A Maverick USA Way

by Mary Jane Walker

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See black and white preview on bit.ly/MavUSAWay, color images on bit.ly/MavUSACol. A Maverick USA Way is the fifth in Mary Jane's series of unconventional travel memoirs. Mary Jane has been visiting the USA since the 1990s, and travelled right around the continental USA by Amtrak train in the autumn and winter of 2016 and 2017. Not only was she confronted by politics during the height of the 2016 election season, but also discovered environmental and social issues along the way. She took the train to the Glacier, Grand Teton, Yosemite and Rocky Mountains National Parks before the snow hit. She loved the Smithsonian museums and after seeing a dance at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, she decided to go to Standing Rock. It was a protest over land rights and drinking water, at 30 below zero! She was awed by Chicago architecture, by an Art Deco Detroit which is reverting into a park, by Galveston and by Birmingham, Alabama. She was in America for the election and was not surprised Trump won. She was tired of being mistaken for a homeless person because she wore a back pack, and left San Francisco because of it. The book begins with a guest historical chapter, and then tumbles directly into Mary Jane's own account of life on the rails, plus a spell in Hawai'i on the way home. With 409 maps, photos and other images.