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By David King Dunaway

Even ahead of there has been a street, there has been a path. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the previous Santa Fe trace—all led around the nice Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California. America’s insatiable westering urge culminated in direction sixty six, the road that ran from Chicago to l. a.. Opened in 1926, path sixty six turned the necessary American street. It provided the opportunity for freedom and a greater lifestyles, even if you have been down-and-out Okies fleeing the airborne dirt and dust Bowl within the Thirties or cool men cruising in a Corvette within the Sixties. even supposing the interstates in the past grew to become path sixty six right into a bylane, it nonetheless attracts tourists from worldwide who lengthy to event the liberty of the open road.

A direction sixty six Companion gathers fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral heritage to give a literary old portrait of America’s so much storied road. From bills of pioneering journeys around the western plains to a sci-fi myth of touring direction sixty six in a rocket, listed here are tales that discover the mystique of the open street, instructed by way of grasp storytellers starting from Washington Irving to Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Leslie Marmon Silko, and John Steinbeck. Interspersed between them are memories that, for the 1st time, honor the various cultures—Native American, Mexican American, and African American, in addition to Anglo—whose reviews run during the direction sixty six tale just like the stripe down the road. So placed the head down, set the cruise keep an eye on, and “make that California journey” with A course sixty six Companion.

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