Travels with Charley In Search of America by John Steinbeck
This is a book that surprises you. It surprises because reading Steinbeck isn't like this, I thought. Yes it is about the land but it is about the man and the particular dog crossing it.
It was first published in 1980. The book is the story of John Steinbeck and his French Poodle Charley in a special pick up truck camper and their 1960's road trip around the United States. He had build his own camper on the truck bed and was way ahead of his time on that.
I felt like I was learning about the land and the people through his eyes. The dog was interesting but seeing the land through a great author's eyes was different. I had never had a high regard for French Poodles but apparently I was wrong.
Not that Ducks matter much today in a post about a man and his French Poodle but these ducks below live just down the street
See how proud the papa is.