Two years ago, my husband and I went a road trip from New York all the way to Arizona. One of the memories that still stand out today, is that of an old white and black sign that read Route 66 as well as the signs that read ‘Historic Route 66.″ It was not until we entered an old gas station in Texas that we learned how old that road was. Post cards with route 66 printed on them lay all over that gas station. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review this book.
In reading Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road, written by Katelyn Bohl and Eric Wilder, I was able to relate and appreciate this highway’s rich history. This road meant so many different things to so many different people, and I was one of them.
Lost on Route 66 is a collection of short stories, essays and poems about the famous highway and those that traveled on it or lived close to it. These stories gives you life lessons that entails the life of being an American at the turn of the century, which molded the American life of today. As I read each story, I was able to place myself on that road at the particular time. The stories are heartfelt, sad and some are humorous but in all, each story teaches us a lesson, as in my favorite story in the book “Life’s Little Lessons”, which describes a leather dressed, tattooed biker helping a couple with a flat tire. What he wanted in return? For the couple just to pass on the favor and help others. This story teaches us that simple lesson, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” as in the case of this gentle-hearted biker.
Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road is a beautiful art of American history compiled in written memories which has now left me wanting to explore more. I wait for the day I am back on the road, face to face with that sign that’s reads “Route 66″.
Buy It: Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road is available for purchase at Amazon.com