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related Americana
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        The Route 66 Federal Highway was established in 1926 and was eventually replaced by the Interstate highway system. Official deactivation of Route 66 (27 June 1985) stirred up grass roots enthusiasm, and many state and local associations were formed, fancy signs installed, and now there are dozens of celebrations outdoor fairs, antique car meets & parades, conventions along Route 66 every year.

        Most of the travel on Route 66 was East-to-West, especially during the migrations of The Great Depression the 'Dust Bowl' Era and of World War II and the post-war boom. The route thus officially begins on Adams Street in Chicago, Illinois and wends its way along 2,448 miles and thru eight states to terminate at the bluffs in Santa Monica, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

        You can take a virtual trip among the books below, or better yet, get off yer butt and jump in the old Chevy and mosey out on a real road trip.


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Route 66 Research Links Page
at the Rick Walker P.I. Novels website

Route 66 States West to East
California Arizona New Mexico Page Texas Oklahoma & Kansas Missouri Illinois

Historic Route 66 tin sign for purchase at AllPosters.com          Route 66 highway signs poster

Non-Fiction  About  Route 66

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Books on Specific Segments of Route 66 (on Route 66 Page 2)

Route 66 Magazine

Highway & People   "Route 66: The Highway & Its People" [1988]
by Susan Croce Kelly, photography by Quinta Scott

Univ OK Press pb [8/90] for $13.97
Univ OK Press hardcover [11/88] out of print/used
Guide Book To Highway 66  
"A Guide Book To Highway 66" [1989]
by Jack D. Rittenhouse

Univ NM Press 6x4½ pb [7/89] for $7.14
Mother Road   "Route 66: The Mother Road" [1990] by Michael Wallis
St Martin 8¼x10½ pb [6/2001] for $13.97
St Martin 8.6x7¾ hardcover [6/2001] for $24.50
Audio Lit ABR audio [4/98] for $12.57
Antique Roads of America Bicycle Guide book by Dan Mahnke  "Antique Roads of America: Bicycle Guide For Route 66"
[1992] by Dan Mahnke
photo essay & mileages - CA, AZ, NM,
TX, OK, KS, MO, IL - detailed for all sightseers
self-publd 8½x6 pb [7/92] out of print/used
Postcards MW&SFW   "Route 66 Postcards: Greetings From The Mother Road"
[1993] by Michael & Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis

St Martin 4¾x7 pb [9/93] out of print/40+ used

Route 66 Illustrated Guidebook To The Mother Road   "Route 66: The Illustrated Guidebook To The Mother Road" [1994]
by Bob Moore & Patrick Grauwels, Photography by Yannis Argyropoulos

RoadBook Intl 8¼x12 spiral-bound pb [1994] out of print/used
U.S.D.C., Inc. pb [1994] out of print/used
America's First Main Street / Crump  
"Route 66: America's First Main Street" [1994]
by Spencer Crump

Zeta Publrs 11x8½ pb [7/97] out of print/used
Songdog Diary   "Songdog Diary: 66 Stories From The Road" [1996]
by Michael & Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis, illustrated by Carol Stanton

Council Oak 7¾x7¾ hardcover [1/96] out of print/used
Road Trip USA   "Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures On America's Two-Lane Highways" [1996] by Jamie Jensen
Avalon Travel 3rd edition pb [4/2002] for $17.50
book series website
Searching For 66   "Searching For 66" [1996]
by Tom Teague, illustrated by Bob Waldmire

Samizdat/Sand Dollar pb [6/96] out of print/used
Remembered   "Route 66 Remembered" [1996]
by Michael Karl Witzel

Motorbooks Intl 10.3x10.4 pb [4/96] for $20.97
Return To Route 66 Postcards   "Return To Route 66: Postcards" [1998]
by Shellee Graham

Council Oak 4¾x7¼ pb [5/98] for $9.95
"Freeways: A Journey West On Route 66" [1998]
by Lewis Davies

Parthian Books pb [9/2002]
Dufour Editions 9.4x6 hardcover [5/98] for $19.95
Souvenirs   "Route 66 Souvenirs" [1998]
by Alan Rose and Michael & Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis

Griffin 12x9 pb [7/98] out of print/used
Route 66 Empires of Amusement  "Route 66: The Empires of Amusement" [1999]
Photography by Thomas Arthur Repp

Mock Turtle Press 8½x11 hardcover [5/99] for $24.47
publisher index & excerpts page
Traveler's Guide  

"Route 66: Traveler's Guide & Roadside Companion" [2000]
by Tom Snyder, Foreward by Bobby Troup

Griffin 9¼x4½ pb [3/2000] for $10.36
Tales From The Coral Court book by Shellee Graham   "Tales From The Coral Court: Photos & Stories From A Lost Route 66 Landmark" [2000] by Shellee Graham
Virginia Publng pb [5/2000] for $22.95
Along Route 66   "Along Route 66" [2000] by Quinta Scott
Univ OK Press 11x8¼ pb [12/2001] for $17.47
Univ OK Press 11x8¼ hardcover [12/2001] for $17.47
Route 66 book by Steil & Luning   "Route 66" [2000] by Tim Steil, photography by Jim Luning
Motorbooks Intl 9x8¼ pb [8/2000] for $10.47
Dining Guide   "Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide" [2002]
by Natl. Historic Route 66 Federation

9th edition pb [10/2002] for $9.95
6th edition pb [8/2000] out of stock/used
Lives On The Road   "Route 66: Lives On The Road" [2001]
by Jon G. Robinson

Motorbooks Intl 9.3x9.4 pb [5/2001] for $17.47
AAA Route 66 folding map guide  

"Route 66" folding map guide [2001]
A.A.A./Wilderness Press 4½x9 pb [7/2001] for $7.95
Traveling Route 66   "Traveling Route 66: 2,250 Miles of Motoring History From Chicago To L.A." [2001]
by Nick Freeth

