Far-Flung Hubbell: Essays from the American Road

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The subjects of the thirteen travel pieces in this book include: where to find the best homemade pies in the United States (including recipes) - something on which the author holds strong convictions ("Never order pie within one mile of an interstate highway"); Elvis Presley "sightings" around the country; the demise of the five-and-dime stores; "bug art" (astonishing tracings of symmetry and beauty made by the movements of bugs); truck stops across the country; the mythology of earthquake predictions; the ...
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The subjects of the thirteen travel pieces in this book include: where to find the best homemade pies in the United States (including recipes) - something on which the author holds strong convictions ("Never order pie within one mile of an interstate highway"); Elvis Presley "sightings" around the country; the demise of the five-and-dime stores; "bug art" (astonishing tracings of symmetry and beauty made by the movements of bugs); truck stops across the country; the mythology of earthquake predictions; the fifty-third Annual Magic Get-Together in Colon, Michigan, where the author spends a week with one thousand magicians; the National Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis; a visit to the Florida newsroom of those scandal-flogging tabloids Weekly World News and the National Enquirer; the difficulties of driving in Boston; and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Area between Minnesota and Canada.

One of America's more peripatetic authors, Sue Hubbell travels widely and continuously to examine odd corners of our nation's culture. This collection of offbeat, charming, original, and erudite essays covers a wide variety of subjects, from the disappearance of the five-and-dime store to Elvis sightings. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hubbell (A Book of Bees), formerly a regular contributor to the New Yorker, deals with a variety of subjects in this collection of entertaining and informative essays previously published separately. Because she traveled widely in her three-quarter-ton pickup delivering the honey she made on her Ozark farm, several of Hubbell's pieces evoke life at truck stops and in the small towns she passed through. In ``The Great American Pie Expedition,'' she describes the mouthwatering, summer-long odyssey across the U.S. she embarked on in search of the best restaurant pies and concludes, ``Never eat pie within one mile of an interstate highway.'' In other articles, she interviews a woman who recently sighted Elvis, examines the state of five-and-dime stores, visits a magicians' convention and shares her love of the outdoors. Hubbell's ready wit is never caustic, and she reports on her country and its citizens with curiosity and respect. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Essays on the life beyond America's urban sprawl from noted country guru Hubbell (A Country Life, LJ 4/1/86).
Janet St. John
With childlike curiosity and writerly sophistication, Hubbell generates essays that teach and entertain. She travels the interstates and back roads of America, "getting the scoop" on such things as the best pie in the U.S., the facts and fantasies behind Elvis sightings, measuring the loss from eliminating five-and-dime stores, and the wonder and skill pervading an annual magicians' convention. The unadorned language and the "on the road" quality of the narrative, which includes many references to her canine traveling companion, make for highly accessible and strangely familiar reading. Hubbell's peculiar interests, offbeat perception, and slice-of-life presentation synthesize beautifully, producing insightful miniportraits of American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679428336
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/10/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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