Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Here We Are… on Route 66, a travel book written by J. Hinckley.
First thing first, let me thank the publisher, Quarto Publishing Books – Motorbooks, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
Here We Are . . . on Route 66 explores and celebrates iconic landmarks and cultural touchstones associated with America’s most famous highway—and guides you to some lesser-known gems just off the beaten path.
Spanning nearly 2,500 miles and eight states—Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—America’s Main Street has given rise to a colorful assortment of roadhouses, motels, greasy spoons, roadside amusements, and breathtaking natural scenery. Acclaimed Route 66 historian Jim Hinckley is your guide to a carefully curated selection of these sites, ranging from the iconic to the revelatory.
Arranged by classic Route 66 topics, each spread gives you a different 66 site or attraction, along with a concise and authoritative history illustrated with colorful photography, evocative historical imagery, and collectibles like postcards, ads, and more. Topics of organization include: Towns and CitiesNatural WondersRoadside AttractionsEateriesMotels and HotelsMusic, Film, and TV Hinckley is perhaps the most internationally recognized authority on the subject of America’s Main Street. This collection offers you the stories behind Route 66 icons such as Baxter Springs and Tucumcari, Meramec Caverns, Arroyo Seco Byway, Berghoff’s and the Oatman Hotel, Munger Moss and Wigwam Motel—and dozens more. Hinckley also treats you to a fresh look at lesser known but deserving attractions too.
At nearly a century old, Route 66 remains the embodiment of the classic American highway. Written by an acknowledged authority on the subject, wonderfully illustrated, and presented in a manner that allows you to dip in and out, Here We Are . . . on Route 66 is a must-have for your Route 66 bookshelf.
Quarto Publishing Group – Motorbooks
Publication date: 18/01/22
READ MY REVIEW
Travel books are comfort books. They’re there to take you on a journey—always appreciated—and show you new places. Or, old places you can’t get enough of.
Here We Are… on Route 66 belongs to the latter category.I think I read a decent chunk of Route 66-related books, and I’m still coming back for more: there are so many attractions, so many cool places, and signs.
You see, I have a soft spot for signs, what with the neon colors and the burned-out letters, rust spots, and the sun-stained whites. On Here We Are… on Route 66 they’re predominant, giving the book a real Americana feeling. Buildings and various attractions complete the visual package, which is the best feature of Here We Are… on Route 66.
Writing-wise, I enjoyed the many historical facts Hinckley filled his book with. They’re interesting and of the lesser-known kind for the most part.
What could have been handled better? Other than the ellipsis in the title—I mean, come on—captions. It’s not that easy to match pictures to descriptions, and the Kindle format doesn’t help either.
- 66 Motel, California
- Blue Swallow Motel, New Mexico
- Conoco green station, Oklahoma
- Baxter Springs station, Kansas
- Mingr Moss Motel, Missouri
- Deep Rock gas station, Illinois
- Cafe, Illinois
- The whole Texas chapter, okay
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
My first impression of the deserts of Arizona was that I had arrived at the place warned about in Sunday school. Well, that was more than forty years ago and I now find it impossible to imagine living anywhere that isn’t found within the borders of Arizona or New Mexico.
I was eighteen when the mystique, the legend, and the wild lands of the desert southwest grabbed me by the heart. I now jokingly refer to those magic tragic years as my John Wayne period.
On more than one occasion my pay was earned through the polishing of saddles with the seat of my pants and the stringing of wire on ranches in Arizona as well as New Mexico. During these wild and woolly years I also brought home the bacon with money earned as a jack leg operator and powder monkey deep underground, as a dredge operator, and assorted odd jobs such as hauling hogs and cacti.
Trucks built a dozen or more years before I was born became the vehicles of choice. Somethings never change and some change just a bit – I now drive a ‘68 Dodge.
It was my dear, wonderful wife, my best friend, that encouraged me to write, to share my passion for the southwest, for old cars, and the road less traveled. With publication of my eleventh book, Jay Leno stopping by a recent book signing in Burbank, and some pending European speaking engagements on the horizon, it looks as though the childhood goal of becoming a writer is close to becoming a reality.
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