Don’t get stuck camping in the mountains or waiting the airport this summer without a good book. Whether you’re looking for a classic like On The Road or a new pageturner like A House in the Sky, these road reads will help you reach your destination faster.
Inspired by a trip he had with his own son, this novel is arguably one of Cormac McCarthy’s masterpieces. The post-apocalyptic tale follows a young boy and his father as they traverse through a ravaged America. With no one to rely on but themselves, they must make it to the coast alive.
Including some of his most beloved classics such as “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” this collection of short stories is going to be your new favorite travel companion. As Hemingway once said, “never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
Take one of fiction’s most famous cross-country road trips without having to leave the comfort of your own couch (or pool). Chronicling Kerouac’s journeys with the Beat Generation in its heyday, you’ll be swept away by his compelling sense of language and his profound insight into humanity. As Kerouac notes, “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
Escaping a violent childhood only to find herself at the mercy of a group of masked men, Amanda Lindhout’s memoir is the story of her eye-opening journey through some of the most remote (and dangerous) places in the world. Overcoming abuse as a child only to be kidnapped and tortured for 15 months in Somalia, her tale is as redemptive as it is harrowing.
This interweaving story follows a middle-aged woman, a recovering solider, and a young immigrant boy. As one GoodReads reviewer wrote this is about, “four lives that are destined to intersect.” We Are Called to Rise is just as much a comment on America’s rich cultural landscape as it is about redemption, and finding love where you least expect it.