“American Nomads!” This Wednesday Bookmobile Hits America’s Open Roads! Wanderlust And Escape!

american open roads

Time To Hit America’s Open Roads!

There is nothing more liberating than to hit the open road and see America’s majestic “wild wild west”….with some of the world’s most stunning imagery…

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Time To Meet Some “American Nomads!”

This week’s “Wednesday Bookmobile” hits those open roads to show you the life of “American Nomads”!

One Writer has captured the true spirit of what it means to hit the open road and celebrate freedom – with a great book that highlights an idea that has been with us since the beginning of time….

american nomads

Here is what he says right at the top of his book about America’s greatest explorers…

“Reading the diaries and accounts of the frontiersmen, for example, it became impossible to see them as the proud vanguard of civilization, leading its triumphant westward march across the continent. Nine times out of ten, civilization is what the frontiersmen were running away from.”

American Nomads Richard Grant

“American Nomads!”

I have written about Travel Writer Richard Grant before, and will share those links with you at the end of this post. But first, I want to celebrate his terrific book that tells the story of “American wanderlust”…and the “nomads” who roam America’s countryside seeking freedom and “no ties”…

nomadic lifestyles

Writer Richard Grant is the perfect writer for this story, as he shares that “wanderlust” in his personal life as well…as he writes in the booK:

“Sometimes I went into the deserts with friends. More often, I ended up going alone, for a few nights or a week, sleeping under the stars…I went feral, you might say, until I tired of my company, or ran out of food or water…”

The book is full of great stories about modern and classic “Nomads” – and their incredible stories of discovery out west in the 1800’s…and these stories are exciting and amazingly dangerous – the lives these people led is unbelievable – and they are vivid examples of what it means to to roam free, without borders, without fences…

america wanderlust

This book is full of memorable stories of past and present “nomads”, who explored completely unchartered areas – in many cases assuming they would end up in Asia, since nobody knew there was an ocean called the Pacific waiting for them!

travel writer richard grant

What I love about this book is that the Author is himself an “American Nomad”, so he knows instinctively what he is writing about…and there are amazing profiles of “mountain men” who lived incredible lives…

legendary mountain men

Richard Grant is a great writer, and here is my link to an earlier book he published – his terrific journey through Mexico’s Sierra Madre…


It’s a great book and you should check it out…

God's Middle Finger book

Crazy River book

And Grant also wrote an amazing book about his efforts to navigate Africa’s “Crazy River”…read all about it here:


Let me know if you’ve read any of these great books!

American Nomads Richard Grant

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7 replies

  1. As a sister traveler with incurable wanderlust, I look forward to reading more. Thanks for the review. By the way, are you a sailor?

  2. There sure is something about the wide open sky and the setting of the West that captures the heart of many. I love that I live out here–coming from the Midwest and East Coast. This would be a book I’d read. Thanks for featuring it, John.

    • Cindy, Richard Grant is a great writer, and the book mixes great history of the exploring of the west with a look at the millions who live permanently “on the road” in the west…really fascinating

  3. I have always thought that the sheer size of your country inspires a nomadic trait in many of its people. With such diversity on offer in America, that is completely understandable. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Yes, the book highlights our ability to “get away from it all” in the vast open spaces of the west…here’s a fact for you: 80% of the US population lives EAST of the Mississippi River…so the west has a LOT of room to run about!

  4. Sounds great, John. This is definitely a book that appeals to me.


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