Two Authors, Two Road Trips, Two Americas
This fall two veteran journalists, Ethan Casey of Seattle and Bill Steigerwald of Pittsburgh, will be telling their unique stories and promoting their American road books together at bookstores and libraries around the country. Casey’s “Home Free“ and Steigerwald’s “Dogging Steinbeck,” both serious works of nonfiction, are enlightening, provocative and lively first-person accounts of their separate coast-to-coast travels and their impressions of America and its people.
Home Free: An American Road Trip In the fall of 2012 international journalist, editor, and author Ethan Casey rented a car in Seattle and hit the highway. His 3½-month, 18,000-mile adventure allowed him to see firsthand the country’s current political and social landscape and to meet and listen to a wide variety of Americans. “Home Free,” the account of his travels, is an entertaining and edifying work of personal reporting in the spirit of his previous travel narratives, “Alive and Well in Pakistan” (“Intelligent and compelling” – Mohsin Hamid) and “Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti” (“Heartfelt” – Paul Farmer).
Dogging Steinbeck First Bill Steigerwald used John Steinbeck’s classic “Travels with Charley” as a map for his own cross-country road trip in search of America. Then he proved that Steinbeck’s iconic travel book is so highly fictionalized and misleading that it doesn’t deserve to be called a work of nonfiction. Steigerwald’s spirited, lively and news-making book, which sets the record straight on “Charley,” is a feat of reporting and literary detective work. Its revelations have been praised by master travel writer Paul Theroux, featured in the New York Times, and discussed on C-SPAN.
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