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Old 11-28-2007, 09:34 AM
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Need train related book recommendations


For Christmas, I am taking a journey across the country by train. New York City through Chicago all the way to Montana and holidays with the gigantic extended family. Iím doing it in style, too: sleeper car, meals in the dining car, wine and cheese tasting in the observation car.

Since the trip is a little over two days, I imagine Iíll spend a lot of time reading. Iím looking for recommendations for train-appropriate books. Non-fiction, fiction, travel essays Ė if you recommend it, Iíll give it a try. Murder on the Orient Express is already on my shelf, ready to go.

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Old 11-28-2007, 09:49 AM
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The Edge by Dick Francis. Most of the action takes place on a long-distance train trip which sounds very similar to yours.

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Old 11-28-2007, 10:19 AM
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Atlas Shrugged--though that's probably a bit much for a two-day trip.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:33 AM
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Maxwell's Train by Christopher Hyde. Solid thriller that can really only be understood and appreciated by those who have experienced cross-country train travel. May be a little hard to find, but not impossible.

Also, you may want to watch Silver Streak before you go. Fun Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy from the 70s, but if you've never taken a long-distance train before, it will give you some idea of what to expect in the sleepers, dining cars, etc.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:40 AM
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Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:42 AM
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Atlas Shrugged--though that's probably a bit much for a two-day trip.
The name of the train from Chicago to Montana is "The Empire Builder." Ayn Rand jumped immediately to mind.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:50 AM
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Seconded - came in to mention this very book!
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:24 AM
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Did I just get Duffilled? How could I forget Theroux and his train books? I've read The Great Railway Bazaar a few times. Since it's been nominated and seconded, I'll third it.

He did a couple of other train books too: The Old Patagonian Express, and Riding the Iron Rooster. Each is well worth reading, though perhaps not quite up to the standard of The Great Railway Bazaar.

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