1. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
THE road trip classic from an iconic American writer.
“And I remember about that. Having a companion fixes you in time and the present, but when the quality of aloneness settles down, past, present, and future all flow together. A memory, a present event, and a forecast all equally present..."
“This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me. If an Englishman or a Frenchman or Italian should travel my route, see what I saw, hear what I heard, their storied pictures would be not only different from mine but equally different from one another. If other Americans reading this account should feel it true, that agreement would only mean that we are alike in our Americanness…The American identity is an exact and provable thing.”