Don't make me pull over! : an informal history of the family road trip
|Format:||Print Book 2018.|
|Availability:||Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 14 copies|
The birth of America's first interstate highways in the 1950s hit the gas pedal on the road trip phenomenon and families were soon streaming--sans seatbelts!--to a range of sometimes stirring, sometimes wacky locations. In the days before cheap air travel, families didn't so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of them--from being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one might have been had at the next attraction, to dealing with a dad who didn't believe in bathroom breaks.
Now, decades later, Ratay offers "an amiable guide...fun and informative" (New York Newsday ) that "goes down like a cold lemonade on a hot summer's day" ( The Wall Street Journal ). In hundreds of amusing ways, he reminds us of what once made the Great American Family Road Trip so great, including twenty-foot "land yachts," oasis-like Holiday Inn "Holidomes," "Smokey"-spotting Fuzzbusters, twenty-eight glorious flavors of Howard Johnson's ice cream, and the thrill of finding a "good buddy" on the CB radio.
An "informative, often hilarious family narrative [that] perfectly captures the love-hate relationship many have with road trips" ( Publishers Weekly ), Don't Make Me Pull Over! reveals how the family road trip came to be, how its evolution mirrored the country's, and why those magical journeys that once brought families together--for better and worse--have largely disappeared.
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-- United States
-- 20th century.
Family vacations -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
|Publisher|| New York :2018.
|Edition||First Scribner hardcover edition.|
|Other Titles|| Do not make me pull over
xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm