Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America

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Wiley, Feb 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Noted writer Jay Atkinson recreates Jack Kerouac's legendary On the Road journeys in contemporary North America

Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road is a Beat Generation classic, chronicling the adventures and misadventures of Kerouac's travels crisscrossing North America with   Neal Cassady, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and other colorful companions. Now gifted writer Jay Atkinson hits the road to retrace Kerouac's legendary journey today. The author's experiences offer fascinating insights on American culture and society then and now and illuminate his own quest for self-understanding and discovery.

  • Contrasts the life and landscape of Kerouac's 1940s and 1950s America with the realities today
  • Filled with unexpected adventures and strangers encountered on Atkinson's trips to New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Mexico City, and the California coast
  • Reveals Atkinson's engaging reflections on the search for personal identity and self
  • Other titles by Jay Atkinson: Ice Time (a Publishers Weekly Notable Book of the Year) and Legends of Winter Hill (a Boston Globe bestseller) as well as the novels City in Amber and Caveman Politics

Absorbing and beautifully written, Paradise Road is essential reading for Kerouac fans as well as lovers of engaging travel memoirs and anyone interested in American life and culture.

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About the author (2010)

Jay Atkinson is the author of two novels, three narrative nonfiction books, and a collection of stories. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men's Health, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He teaches journalism at Boston University.

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