The Longest Road

Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Philip Caputo

Henry Holt and Co.

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In The Longest Road, one of America’s most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he’d drive from the nation’s southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, talking to everyday Americans about their lives and asking how they would answer his question.

So it was that in 2011, in an America more divided than in living memory, Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer (hereafter known as “Fred” and “Ethel”) from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering 16,000 miles. He spoke to everyone from a West Virginia couple saving souls to a Native American shaman and taco entrepreneur. What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today’s United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.

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I don’t know why my dream fell into such a long slumber. However, after careful investigation, I can identify what woke it up.

At the root was a condition I’ve suffered from for most of my life. I trace its origins to my childhood in the forties and fifties, when my father, a traveling machinist for the Continental Can Company, maintained and repaired the machines leased to canning factories in central and northern Wisconsin. He would leave our home in suburban Chicago in the late spring, and when school let out for the summer he returned to fetch my mother, my sister,

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Praise for The Longest Road

"It is a joy it is to read these stories. I mean that: pure joy. The Longest Road is the best thing to come along since Blue Highways and Travels With Charley."—Doug Stanton

"An] engaging travelogue of a remarkable journey packed with plenty of intriguing tidbits for armchair travelers."—Boston Globe

"The ultimate road trip." —The Denver Post

"A perfect vacation book that’s funny and erudite at the same time."—New Haven Register

"A new book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Caputo…is always an event. Pithily capturing their characters and opinions about the state of America, Caputo snares reading devotees of a classic American theme, the road trip."—Booklist, starred review

"[Caputo] keeps the narrative moving with his observant eye and mordant sense of humor."—The New York Times Book Review

"Entertaining …Provocative summer read."—Miami Herald

"Caputo’s long haul across the country is a worthy addition to your vicarious travel plans."—Washington Independent Review of Books

"It’s a good ride, and a good read." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This reporter has more stamina in him than your average 21-year-old…Caputo creates captivating portraits of a wide variety of communities."—Kirkus

"A continental tale that is always engaging and frequently reassuring."—PW

"A new travelogue for a new millennium."—Kansas City Star

"You will enjoy Caputo’s road adventure across America."—The Bismarck Tribune


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About the Author

Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Rumor of War, one of the most highly praised books of the twentieth century. His novels include Acts of Faith, The Voyage, Horn of Africa, and his most recent, Crossers. He and his wife, Leslie Ware, divide their time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Patagonia, Arizona.

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The Longest Road
Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
Philip Caputo

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805094466
ISBN10: 0805094466
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 5 black-and-white photos throughout text and 1 endpaper map
$28.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
5/13/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250048745
ISBN10: 1250048745
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 5 black-and-white photographs throughout plus 1 map
$16.00

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e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805096965
ISBN10: 0805096965
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 520 pages
$14.99
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