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Cheap Motels and a Hotplate : An Economist's Travelogue

Cheap Motels and a Hotplate : An Economist's Travelogue - 06 edition

Cheap Motels and a Hotplate : An Economist's Travelogue - 06 edition

ISBN13: 9781583671436

ISBN10: 1583671439

Cheap Motels and a Hotplate : An Economist
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Published: 2006
International: No
Cheap Motels and a Hotplate : An Economist

ISBN13: 9781583671436

ISBN10: 1583671439

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 06

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Summary

The road trip is a staple of modern American literature. But nowhere in American literature, until now, has an economist hit the road, observing and interpreting the extraordinary range and spectacle of U.S. life.
Disillusioned with academic life after thirty-two years teaching economics, Michael Yates took early retirement in 2001, with a pension account that had doubled during the dot.com frenzy of the late 1990s. He and his wife Karen have traveled around the country since then, often spending months at a time on the road. Michael and Karen spent the summer of 2001 in Yellowstone National Park, where Michael worked as a hotel front-desk clerk. They moved to Manhattan for a year, where he worked for Monthly Review. From there they went to Portland, Oregon, to explore the Pacific Northwest. After five months of travel in Summer and Fall 2004, they settled in Miami Beach. Ahead of the 2005 hurricane season, they went back on the road, settling this time in Colorado.
Cheap Motels and a Hotplate is both an account of their adventures and a penetrating examination of work and inequality, race and class, alienation and environmental degradation in the small towns and big cities of the contemporary United States.

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