Mr. Kurait spends a month in each section of the country and he makes you feel as if you are there with him. It is interesting reading whether you love to travel or just wish you could travel to these places.
Thoroughly enjoyed this chatty book! Kuralt goes on a 12-month tour of America, staying in a different region each month. He describes the people, local culture and surroundings of each in a most engaging, personal manner.
Charles Kuralt's warm voice, particular phrasing, and wide-ranging interest in people and places comes through clearly in the pages of this book. He is someone who never met a stranger, and whose familiar face opens doors wherever he goes, leading to interesting conversations and insights. I ended up both enjoying and envying his travels. He visits some wonderful places, but this is hardly an 'everyman's' vacation--few people could afford to spend a full year, staying a full month in a different location, roaming at leisure and in such comfortable style.
Four cassettes, 4.5 hours. Colorful tales that capture the essence and heart of America's much-loved places. Read by the author. Beautiful listening.
Accounts of dining in New Orleans; a restored mansion in Charleston; bears on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina; Native Alaskan carvings in Ketchikan, Alaska; sailing at Boothbay Harbor, Maine; Ely, Minnesota; Twin Bridges, Montana; Woodstock, Vermont; Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico; Key West.
In his own writing, Charles Kuralt tells stories from his travels across America... about the people and places he encountered on his journey... told as only Kuralt can tell it... with warmth, humor, nostalgia, and reverence, too, for all that is wonderful about America!
Upon his retirement from CBS News, veteran American traveler Kuralt (A Life on the Road) decided to "revisit my favorite American places at just the right time of year" and not worry about work. Kuralt is not in search of crises or epiphanies; he values nature and good food, neighborliness and craftsmanship, quaintness and quirkiness. Though no literary match for American chroniclers like Calvin Trillin, the affable Kuralt does, in un-fancy style, convey his enthusiasm and his engagement. Thus he eats well in New Orleans, hangs out with the "elaborately tolerant" folk of Key West and wanders the gardens of Charleston, S.C. Alaska's panhandle still takes his breath away, and Minnesota's lake country brings him peace. He records the Down East wit of Maine humor, visits a town meeting in democratic Vermont and even celebrates his Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City. His portraits of people may be snapshots, but there seem a lot of decent folk left in our land.
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