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Turn the Page,
See the World

From the iconic US road trips of Steinbeck and Heat-Moon, to hitchhiking across Japan, to endless global mental wanderings and interdimensional time travel, this summer’s reading list has it all.

Take a Trip Without Leaving Home

Here are the 6 books we’ll be digging into this summer.
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
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.”
2. Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson
Chasing the Sakura Zensen (cherry blossom front), Ferguson takes the road less traveled, by thumb, from the southern end of Japan to Hokkaido.
“One moves through ghosts in Japan, and the past is always there--it is just a matter of learning to see the invisible.”

“Genki: means healthy, energetic, optimistic, high-spirited, filled with life. When Japanese greet each other, it is not, “how are you?” met with a hedged, “Not bad.” In Japan the question is “Are you genki?” and the answer is “Genki yo!” And when you part, “Stay genki!”

“Travel is a matter of maintaining momentum.”
Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
3. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation’s backroads.”
“A rule of the blue road: Be careful going in search of adventure—it’s ridiculously easy to find.”

“What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

“If you're gonna run away from home, take a dog along.”
4. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Flights teaches us that to travel is to explore what makes us human.
“If we wish to catalog humankind in a convincing way, we can do so only by placing people in some sort of motion, moving from one place to another."

“An old engraving of a wanderer who had reached the edge of the world. Excited, he threw out his traveling bundle and was now looking out, beyond the Network. That traveler from the engraving can consider himself a fortunate man: he sees the stars and planets, spread out evenly across the firmament of the sky. And he hears the music of the spheres.”
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
5. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
“Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more.”
“This is the most beautiful place on earth.”

“There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary… there’s no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment.”

“The personification of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to eliminate for good."
6. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
“a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland.”
“Imagine a world in which there is no time. Only images.”

“...While people brood, time skips ahead without looking back. In the coffee houses, in the government buildings, in boats of Lake Geneva, people look at their watches and take refuge in time. Each person knows that somewhere is recorded the moment she was born, the moment she took her first step, the moment of her first passion, the moment she said goodbye to her parents.”

“A world of one month is a world of equality.”
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
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