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Mark Di Ionno is a Jersey guy through and through. He's lived in fifteen different towns in six different New Jersey counties. He has spent over twenty years covering the state as a reporter and editor. Who better to take readers on a very personal tour of the backroads of New Jersey?
In Backroads, New Jersey, Di Ionno leads readers off the congested interstates to the seldom-explored secondary roads, where the real life of the state can be found. These intercounty or 500 series roads are a 6,788-mile network of mostly one-lane highways. They are never the most direct way to get anywhere-but they are a pleasure to drive and a way to see New Jersey life as lived by New Jerseyans.
Travel with Di Ionno as he takes us to see the state's amazing beauty-from the dizzying cliffs of the Palisades, to the blunted peaks of the Highlands and Kittatinny Ridges, to the rolling hills of Morris, Hunterdon, and Somerset counties, to the topsoil-wealthy agricultural belts of Monmouth and the southern counties, to the flat, sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore. Di Ionno calls New Jersey "a place of infinite natural beauty, a place of intricate human patterns. A place where you can see a lot in a little time. New Jersey is a restless state for restless people. A state for wanderers to explore." Backroads, New Jersey is a rare chance to see it all through the eyes and experiences of a well-traveled Jerseyan.
Mark Di Ionno is an assistant managing editor at the state's top newspaper, the Star-Ledger. Two of his books published with Rutgers University Press-New Jersey's Coastal Heritage: A Guide and A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail-won the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award.