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    The Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Reading List

    Books to put you in that cross country state of mind.

    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

    John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

    Denis Johnson, Train Dreams

    Joan Didion, The White Album

    Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

    Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey Into America

    Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General from Big Sur

    John McPhee, Coming into the Country

    Cheryl Strayed, Wild

    Larry Brown, Big Bad Love

    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon a River

    Richard Wright, Black Boy

    Carl Sandburg, Harvest Poems: 1910-1960

    Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find

    Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

    Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

    Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues

    Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

    Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live

    Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    BONUS: Dashboard Books

    Going cross country, the car is your home and the dashboard is your coffee table.

    Robert Frank, The Americans

    Paul Fusco, RFK