By William Least Heat-Moon
(Little, Brown and Company, $30)


Award-winning travel writer William Least Heat-Moon is best known for his 1982 best-seller Blue Highways: A Journey into America, which chronicled his 13,000-mile journey across America’s back roads. This captivating new collection of his short-form travelogues spans the globe from New Zealand to Mexico and includes several stories of food within travel — ciscoes (fish) in Minnesota, microbrews in California — that are always greater than the sum of their parts. But the most endearing tales are those closest to his home and heart, particularly his recollection of when his 10-year-old self realized the interstate running through his Missouri town could lead a wide-eyed boy to the even wider world beyond.