon in their efforts to remake America itself.


The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing

The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing


Author : Alfred Bendixen
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 0521861098
Pages : 301 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (521 users)

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A stimulating overview of American journeys from the eighteenth century to the present.


The Yankee Road: Tracing the Journey of the New England Tribe That Created Modern America

The Yankee Road: Tracing the Journey of the New England Tribe That Created Modern America


Author : James D. McNiven
Publisher : Wheatmark, Inc.
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ISBN : 162787142X
Pages : 578 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (627 users)

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Who is a Yankee and where did the term come from? Though shrouded in myth and routinely used as a substitute for American, the achievements of the Yankees have influenced nearly every facet of our modern way of life. Join author Jim McNiven as he explores the emergence and influence of Yankee culture while traversing an old transcontinental highway reaching from the Atlantic to the Pacific -- US 20, which he nicknames "The Yankee Road." The Yankee Road: Tracing the Journey of the New England Tribe that Created Modern America combines fascinating history with a travel narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the places Yankees and their descendants settled as they expanded westward. Using a physical road to connect locations important to the Yankee cultural "road," McNiven takes us on twenty-two side trips into individual stories, introducing readers to the origins of such large-scale and diverse ideas as conservation, public education, telegraphy, mass production, religion, and labor reform. See familiar places and stories in a Yankee light, such as the fight for women's rights in Seneca Falls and Walden Pond that Thoreau made famous. Learn about less familiar venues like Route 128's technology companies that led to the creation of the computer industry (and incidentally, the Internet), and to the Worcester suburb of Shrewsbury, where two old women changed the world by making possible the birth control pill. McNiven's first tour goes as far west as the Pennsylvania-New York border, with more stories to come. As we travel The Yankee Road, we will meet some of the men and women who made these ideas happen. Harry Truman once said, "I like roads. I like to move." This is a road book. Come on along.