At Speed: Traveling the Long Road between Two Points (Paperback)W. Scott Olsen (author)
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The Upper Peninsula in March, a one-day drive from Death Valley to Mount Evans, a harrowing trip from Fargo to Spokane in the dead of winter: these journeys and others offer opportunities for Olsen's unconventional narrative to take flight in exploring the intricacies of America, its small towns, its people, its roads, its histories, and its landscapes in vistas long and short that might otherwise be overlooked. In Olsen's hands, travels along the most American routes of the heartland become an addictive tale that will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what lies over the next hill.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
"Reading At Speed is like opening a road map to have it come alive in your hands."-Peter Chilson, winner of the AWP Nonfiction Award for Riding The Demon: On The Road in West Africa -- Peter Chilson
"It's not where he goes, but what he sees and how he glowingly describes the scenes that make this book a pleasure to read."-Booklist -- George Cohen * Booklist *
"Describing several trips, ranging the continent from Death Valley to Kansas City to the Alaska Highway, Olsen stirs our own memories of the road, that sense of the leaving and returning to the places we have known. . . . His writing is spirited, smooth and fast." -Ray Vandersall, High Country News -- Ray Vandersall * High Country News *
"Writing in the great tradition of American road books, W. Scott Olsen has produced an engaging set of essays which hurtle forward on sheer momentum. . . . By narrating his sojourns down the road, Olsen effectively drops the reader into the passenger seat. . . . When you have finished the last page of the last long drive, you'll find yourself reaching to unbuckle a seat belt, turning to Olsen and saying, `Thanks for the ride.'"-Naton Leslie, Mid-American Review * Mid-American Review *
"[Olsen] has the rare ability to catch cultural highlights and report them verbally by merely traveling through the vast expanses of the Midwest. Bu the narrative does not remain confined to it. . . . What makes this narrative alluring is that the author manages to shed a different light on many places he visits and takes away the cliche of tediousness with which these places are often associated. . . . This travel book is a good read, and I emphatically recommend it to people interested in places off the beaten track."-North Dakota Quarterly
* North Dakota Quarterly *
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