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On the Road
Jack Kerouac

Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac’'s love of America, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.

Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
Kris Radish

A package arrives at Katherine Givens' front door and in it are the ashes of her free-spirited, altruistic childhood friend, along with instructions for a procession that will take Annie's closest friends on a cross-country trip from Sonoma, California, to Manhattan, sprinkling her remains as they go. Just nine days later, Annie’s former university colleague Jill, women’s crisis savior Laura, cantankerous neighbor Rebecca and her hospice aide Marie join Katherine on the journey during which they learn their eccentric friend’s deepest secrets and share many of their own.

Before I Forget
Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Just days after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Mo Johnson and his troubled son take a road trip to visit his dying father. This debut novel by Pulitzer Prize Winning columnist Leonard Pitts, is a compelling story about three generations of African American men and the sometimes painful relations between fathers and sons.

June Bug
Chris Fabry

June Bug believed everything her dapy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Misérables, the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past.

The Leisure Seeker
Michael Zadoorian

Both achingly sad and intensely romantic, this unforgettable story follows the cross-country journey of a runaway elderly couple determined to meet the end of the road on their own terms.

Anywhere but Here
Mona Simpson

Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation.