Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mash Day: Spring Break? Time for a Road Trip!

Spring break's right around the corner, if I'm not mistaken. And what's the time-tested best thing to do on spring break? Go on a road trip, of course. Well, if you're heading out on a long trip to, say, Mexico, or somewhere. you're going to need some serious reading material. And if you're stuck here at home, what could be a better escape than a good book, right? So here are some suggestions for you; books about road trips, with all their adventure and all their drama.

School's out for summer. Everyone else in Colby and Bev's art school's graduating class is going to college, but Colby and Bev are going to kick around Europe instead. They've been talking about it forever. But first, their band, The Disenchantments, is going on a West Coast tour in Colby's uncle's VW bus (named Melinda, of course). Things are cruising along fine until Bev spills the unsavory news. Her plans have changed. What will Colby do now? Guess you'll have to read and find out.

As you drive, a few one-sentence billboards fly by for books that have gotten plenty of attention (but are still about road trips):

After getting dumped by 19 Katherines, prodigy Colin Singleton and his best friend Hassan head out on a road trip and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee (An Abundance of Katherines).

Cameron's not going to let Mad Cow disease stop him from going on the road trip of a lifetime (Going Bovine).

And, I would be remiss if I did not mention the grandfather of road trip books, On The Road by Jack Kerouac. This Beat generation classsic recounts the listless cross country travels of Sal Paradise, who is a thinly veiled version of Kerouac himself. The original hipster-slacker. If you want to get the whole experience, dress in black, go to a coffeehouse, and read until they kick you out.

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