September 1996 found Philip Caputo on Barter Island, a wind-scoured rock in the Beaufort Sea populated by two hundred Inupiat and a handful of whites. As he gazed upon an American flag above the only school for a hundred and fifty miles, he marveled that the children in that school pledged allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants on Key West, almost six thousand miles away. Awed by America's vastness and diversity and filled with a renewed appreciation for its cohesiveness, an idea began to form. With enough time, gas money, and nerve he could drive from the southernmost point to the northernmost point of the United States that is reachable by road, talking to people as he went and trying to better understand what holds our great country together.Cicada-like, the idea went dormant, not to be reawakened for fourteen years. In 2011, America was struggling through the greatest economic downturn since the Depression and was more divided than it had been in living memory. Caputo, who had just turned seventy, his wife, and their two English setters took off in a truck hauling an Airstream camper from Key West, Florida, en route via back roads and state routes to Deadhorse, Alaska. The journey took four months and covered seventeen thousand miles, during which Caputo interviewed more than eighty Americans from all walks of life to get a picture of what their lives and the life of the nation are really about in the twenty-first century.
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"In 2012, author Philip Caputo hitched an Airstream to his truck and set off to discover what exactly holds America together, especially during these times of political polarization. Narrator Pete Larkin's casual, personal sound is perfect for this captivating account of the ultimate road trip, covering 16,000 miles from the southernmost tip of Key West to the northern shore of Alaska. Larkin embraces the story, animating each experience with the appropriate emotion, such as the author's frustration with his trailer's plumbing and his awe at seeing wild buffalo. Larkin's ease with a variety of regional accents helps listeners visualize the people Caputo talked with along the way. Armchair travelers AND wanderers will be fascinated by this travel memoir. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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