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Far-Flung Hubbell:: Essays from the American Road Hardcover – July 10, 1995

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This engaging collection of New Yorker articles by the author of A Country Year takes the reader on a series of thirteen wigged-out journeys, from a search for the best pie joints of the eastern U.S. to a tour of places where the undead Elvis has been sighted. Hubbell's calm, tongue-firmly-in-cheek prose is a great delight.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (July 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067942833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679428336
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a fan of Sue Hubbell since her excellent and much-neglected "Broadsides From The Lower Orders", perhaps the most charming and readable book about, well, bugs ever written. So I was looking forward to this collection of essays. Unfortunately, I can't give it as high a rating as I would have liked. Hubbell's merits are all on display: the warmth, the willingness to dig under the surface, the very mild tongue-in-cheek humor. If you like both Garrison Keillor and John McPhee, you're sure to like Sue Hubbell. But... the darn book is just too short. For a $21 hardcover I expect more than ten or twelve shortish essays. The book runs under two hundred pages in a largish typeface. And while some of the essays are minor classics -- I particularly enjoyed the trip to the magicians' convention -- several are somewhat dated. Journalistic essays on the Michigan Elvis sighting of 1986 and the Missouri earthquake scare of 1990 do not hold the interest as they would have at the time. I recommend Sue Hubbell highly, but not this book. Check out "Broadsides" or her book about raising bees, and wait 'til this one comes out in paperback
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Spent several years looking for this book - and was not disappointed when I found it.
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