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Here, There, Elsewhere
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Here, There, Elsewhere
Stories from the Road
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From the acclaimed author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and Roads to Quoz, a dazzling collection of travel tales from the road.

HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries.

Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

From the acclaimed author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and Roads to Quoz, a dazzling collection of travel tales from the road.

HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries.

Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

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  • William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the bestselling classics Roads to Quoz, Blue Highways, River Horse, and PrairyEarth. He lives in Columbia , Missouri .

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 12, 2012
    Acclaimed travel writer Least Heat-Moon (Blue Highways) wanders off in every direction in this scintillating collection of short writings. Culled from 30 years of magazine articles, these pieces roam across terrain both familiar and exotic. Many find magic in mundane patches of America, from improbably delicious fried-fish stands on Minnesota’s Lake Superior shore to oddly idyllic Gulf Coast industrial canals and Seattle’s rebel micro-breweries. Others survey stranger climes: tiny Japanese garden farms crowded with bawdy roadside gods; Mayan villages in the Yucatan, their ancient fertility dances and traditional sorcery barely varnished by Catholicism. Several take in Britain’s crazy traffic, obnoxious ghosts, dotty antiquarians, and intimidating cuisine (a black pudding nearly does the author in). And some revisit scenes from Least Heat-Moon’s disheveled Native American background, including a riotous Thanksgiving feud between a full(er)-blooded uncle and heathen-disdaining aunt. A master at conjuring place, Least Heat-Moon intertwines primeval geology with modern social mores, gorgeous scenery with tourist tackery, vast landscapes with intricate psychologies. (One piece follows a letter-bomber’s demented quest to paint a colossal smiley-face of explosions across the Great Plains.) There is a dazzling variety of places, people and curiosities, linked by a highway of funny, perceptive, generous prose.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from January 1, 2013

    Least Heat-Moon's (Blue Highways: A Journey into America) latest book is a compilation of travel essays and articles, spanning the period 1983-2011, that is much more than simple reprints; these are the original pieces that the author submitted to his editors. With each piece is a summary putting the earlier writing into context (or providing an update). He writes of traveling the islands off the Scottish "mainland," taking the Delta Queen down the Mississippi River, exploring potato fields and vineyards on Long Island, satisfying his quest for memorable smoked fish from Lake Superior, and retracing Faulkner's steps in rural Mississippi, among other experiences. VERDICT Least Heat-Moon is truly one of this nation's best travel writers, if not the best. He takes travel writing seriously as a literary genre. An essential title; highly recommended.--Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly Heat-Moon wanders off in every direction in this scintillating collection of short writings...A master at conjuring place, Least Heat-Moon intertwines primeval geology with modern social mores, gorgeous scenery with tourist tackery, vast landscapes with intricate psychologies...There is a dazzling variety of places, people and curiosities, linked by a highway of funny, perceptive, and generous prose.
  • Katherine Hauswirth, Christian Science Monitor [Heat-Moon is] at his finest when in often overlooked places...Here, There, Elsewhere is worth the investment in time, a good dictionary, and open-mindedness.
  • Steve Weinberg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Heat-Moon's] curiosity and adventurous nature have not dimmed, however, making him a first-rate travel guide. He is an original, memorable word-smith.
  • Kristin Baird Rattini, American Way This captivating new collection of his short-form travelogues ... are always greater than the sum of their parts. But the most endearing tales are those closest to his home and heart.
  • Lee Arnold, Library Journal Least Heat-Moon is truly one of this nation's best travel writers, if not the best. He takes travel writing seriously as a literary genre. An essential title; highly recommended.
  • Dallas Morning News Mr. Heat-Moon demonstrates such a sharp intelligence, relentless curiosity and fine phrasing that nothing more could be desired.
  • Los Angeles Times A Great American Gothic....Despite his vision of a society that has depleted far too much (forests, aquifers, coastlines) through its excesses, Heat-Moon's sense of humor remains intact.
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