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Product details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (2 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495213765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495213762
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Author's Note:
This book chronicles my cashless journey through the land of the almighty dollar. I relied solely on the kindness of strangers, accepting their hospitality while refusing their money. The story of my continental leap of faith--and the country that caught me. "Blue Highways" on an empty tank. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mike McIntyre bounced around a lot as a child. As an adult, nothing's changed. He's lived, worked and traveled in more than eighty countries. His newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir about his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues are The Wander Year and The Kindness of Strangers, which was featured on Oprah. He's also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. After earning degrees from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Michigan, he turned to journalism, writing for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He's a frequent visitor to Scotland, where he indulges his passion for links golf. When not traveling, he lives in San Diego with his wife and cat.

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I had visited the US several times during the 90's - LA, Vegas, NY, Florida and DC and thought that I knew the country well. It was only when I went to visit a friend in rural West Virginia at the end of the decade though when I realized that I had only seen the tip of the iceberg - the same tip of the iceberg whenever you see an American movie or TV show. Most of America - the flyover states - aren't like that at all and it's this America which is the subject of this book.

Maybe it's telling about America that the 'Kindness' referred to in the book's title comes from those who have the least to give. The stories of the people that the author meets are nearly all sad; some of them heart-breaking. The author is an excellent writer - one of the best that I have read in quite a while since I started playing Russian Roulette with random titles out of the Kindle bargain bin.

In summary, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in poignant travel writing in general, and smalltown America in particular.
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It's quite a substantial risk to quit your job and decide to venture on a journey from east to west across America. To leave behind loved ones for several weeks and to leave your credit cards at home and give your last change to a stranger. That is what Mike McIntyre did. Choosing to use a notice labelled with his destinations rather than his thumb, he hitched lifts across the States. In this day and age of suspicion and fear when you hear of so many murders and abductions in the news he did well for lifts, although there were plenty who passed him by. The interesting thing was the variety of folk who gave him lifts, both men and women, young and old, rich and poor and some hustlers. Many of the people who gave him a roof over his head and food at their table were Christian, some via the church and others who were believers but did not necessarily have ties to a particular church. He met many good people, some with nothing, some coping with mental illness and others who had plenty to give. Mike's journey was not only a sociological experiment but a personal journey. He learnt to trust, after all you have to trust the people who offer and he did refuse a lift where he felt the people weren't genuine or were just shady. On questioning some of his lifts why they picked him up, the response was that he looked genuine, clean cut, clean (dress) and white. This does open up the fact that parts of America are still very racist, something that came up in conversations along Mike's journey. Mike left San Francisco to start his journey and this is a far more cosmopolitan area than many of the states he crossed to get to Cape Fear which are farmland and have small towns which perhaps explains some of the mentality, although there is no excuse for it. An interesting read.
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This book is a great read. I couldn't set it down. McIntrye has an amazing ability to capture the humor, irony and sadness in the lives of every day people. He meets the full spectrum of amazing characters, as well as ordinary people, and writes with beautiful simplicity, reminiscent of Raymond Carver. This is an adventure for the 90's, when most Americans fear adventuring into their own country.
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I bought this book only days before I left on my own roadtrip across the country. I honestly didn't think that anyone else had expressed the exact same fears that I had when leaving my life behind. Between this book and my own travels, my faith in humanity was restored. There are still good people in this land that will take you in and feed you, even tho' you've met them minutes before. I lost this book during my travel to someone whom I know needed it, and I don't regret that loss. It's always given as a gift to anyone who asks me about what it was like on the road for 6 months with only $1,000. I currently cannot survive without a roadtrip every 2-3 months now. To quote the book, "Hell... maybe you'll find Utopia out there and won't want to come back."
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I bought this because...? I can't recall why but I did. I find the book irritating in that it is hard to close it because Mike never dwells on a stranger for too long and I know there is always another down the road.

I have found myself glancing at the bottom of my Kindle page to see how far through the book I am - my knowledge of the States is not enough to allow me to visualise a map and I never seem to think to look when I have one to hand.

It is my experience that strangers are often very kind rather than out to do me harm and that those who have least in material terms are often the most generous; however, this book reminds me not to judge and to give a little more of myself. It also tells me much about a country that is more than its coastal strips might have us believe.

At a time when Presidential elections are on the news in the UK I find myself avidly flicking the pages and wondering how a President can reach out to all the citizens of such a huge and diverse country.

This month I, too, am penniless; had it not been for this fact i would have The Wander Year on my shelf already. Great stuff! many thanks from over here in the UK.
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