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Life is a Highway: A Century of Great Automotive Writing

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Life Is a Highway, a collection of the best automotive writing to date, captures the joys of the automobile, the historical circumstances of its creation, and the major events, people, and cars involved. This book includes the most significant writings and musings about the automobile ever recorded, featuring works from some of the most well-known authors and publications of the automobile’s first 100-plus years. Contributors include Stephen King, Jack Kerouac, Peter Egan, Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno, P. J. ...

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Overview


Life Is a Highway, a collection of the best automotive writing to date, captures the joys of the automobile, the historical circumstances of its creation, and the major events, people, and cars involved. This book includes the most significant writings and musings about the automobile ever recorded, featuring works from some of the most well-known authors and publications of the automobile’s first 100-plus years. Contributors include Stephen King, Jack Kerouac, Peter Egan, Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno, P. J. O'Rourke, Rowan Atkinson, and L. J. K. Setright.

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Editorial Reviews

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"You don’t have to love cars, or to know much about them, to want to own this book. Great automotive writing is as much about journeys, destinations, personalities and atmosphere as it is about machines, and “Life Is a Highway” delivers abundantly on all of the above. - New York Times

"Life is a Highway gives snapshots of this automotive evolution through a collection of articles and book excerpts from the past hundred years. The topics are as varied as the industry of car production, the thrills and perils of racing, the ups and downs of ownership, and that most sacred of topics, the road trip. Editors Darwin Holmstrom and Melinda Keefe have gathered a terrific variety of sources. Add this book to your holiday wish list and spend a few hours jumping around through time." - Grassroots Motorsports

"Life is a Highway is a compilation of great automotive writing." - Kansas City Star

Library Journal
As a celebration of cars and car ownership, this collection hits all the high spots along the road. Requisite articles from Road & Track and Car and Driver are included, but so are excerpts from Stephen King's Christine and Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. One author writes in 1917 that the popularity of automobiles will expand the gene pool of rural citizens: instead of choosing mates within a five- to ten-mile radius, they may use the automobile to make longer journeys, thus decreasing intermarriage among relatives. P.J. O'Rourke is represented with an essay on winter driving, and Jay Leno, Rowan Atkinson, and pieces from The Onion go for the laughs. A profile on driver Phil Hill is touching, and an article about an electric car from 1915 makes the reader sigh with regret. (The absence of E.B. White's classic "Farewell, My Lovely!" is a disappointment.) VERDICT While lacking the big, glossy photographs that car enthusiasts love, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy a bit of history and literature tossed in with articles about their beloved Volvos and Ferraris.—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760338582
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/10/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 1,215,226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Darwin Holmstrom, senior acquisitions editor for MBI Publishing, has written or co-written over a dozen books on cars and motorcycles, including BMW Motorcycles, GTO: Pontiac’s Great One, The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, Camaro: Forty Years, Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles.

Melinda Keefe is an MBI Publishing editor who has contributed to various Motorbooks titles, covering subjects from hot rodding to muscle cars to motorsports. Her efforts with Motorbooks have inspired an interest in cars and car people that was unexpected but has been surprisingly satisfying. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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