Literature of the Southern States – Part 2

Let’s venture into the deep south – South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi – where the summers are long, hot, and humid and the days fade into stiff evenings cooled by visits on the front porch. From the bayou towns of Louisiana to the quaint historic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, the cuisine, music, and literature of the most southern states will enchant you. South Carolina The novels of Pat Conroy: Pat Conroy is known for his sweeping stories about love and family set in South Carolina, particularly The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. The Prince of Tides,…
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Southern Fiction Part 1

Southern fiction provides readers with a literary escape to the lush green hills of the Appalachians, a glimpse of  the Civil War through the eyes of a beloved character, or a tour of small-town America through the streets of dusty coal towns. Let’s explore our first section of southern fiction (deeper south comes next!) by reading our way through West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina. West Virginia Snakehunter by Chunk Kinder: This coming-of-age story explores the life of Speer Whitfield, who reflects on his upbringing in 1940s Appalachia with his large and peculiar family. At turns funny…
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Reading Road Trip: Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States bursts with culture and history, allowing visitors to enjoy the hustle and bustle of big-city fun (New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia) or gorgeous rural landscapes throughout the lush Appalachians. With the region’s defined seasons and slow change between them, your travel experience varies just as much. You can enjoy Christmas in New York City or a summer vacation in Montauk. You can enjoy a spring park day picnicking and admiring Niagara Falls, or book an autumn weekend in the Poconos to gaze upon the foliage.  If spending a lazy, hazy summer day at…
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Introducing ROAM Magazine

It’s writing “vacation” on the calendar and excitedly counting down the days until travel. It’s the flutter of butterflies in your stomach as the plane taxis toward the runway. It’s waking up to sunshine and bird calls and hearing waves lap the shoreline. It’s having time to stretch, breathe, and relax with the people you love most. When we think about traveling again, we feel excited. When we think about treasured memories from past trips, we smile. We dream about our next adventures around the world. If you’re longing to travel like we are, we’d like to introduce you to…
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Fiction of New England

The New England states represent the origins of American history set against the changing beauty of the four seasons and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Let’s begin our cross-country reading road trip with our first destination and explore the fiction of New England. Maine the novels of Stephen King: King, a Bangor native, sets many of his novels in two fictional Maine towns: Derry and Castle Rock. Foggy mornings, tree-lined roads through dense forests, and small towns with big secrets illuminate the creepy atmosphere of his stories. With almost 100 books to choose from, readers can experience King’s…
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