Univ OK Press 6x4 pb [7/2001] for $11.66
Main Street USA  
"Route 66: Main Street USA" [2001]
by Nick Freeth

Motorbooks Intl 12x11 pb [9/2001] for $21.86
Across the Tracks   "Across The Tracks: A Route 66 Story" [2001]
by David King Dunaway

Booklocker 8½x5¾ pb [10/2001] for $17.95
official booksite
Route 66 Adventure Handbook   "Route 66 Adventure Handbook" [2002]
by Drew Knowles

Santa Monica Press 3rd edition 9x6 pb [5/2006] for $11.02
Route 66 Romance of The West book by Thomas Arthur Repp   "Route 66: The Romance of The West" [2002]
by Thomas Arthur Repp

listed in 'L.A. Times Best Books of the West 2002'
Mock Turtle Press hardcover [5/2002] for $24.47
publisher index page
Kittel's Route 66 photography   "Route 66" [2002]
Photography by Gerd Kittel

Thames & Hudson 11¼x9 pb
[5/2002] for $20.97
Route 66 Images   "Route 66: Images of America's Main Street" [2003]
by William Kaszynski

McFarland & Co. 11¼x8½ hardcover [6/2003] for $45.00
American Route 66   "American Route 66: Home On The Road" [2003]
by Jane Bernard & Polly Brown

Museum of NM Press 9¾x11¼ hardcover [9/2003] for $34.20
Route 66 Lost & Found books by Russell A. Olsen   "The Complete Route 66 Lost & Found" [2008] by Russell A. Olsen
Voyageur Press 8x8¼ hardcover [9/2008] for $18.25
"Route 66 Lost and Found: Ruins & Relics Revisited" [2004]
Vol. 1: Voyageur Press/M.B.I. 10¼x10¼ hardcover [5/2004] out of print/used
Vol. 2: Voyageur Press/M.B.I. 10¼x10¼ hardcover [7/2006] out of print/used
Spirit of the Mother Road  
"Route 66: The Spirit of The Mother Road" [2004]
by Bob Moore

Northland Publng 13x10 pb [6/2004] for $10.62
Route 66 Iconography   "Route 66: Iconography of The American Highway" [2006]
by Arthur Krim

Center for American Places 8¼x9¾ pb [5/2006] for $23.10
Cultural History of Route 66   "Hip To The Trip: A Cultural History of Route 66" [2007]
by Peter B. Dedek

Univ NM Press 8¾x6 pb [4/2007] for $13.57
Legendary Route 66 book by Michael Karl Witzel & Gyvel Young-Witzel  "Legendary Route 66: A Journey Through Time Along America's Mother Road" [2007] by Michael Karl Witzel & Gyvel Young-Witzel
Voyageur Press 12x9½ hardcover [10/2007] for $22.76
Ghost Towns of Route 66 book by Jim Hinckley & Kerrick James  "Ghost Towns of Route 66" [2011]
Text by Jim Hinckley, Photography by Kerrick James

Kindle Edition from Voyageur Press [6/2011] for $10.79
Voyageur Press 10x8½ hardcover [6/2011] for $16.50


Fiction  About  Route 66

"The Grapes of Wrath" [Viking April 1939]
by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
Grapes of Wrath novel by John Steinbeck  When America was devastated by the 'Dust Bowl' drought, many farmers lost their land, and many of them migrated to California. Steinbeck's epic novel revealed to the world the plight of a family of 'Okies' (from Oklahoma), and caused society to make changes in 'The System'. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [2006 edition] for $12.99
Penguin 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2002] for $11.03
Bantam mass pb [1964] out of print/used
Penguin 7½x5 library hardcover [3/2006] for $20.59
Penguin UNABR audio [10/98] 12 tapes read by Dylan Baker - out of prodn/many used

Grapes of Wrath movie directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda  feature film from 20th Century-Fox [January 1940]
John Ford's movie (from Nunnally Johnson's script) remains an unforgettable experience even 70 years later. Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; script by Nunnally Johnson; cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin & Dorris Bowdon; won Oscars for Best Director & Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor (Fonda), Best Editing, Best Sound; listed in National Film Registry 1989; ranked #21 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films
full credits at IMDb film entry at Wikipedia
more details on Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 Broadway stageplay by Frank Galati  "The Grapes of Wrath" stageplay [1988]
Adapted & directed by Frank Galati; 188 Broadway performances, March-Sept 1990; won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director, won Drama Desk Award for Best Director
Josef Weinberger Plays 7½x5 pb [6/91] out of print/used
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [9/91] out of print/used
Fireside Theatre hardcover [1990] out of print/scarce
production details at IBDb stageplay entry at Wikipedia
L.A. Theatre Works live radio performance [2007]
full-cast production starring Shirley Knight & Jeffrey Donovan, with live music
L.A. Theatre Works audio CD [7/2007] 2 disks for $18.68

Murder On Route 66  "Murder On Route 66" [1998] Edited by by Carolyn Wheat
16 stories by Barbara D'Amato, Les Roberts, John Lutz, Carolyn G. Hart, D.R. Meredith, J.A. Jance, Dick Lochte, Carolyn Wheat & others
Prime Crime pb [7/99] out of print/used
DH Audio UNABR [10/98] out of prodn/many used
'West On 66' novel   "West On 66" [2001 novel] by James H. Cobb
A hard-boiled detective in a '57 Chevy, a damsel in distress, and a Cadillac-load of thugs mix it up in a fast-paced chase along Route 66 from Chicago to California in 1958.
Minotaur 8¼x5.6 pb [4/2001] for $10.36


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