LOCATION: CHANGING HANDS PHOENIX
The beloved chronicler of the American Southwest shares his oral history of Route 66.
Tens of thousands of travelers from around the world visit historic stops along Route 66 to capture memories of a simpler time. But when gasoline can top $4 a gallon and Route 66 is, in many ways, a shell of its former glory, what keeps them coming? Bob Boze Bell, a lifelong resident of Kingman, Arizona (one of the quintessential Route 66 towns), presents an accumulation of a unique sense of the Mother Road's history, not to mention friendships with folks from Kingman and other Route 66 communities. In The 66 Kid — part autobiography, part narrative history, part oral history — he offers a highly illustrated account of the world's most famous highway, full of his personal observations and recollections, and exciting first-person accounts from people who lived, worked, and played along the road. Bell digs deep into the roots of the Route 66, offering insights into the people who made it run: from the neon-lit motels to the greasy-spoon diners, and even the shady roadside attractions. Illustrated with period postcards and photos, as well as the author's own maps and art created for this project, The 66 Kid shows that you can still get your kicks on Route 66.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bob Boze Bell is the co-owner and publisher of True West magazine and the host of Outrageous Arizona, an Emmy-winning documentary about Arizona's road to statehood. He has published and illustrated groundbreaking books on Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Doc Holliday, as well as his series entitled "Classic Gunfights." Boze's artwork and writing have also appeared in Arizona Highways, New Times, Playboy, Wild West, and National Lampoon.
Location: Street: 300 West Camelback Road City: Phoenix, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 85013 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)