By David King Dunaway

Even earlier than there has been a street, there has been a course. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the outdated Santa Fe trace—all led around the nice Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California.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 path sixty six, the street that ran from Chicago to la. Opened in 1926, course sixty six turned the critical American highway. It provided the opportunity for freedom and a greater lifestyles, even if you have been down-and-out Okies fleeing the dirt Bowl within the Nineteen Thirties or cool men cruising in a Corvette within the Sixties. even supposing the interstates in the past became course sixty six right into a bylane, it nonetheless attracts tourists from around the globe who lengthy to event the liberty of the open road.

A direction sixty six Companion gathers fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral historical past to provide a literary historic portrait of America’s such a lot storied road. From money owed of pioneering journeys around the western plains to a sci-fi fable of touring course sixty six in a rocket, listed here are tales that discover the mystique of the open highway, instructed through 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 studies run throughout the path sixty six tale just like the stripe down the street. So positioned the head down, set the cruise regulate, and “make that California journey” with A direction sixty six Companion.

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