ALL GONE TO LOOK FOR AMERICA


ALL GONE TO LOOK FOR AMERICA

PETER MILLAR    Book Number: 88452    Product format: Paperback

Travel across the United States in a double-decker train, from crashing Niagara Falls and the glittering casinos of Nevada, to Memphis and its identity as the 'home of the Blues', the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the chosen home of Elvis Presley. With every city, Peter Millar encounters momentous occasions such as New York on the eve of Obama's election, a jazz night on hedonistic Bourbon Street in New Orleans beside a bronze effigy of 'Fats' Domino with a keyboard fixed to his fingers alongside trumpeter Al (Alois) Hirt and clarinettist Pete Fountain, and a rodeo in Denver where blokes on broncos ride horses which think they 'are in the Olympic equestrian trampolining final.' Celebrate the cultural landmarks of each location, including sipping piña coladas on the upper deck of a restaurant shaped like a steamship while watching girls play beach volleyball in Chicago and studying the Grand Canyon's oldest culture, the Anasazi, who have 2,000 sites associated with them within what is today call the Grand Canyon National Park. Meet the Mormons of Salt Lake City whose lifestyle of polygamy is contested by federal law, admire the civic pride of Monroe Street Bridge in Spokane, a bridge which was the widest bridge in the United States at 281ft and decorated with bison skulls, and marvel at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on the Mall, Washington DC, with its room commemorating 'Treasures of American History' including Kermit the Frog, Dorothy's red slippers, Thomas Jefferson's Bible, Abraham Lincoln's top hat and the dress worn by Jackie Kennedy at JFK's inaugural ball. Millar's American odyssey celebrates the history and cultural milestones of the United States that make it what it is today. Includes a list of 'beers' and Millar's soundtrack at the end. Paperback, map, 324pp.
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