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Robert Sullivan’s last book, Rats, was the most perversely intriguing, remarkable, and unexpectedly elegant book of the year. Now he’s turned his attention to the human world, and the peculiar American tradition of the road trip. Hauling his family from Oregon to Brooklyn, Sullivan excavates the unlikely and unruly history of the urge to cross the continent, and some of the oddballs who have blazed the trail for us. Library Journal says: “His trapped-with-the-family jaunts are authentic and frenetic -just like every good road trip should be, and the teasing details he offers about such things as the origins of the Indy 500 and the coffee cup lid do exactly what a good travel book should do: inspire you to explore.”

Added by Green Apple Books on June 29, 2006