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THE BOOK YOU HAVE TO READ

Lily Burana recommends Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon (Little, Brown, $29.95)

The only impulse stronger than my craving for escape is my urge to loaf. For this reason, I’m a rabid fan of travel writing: all the adventure in the world, from the confines of a comfortable sofa. Fellow lazybones who crave Americana can’t go wrong with Least Heat-Moon’s travel classic. After a crisis in both work and marriage, then-38-year-old Least Heat-Moon tricks out a used Ford Econoline van, christens it Ghost Dancing, and lights out, gently uncovering the soul of this country–its quirks, ambitions, loyalties, and betrayals. And always, its natural beauty. I read Blue Highways when I’m bored, lonesome, restive, or just in the mood to be seduced by a brilliant sentence. It’s the best medicine.

Lily Burana is the author of Strip City: A Stripper’s Farewell Journey Across America.