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The American Dream?

The American Dream?

A Journey on Route 66, Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

Book - 2019
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"An illustrated comic travelogue about an American immigrant driving alone through all that's left of "The Mother Road," Route 66"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Zest Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., [2019]
ISBN: 9781541578524
154157852X
9781942186373
1942186371
Call Number: ygn 917.804 KHIR 2019
Characteristics: 160 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

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Khor was born in Malaysia and immigrated to the United States, eventually becoming a citizen. In this graphic memoir, she records her journey along the historic Route 66 to learn more about America, trying to understand how, as an immigrant, she fits in.


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Mar 03, 2021

The question mark in the title should've been a clue that this book is not a happy Route 66 information/adventure book. Rather, it is a book about an immigrant artist who sees the injustice in Route 66 and America.

I like the idea of the book, the comic style layout, and the color drawings. The book, however lacks content or experiences supporting her claims. Most of the people she met are her friends dotted across the country. The attractions along Route 66 were not highlighted because that was not the premise of the book.

The disappointing thing is this book lacks setting (non-existent Route 66 information), character build-up, conflict (other than her tireless complaints), and a clear conclusion.

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