For the Joy of Reading: Last Bus to Coffeeville


If you are looking for a book that is the love-child of “On the Road” and “Huckleberry Finn” with a smidgeon of euthanasia thrown in, look no further.   This is the book for you.

It is a road trip, in which a motley band of fugitives head down the Mississippi Valley towards Coffeeville for a tryst with destiny.   It is also a story about the last 60 years of US history.   There are brief encounters with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.   There are glimpses of the icons of the period – Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King and Hershey bars.   There is that glorious moment when the Freedom Riders get on buses to desegregate the South.   And we are given a hint of what awaits baby boomers as they get old.

The story begins with the reader meeting three ex-students from Duke University.   There…

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