dodint wrote:Looking for a travel/road trip book to escape with this weekend. Might as well start with the obvious, Travels with Charley in Search of America by Steinbeck. Depending how it is I might follow up with Steigerwalds take-down of it.
Steigerwald lacks the prose of Steinbeck, but his book is much meatier and dare I say more interesting. I'm about halfway through and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The tone isn't so much "haha, Steinbeck was a LIAR!" as it is "his book was sold as nonfiction which is really dishonest, and here's why."
If you were a fan of Travels With Charley and not overly sensitive the Steigerwald book is very good. Thoroughly researched, nice pacing and tone, and his beef is more with the publisher than with JS himself. Also, the Pittsburgh tie-in is nice as he references 'home' a good bit. Dogging Steinbeck is a fun read.