Our Towns Kit #2

"American history is parking lots.”
– William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America




In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of The Longest Road by Phillip Caputo
  • 3 copies of Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
  • 3 copies of Start-Up City by Gabe Klein
  • 3 copies of Great Plains by Ian Frazier
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for Blue Highways (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • Blue Highways: Auto travel, road trips, U.S. cross-country travel, freeways
  • Great Plains: voyages, travels, United States Great Plains history, Great Plains social life & customs, westward expansion
  • The Longest Road: road trips, American traditions, auto travel, American 21st Century social life & customs
  • Start-Up City: Community development, change management, goal setting, financial innovation, urban living



About the Book:

Blue Highways: William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map- if they get on at all - only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill." His adventures, discoveries, and recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience. (Novelist)

Great Plains: The author profiles the storied Great Plains of the American Midwest, relating the history, lore, and the stories of the current inhabitants of the area. (Novelist)

The Longest Road: What really unites and divides the large and diverse populations of the United States? With his wife and two dogs in a truck pulling an Airstream trailer, the author poses this question to the people he meets on an epic, all-American road trip. (Novelist)

Start-Up City: Gabe Kein demonstrates how to affect big, directional change in cities, and how to do it fast. Klein's objective is to inspire what he calls "public entrepreneurship", a start-up pace energy within the public sector brought about by leveraging the immense resources at its disposal. The book provides a roadmap for getting real, meaningful projects done quickly and having fun while doing it. (Novelist)



 Request Kit Here


Further Your Discussion:

  • Read:  This piece in People magazine about Ian Frazier's Great Plains:


  • Watch: A brief video about the origins of The Longest Road narrated by the author, Phillip Caputo:


  • Watch: Author of Start-Up City, Gabe Klein, presents his ideas from Start-Up City and the secret to success in our global economy.


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