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Adult Book Lists: From Sea to Shining Sea: Tales of Travel Across America

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Stephen Fry / 917.304931 FRY
Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All (DVD)
Stephen Fry, an English comedian and actor, has always loved America. He undertook an epic journey across the country, visiting each of its 50 states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, and beliefs creates such a remarkable nation.

Philip Caputo / 973.93 CAPUTO
The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
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. 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 (known as "Fred" and "Ethel") from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering 16,000 miles, and seeking an answer to his question.

Doug Mack / 909.091273 MACK 
The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA
Everyone knows that America is 50 states and...some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states--American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands--and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they're filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren't they states?

Leon McCarron / 917.3 MCCARRON
The Road Headed West: a 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey Through North America
Terrified of the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or excitement, Leon takes off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense. Over five months and 6000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornadoes, swollen river crossings, wild roaming buffalo and one hungry black bear along the way. But he also met kind strangers, who offered their food, wisdom, hospitality and even the occasional local history lesson.

Andrew Forsthoefel / 796.510973 FORSTHOE
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide. Thousands shared their stories with him as he sought answers.

Bill Geist / 973.930207 GEIST
Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America
Bill Geist is an author and an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning." Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land, this book is a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist’s segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, and anything but boring.

Alice Honeywell / 796.64 HONEYWELL
Across America by Bicycle: Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels
Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Join Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery on their 3,600 mile journey by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wildfires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.

Walter Cronkite / 973 CRONKITE
Around America: a Tour of Our Magnificent Coastline (large print)
Travel with Walter Cronkite, award-winning journalist and CBS anchorman, as he sails along America’s coasts in four separate journeys. He sails north from New York City to Maine, and south from Maryland to Key West, Florida. He then continues along the Gulf Coast to Port Isabel, Texas, and concludes the journey by sailing the length of the west coast.

Charles Kuralt / 973.92 KURALT
Charles Kuralt's America (large print)
After he retired from CBS News in 1994, Charles Kuralt, former host of “On The Road”, set off to revisit his favorite places in their favorite seasons. This account of his travels across the country is filled with people, stories, and his experiences.

Matthew Algeo / B TRUMAN
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: the True Story of a Great American Road Trip
After leaving the White House, President Truman and wife did something unusual. They went on a road trip from their home in Missouri to the East Coast, and back, without security or any other attendants. From 2006-2008 the author retraced the Truman’s steps, eating and sleeping in the same places, and even meeting with the same people whenever possible.

Ben Blatt / 796.357068 BLATT
I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever
Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? Most definitely.

Mark Woods / 917.3 WOODS
Lassoing the Sun: a Year in America's National Parks
Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark's most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. This is a book about a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

Bruce Weber / 796.60973 WEBER
Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
Bestselling author and New York Times reporter Bruce Weber made his solo trip across America, over the summer and fall of 2011, at the age of fifty-seven. This book is the witty and inspiring account of his journey, where he extols the pleasures of cycling and reflects on what happened on his adventure, in the world, in the country, and in his life. The story begins on the Oregon coast with a middle-aged man wondering what he's gotten himself into and ends in triumph on the George Washington Bridge, wondering how soon he might try it again.

Garth Cartwright / 780.973 CARTWRIG
More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music
Cartwright goes on a quest across the country to locate living examples of American “roots” music. American roots music includes bluegrass, country music, blues, Appalachian folk and Cajun music, among others, and is the basis for contemporary music types such as rock and roll and jazz.

Nathaniel Stone / 917.30493 STONE
On the Water: Discovering America in a Rowboat
When Nathaniel Stone was ten he discovered that if one had a boat it was possible to use a combination of waterways to travel up the Hudson River, west across the barge canals and the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, and back up the eastern seaboard. In 1999 he launched a 17 foot scull beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and he set out on his journey. After 10 months and about 6,000 miles he arrived back at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Doreen Orion / 917.304 ORION
Queen of the Road: the True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own
Doreen and her husband Tim, both psychiatrists, are very different: she considers herself a Long Island Princess, while he is an easy-going outdoorsman. When Tim suggests they take time off to travel cross-country in a converted bus Doreen shocks them both by agreeing. Doreen grows to appreciate the simple life, Tim mellows, their pets pull together, and the many wonderful places and people they encounter have a life-changing effect on all the travelers.

William Least Heat-Moon / 917.3 HEARTMOON
Roads to Quoz: an American Mosey (audiobook)
Heat-Moon knows that the small places can offer the biggest surprises. He travels the back roads of America searching for what he calls “quoz”: things strange, incongruous, or peculiar. He takes us across New Mexican deserts, into a Florida swamp, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and down an abandoned railroad in Idaho.

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