As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what America meant The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people and sunlight and freeways The second looked like The Grapes of Wrath a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Shing ever since, even now that she lives and works in LA The American Dream A Journey on Routeis Shings attempt to find what she can of both of these Americas on a solo journey small adventure dog included across the entire expanse of that iconic road, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago And what begins as a road trip ends up as something like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting, forever out of place I loved this illustrated travelogue about driving Route 66 The art is engaging and the text is interesting The author covered some weird and wonderful places along the famous old road, with her cute little dog The book is a modern blast from the past Purely delightful I am a huge fan of Shing Yin Khor s art, and this was something very special I drove part of this path TX AZ in college in the mid 00s,hitting some of these places, and I loved seeing it from her POV, now The epilogue hit so hard As always, the art is gorgeous, the colors beautiful, but the reason to read this travel comic is for the story it tells about living in America from the POV of someone who has a wider perspective than the narrow nationalism so many take today Route 66 does have a lot of Trump territory seeing it through the eyes of a WOC, who has known other cultures, and her dog is important, I think. A fabulous narrative of oft forgotten Americana as viewed through the eyes and soul of an immigrant who wants to know about what being American means The watercolors are rich with emotion and the experiences are presented with the truth times of beauty and of isolation of what exists between the boundaries of modern life and a time capsule of this changing nation A great gift for anyone who loves graphic novels or just wants to learn a new perspective on life in America. Really wonderful view of rt 66 in art, including both historical aspects, and just being a person of color of any kind traveling through some of the south It s gorgeous and engaging and I really enjoyed it Will re read again to enjoy the art. I enjoyed reading this modern take on traveling Route 66 Interesting to see an updated perspective It captures the essences of the Route 66 Americana experience while reflecting on how much the culture has changed A quick, fun read. This is the best book I ve ever read A MUST have Route 66 is arguably the most famous road in the world People come from all over to drive the old two lane highway and experience, America before it became generic, as author Michael Wallis says.Shing Yin Khor s graphic memoir provides a valuable, easily accessible window into her journey across the country as a young traveler and an immigrant It can be a quick read if you really want it to be, but there s a lot here that is worth stopping and thinking about.If you want to see Route 66 through fresh eyes, this book is for you If you want to see beautiful artwork that showcases small town America, this book is for you If you want a book that lingers in the mind after you ve placed it on the shelf, this book is for you.