Saturday, December 29, 2012

Five top road trip books

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on road trips:
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

"The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream." Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty -- fictional stand-ins for Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady -- roam America's wide open spaces on a visionary quest for experience and enlightenment. This fictionalized rendering of their restless journeys became a touchstone for the Beat sensibility, and an almost sacred icon for an emerging youth culture. (And in a legendary meeting of the Beat and Hippie generations, Cassady would later emerge as the driver of Ken Kesey's LSD-fueled "Furthur" bus, immortalized by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test).
Read about another book on the list.

On the Road is one of Ted Conover's six favorite road books.

--Marshal Zeringue