Our Towns Kit #1

"There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers.”
– John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

 

 

 

In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of Northland by Porter Fox
  • 3 copies of Squeezed by Alissa Quart
  • 3 copies of Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • 3 copies of Walking to Listen by Richard Powers
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for Travels with Charley (you may keep)
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for Walking to Listen from the author's website (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • Northland: Travel, boundaries, voyages, Canada
  • Squeezed: Household finances, middle class, standards of living, personal finance, economic policy
  • Travels with Charley: 1960s, travel, dogs, voyages, automobile travel, United States 20th Century
  • Walking to Listen: Travel, walking, social psychology, hikers, interviewing, introspection, transcontinental journeys

 

 

About the Book:

Northland: Porter Fox draws on 3 years of exploration through the borderlands between Maine and Washington State to trace the northern border's rich and pivotal histories, industries, and famous contributors. (Novelist)

Squeezed: Authored by the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Squeezed examines the counter-intuitive recommendations for meeting the challenges of today's high parenting costs and unstable job markets that are imposing difficult hardships on the middle class. (Novelist)

Travels with Charley: At 58, Steinbeck embarks on a quest across America with his poodle, Charley. The book reveals American's character of both unexpected kindnesses and racial hostilities through Steinbeck's poignant reflections. (Novelist)

Walking to Listen: In 2011, Andrew Forsthoefel set out with a plan to walk from Pennsylvania to Georgia and across the country to the Pacific Ocean wearing a "walking to listen" sign. (Novelist)

 

 

 Request Kit Here

 

Further Your Discussion:

  • Read:  This piece by a journalist in the New York Times about his speculations and research into Steinbeck's actual travels:

 

  • Watch: Author, Alissa Quart, discuss the plight of the American Middle Class as reported in her book, Squeezed:

 

  • Listen: Author of Walking to Listen, Andrew Forsthoefel's, radio story interview culled from 85 hours of interviews with the people he became acquainted with on his journey.

 

  • Listen or Read: Porter Fox discusses his book, Northland, and his experiences of traveling along America's forgotten border in this podcast & interview:

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