The Booklover's Guide to the Midwest: A Literary Tour

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The Midwest has given America some of its greatest writers and most beloved settings for classic stories. And that tradition is very much alive today-in bookstores, museums, events, and festivals. Come along on this eight-state literary tour meeting the fascinating people and visiting famous places along the way.

Walk down the actual Main Street that novelist Sinclair Lewis described in his famous novel of the same name. See Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Big Woods"...

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The Midwest has given America some of its greatest writers and most beloved settings for classic stories. And that tradition is very much alive today-in bookstores, museums, events, and festivals. Come along on this eight-state literary tour meeting the fascinating people and visiting famous places along the way.

Walk down the actual Main Street that novelist Sinclair Lewis described in his famous novel of the same name. See Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Big Woods" and "Little House on the Prairie. " Walk among the gravestones from which poet Edgar Lee Masters took the names for his Spoon River Anthology. Get lost in the same cave that Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn explored.

In northern Michigan, you can follow the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, who spent many summers with his family in Petoskey and later commemorated the area in his Nick Adams stories. From Carl Sandburg's bustling Chicago to Willa Cather's tranquil prairie, from the renowned writers' workshop in Iowa City to the tall tales at Burlington's annual Liar's Club contest, you'll find hundreds of great places to stop and explore.

The Booklover's Guide to the Midwest takes you on the literary ride of a lifetime.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781578603145
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Illinois 6

The Galesburg-Spoon RiverTour 8

The Galena-Northwest Illinois Tour 15

The Oak Park Tour 17

The I-94 and North Shore Tour 26

The Springfield-Lincoln Country Tour 27

I-57: From Champaign to Cairo 31

Chicago 36

Indiana 64

Following I-70: From the "Hoosier's Nest" to the Banks of the Wabash 67

I-65: From the "Aesop of Indiana" to the banks of the Muscatatuck 79

I-59: From Middletown, USA to "The Falstaff of Detectives" 85

I-74: The Ben-HurTour 88

I-80/90: From "Hulman" to Wildflower Woods 92

I-27 from Richmond to Uncle Tom's Refuge 101

Highway 24: Peru and Roann 103

Highway 41: Vincennes 103

Iowa 107

I-80: The Writers and the Bridges 109

I-29: Siouxland and the Twin Sisters with All the Answers 126

I-20: The Field of Dreams Tour 127

Route 52: The House in the Big Woods Tour 130

The Southeast Iowa Tour 133

Michigan 137

I-94: From the Motor City to Ring's City 139

I-75 North to Bay City: Greaseballs and Greenhouses 148

I-96 Around the Lake: Wineries, Wooden Shoes, and Writers 152

I-69/75 North to Mackinac Island: As Good as It Gets! 154

Minnesota l63

I-90 Across the State: From Spamtown to Plum Creek 165

I-35: Bank Robbers, Ballplayers, and Bookstores 170

I-94: From Lake Wobegon to the Words Written in Stone 184

Lutefisk Capital USA 190

Missouri 191

I-55 South from St. Louis to Arkansas 193

I-44 to Joplin 205

I-70: Goin' West to Kansas City 208

I-35: Goin' South to Kansas City 210

The Great River Road: Mark Twain Country 213

Ohio 218

I-70: From the "Little White Town" to the "Cool River"220

I-80/90: From the 1,000-Foot Tree to Winesburg, Ohio 226

I-71: From "UncleTom's" Creator to Shawshank Prison 236

I-75: From the Old Mill Stream to the Elizabethan Poet 242

I-77: From the Canterbury Tales to the Signal House 243

Wisconsin 247

I-94: From the Liar's Club to the Western Gateway 249

I-90/94: From Wilhelm Tell to Storybook Gardens 254

I-43 North: From Ten Chimneys to the Friend of the Prairie Chicken 264

I-39: Rocks, Rivers, and Frontiers 266

I-41: Edna Ferber Meets Harry Houdini 270

Appendix 276

Index 302

About the Author 308

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