William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon, born William Lewis Trogdon, is an American travel writer and historian of English, Irish, and Osage ancestry. He is best known for his bestselling book 'Blue Highways', which chronicles a three-month-long road trip he took around the United States in 1978. Heat-Moon's writing is distinguished by its reflection on the landscapes, history, and culture of the places he visits, often focusing on rural and off-the-beaten-path locations.


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  1. 1. Blue Highways: A Journey into America

    This travel memoir follows the author's journey through the backroads of the United States, which he refers to as "Blue Highways" on maps. After losing his job and separating from his wife, he embarks on a 14,000-mile trip, steering clear of cities and interstates to explore small towns and meet their inhabitants. The narrative offers a poignant and introspective exploration of America's landscapes, history, and diverse cultures, providing a unique perspective on the country's lesser-known regions.