American Places by William Knowlton Zinsser
A Writer's Pilgrimage to 15 of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished Sites

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The author of On Writing Well and Writing to Learn recounts his journey to America's most cherished historic sites--including Mount Rushmore, Kitty Hawk, and Disneyland--discussing their significance to today's Americans. 15,000 first printing.
 

About William Knowlton Zinsser

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Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.
 
Published May 1, 1992 by Harpercollins. 200 pages
Genres: Travel. Non-fiction

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Zinsser employs the same method in each profile: He offers a brief background history of the place, while eliciting from custodians of each site--curators, park rangers, librarians, town historians, and the like--their impressions of why people are drawn so insistently to these secular shrines.

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""it's just one man's tour of his collection, as idiosyncratic as another man's collection of stamps or coins or butterflies."" Zinsser uses the biographies of major songwriting talents as centerpieces for his in-depth portrayal of the days when ""every home seemed to have a piano and at least on...

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