Share Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

After several years in the Subsidiary Rights Department at Atria Books, Hilary Krutt now works as an editor at L&T, a brand publishing company. A former member of the Off the Shelf editorial board, Hilary continues to be an avid consumer (and sometimes reviewer) of contemporary fiction and memoir. She hails from Boston but currently calls Brooklyn home.

As the summer months stretch in front of us like treasures for plundering, a familiar restlessness takes hold. You may find yourself dreaming of a cross-country adventure to destinations yet unexplored. Why not embrace your wanderlust and take a trip down historic Route 66? Read your way across America with these eight books, stopping all along the road from Chicago to L.A.


Route 66: The Mother Road
by Michael Wallis

Route 66: Before you embark, get a taste for America’s most beloved thoroughfare. A love letter and a tribute, Wallis’s masterpiece takes us on an unforgettable journey through the secret corners and hidden towns along Route 66.

Route 66: The Mother Road
Michael Wallis

Route 66: Before you embark, get a taste for America’s most beloved thoroughfare. A love letter and a tribute, Wallis’s masterpiece takes us on an unforgettable journey through the secret corners and hidden towns along Route 66.

MENTIONED IN:

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
Chicago, IL: At your first stop, enjoy the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.
The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson

On Elizabeth’s wish list

As days grew shorter and nights colder I (naturally) began listening to more podcasts and watching documentaries about a cheery subject: serial killers. I’m excited to curl up with THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY because of Erik Larson’s fantastic eye for character, storytelling, and impeccable research in his true-crime investigation into the serial killer who haunted the 1893 World’s Fair. Cocoa and killers go well together, right?

MENTIONED IN:

23 Thrilling Novels from the Bookshelf of Linwood Barclay

By Linwood Barclay | December 29, 2016

12 Books on Our Literary Wish Lists This Year

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 19, 2016

13 Book Recommendations from the Gilmore Girls Themselves

By Erin Flaaen | November 22, 2016

11 Fascinating Books That Will Turn You Into a True Crime Junkie

By Kerry Fiallo | July 14, 2016

No Time Like the Present: 10 Books We’ll Finally Read in 2016

By Julianna Haubner | January 7, 2016

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

Meet Me In St. Louis
by Sally Benson

St. Louis, MO: As you move west, return to the World's Fair with this classic novel-cum-film. This is the heartwarming saga of St. Louis’s exultant, glittering take on the World’s Fair at the turn of the twentieth century.

Meet Me In St. Louis
Sally Benson

St. Louis, MO: As you move west, return to the World's Fair with this classic novel-cum-film. This is the heartwarming saga of St. Louis’s exultant, glittering take on the World’s Fair at the turn of the twentieth century.

MENTIONED IN:

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

Tulsa, OK: You may want to spend more time in Oklahoma than the Joads, who were driven from their homestead during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of the American classics.

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Tulsa, OK: You may want to spend more time in Oklahoma than the Joads, who were driven from their homestead during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of the American classics.

MENTIONED IN:

8 Really Great Books We’ve Lied About Reading (Sorry)

By Off the Shelf Staff | July 17, 2017

7 Historical Novels from 7 Fascinating Eras

By Jenni Walsh | July 13, 2017

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy

Amarillo, TX: This winner of the National Book Award for Fiction tells the story of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers. He sets off from Texas to Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey.

All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy

Amarillo, TX: This winner of the National Book Award for Fiction tells the story of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers. He sets off from Texas to Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey.

MENTIONED IN:

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

House Made of Dawn
by N. Scott Momaday

Albuquerque, NM: In this novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, protagonist Abel is a Native American teenager struggling to reconcile the traditions of his father’s people with the demands of modern industrial America.

House Made of Dawn
N. Scott Momaday

Albuquerque, NM: In this novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, protagonist Abel is a Native American teenager struggling to reconcile the traditions of his father’s people with the demands of modern industrial America.

MENTIONED IN:

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

Animal Dreams
by Barbara Kingsolver

Flagstaff, AZ: At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There, she meets a handsome Apache trainman who tells her, “If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.” Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story and Codi’s quest for identify, this is literary fiction at its very best.

Animal Dreams
Barbara Kingsolver

Flagstaff, AZ: At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There, she meets a handsome Apache trainman who tells her, “If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.” Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story and Codi’s quest for identify, this is literary fiction at its very best.

MENTIONED IN:

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

Play It As It Lays
by Joan Didion

Los Angeles, CA: Set in a place beyond good and evil—literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul—this is a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis, and stunning in the intensity of its prose.

Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Los Angeles, CA: Set in a place beyond good and evil—literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul—this is a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis, and stunning in the intensity of its prose.

MENTIONED IN:

There’s Nothing Like Summer in the City: 14 Metropolitan Must Reads

By Julianna Haubner | August 10, 2017

Get Your Kicks with This 8 Book Tour of Route 66

By Hilary Krutt | July 21, 2015

Close

Thank you for joining our email list!

If you create and Off the Shelf account, you'll be able to save books to your personal bookshelf, and be eligible for free books and other good stuff.

Click here to create your free account.

You must be logged in to add books to your shelf.

Please log in or sign up now.