Day 19 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

Day 19

I really like to travel.  I like people watching and visiting a grocery store in a new place.   Kinda quirky I know, but I think you get a glimpse into the lifestyle of others when you see what they buy and eat. Since I was born on a Thursday maybe that’s why I like to travel because according to the “Monday’s Child” rhyme I have far to go.

However, you don’t have far to go to enjoy this book; maybe your computer to order it or your local library.  I’ve read several books by John Steinbeck but this book has a special quality to it.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America 
by John Steinbeck

In his late 50’s, John Steinbeck decided that he wanted to take a journey and travel across America so he embarked on a trip with his beloved dog, Charley.   The trip took him from one side of the nation to the other and across the Deep South.

“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job.”
The trip began in September of 1960,  Steinbeck’s keen observations of people and the experiences he has on the road are a valuable insight into that era and an intimate insight into Steinbeck himself.   
“A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.”

Being on the road makes me think of staying at hotels which in turn makes me think about hospitality. Pop over to Edie’s blog, she is writing her 31 Day series on hospitality : )

Happy Reading!
“but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler” 
Job 31:32 NIV Bible

4 thoughts on “Day 19 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

  1. Thanks for this recommendation! Normally, I don't read Steinbeck, but this book sounds intriguing! (I too love to visit a place like a grocery story in my travels – the Walmart in China was one of the most interesting places!) Thanks for these recommendations! (Oh, and thanks so much for mentioning my blog series a few posts back!)

  2. Mimi, I'm reading your blog for the first time (Mary Knight mentioned it to us at coffee this afternoon, then sent me the info to access it). I read Travels with Charley years ago and really enjoyed it. Thanks for reminding me of it; I think I'll pick it up again–this time on my iPad/Kindle.

  3. SarahYou're most welcome for the mention : ) I've loved following you each day with your playlists and I look forward to your other posts when November comes. I bet Walmart was fascinating in China!! Were you there for business? missions? fun? I hope you like Travels with Charley — let me know : )

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