Great Books With Cars

Thumbing through like a would-be hitchhiker, reading the pages of leading American literature, it doesn't take long to discover what makes a "car" book just that.

In the early pages of John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad, just out of prison, catches a ride from a reluctant trucker. Soon the Dust Bowl epic sprawls, in snarls and fits, westward, with the main characters and the storylines riding on an archetypical Depression-era jalopy — a Hudson Super cum customized contraption...

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