From Publishers Weekly
; The Meadowlands
) offers a boisterous, busily researched composite of trips he and his family have taken across the American continent. Sullivan claims he's gone from the West to East Coast and back about 27 times over the years, and on this particular summer sojourn, the vacationing family—comprising husband, wife and two kids, one a teenager—blast from Oregon back to their home in Brooklyn, N.Y., over five days. They first garner a personalized TripTik from AAA, which plots the route and provides essential information, then set out in a rented Impala. The author is adamant about stopping at the Columbia River Gorge to offer an extended digression on the Lewis and Clark expedition; the family then penetrates the intractable Bitterroot Range and manages to make time for Western highlights such as the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., before sailing through Woody Guthrie country; Jack Kerouac's gas station in Longmont, Colo.; and speedily over the George Washington Bridge. The coffee-addled navigator engages in entertaining discourses on the standardized highway system, Emily Post and the provenance of the convenience-store coffee lid, among other subjects. His narrative is fun and chatty, with an emphasis squarely on the West. (July)
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Robert Sullivan, a contributing editor for Vogue
, claims to have logged over 90,000 miles of transcontinental travel. Though Cross Country
details just one of those jaunts, the experience comes in handy for this "charming memoir-cum-rumination on the great American road trip" (New York Times Book Review
). Where his earlier books featured immersive, expansive treatments of narrow subjects (Rats
, ***1/2 July/Aug 2004; The Meadowlands
), here the rolling odometer opens up a hodgepodge of topics for this "urban Thoreau" (Boston Globe
). A few critics feel there's too much room to mentally roam, but most reviewers proclaim it a trip well worth taking.
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