Vacationland Summer Reading Challenge: Book 2

Second book for the Vacationland Reading Challenge = Done!

Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip by Dayton Duncan
(1, a book about a vacation or road trip)

Nothing says carefree summertime quite like a road trip.  Loading luggage, children, pets, and snacks into the family car for the yearly vacation is just one of those American Summer Things, a cultural touchstone, a shared memory of the twentieth century.

It’s hard to imagine now that, not so very long ago, a cross-country drive was something people thought impossible.

This book is the companion to Ken Burns’ PBS documentary of the same name.  In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson bet fifty dollars that he could drive a newfangled horseless carriage across the United States.  The book, like the documentary, follows his trip from San Francisco to New York City, using excerpts from letters Jackson wrote home to his wife in Vermont as well as contemporary accounts from newspapers.

Horatio’s Drive is a fun glimpse into the past, an entertaining story, and tells a tale that captures the spirit of the open road–a very American (and very summertime!) concept.

Here’s where the challenge stands now:

1. Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip by Dayton Duncan (a book that deals with a trip or vacation)

2. Summer by Edith Wharton (a novel with “summer” in the title)

3.  Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman (a novel with “red” in the title) Changed to Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell

4.  Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss by Richard Ellis (a book related to sailing or the ocean)

Two books down, two to go, and only nine days (!!!!) left.  I might not be able to pull this off, readers.  Especially since I keep being tempted away from my challenge books by the likes of Pure by Julianna Baggott and, the novel I’m currently loving every minute of, The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole by Stephanie Doyon.

Now I remember why I don’t usually participate in reading challenges.  Although, if I’m the only one playing, as I think I might be, I suppose I could treat my challenge as one would a game of Calvinball…

In a Marie Challenge, the rules are whatever I make up.



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