Addicted to Americana Book Review from @kleffnotes

Do you love the warm glow of neon? Do you wish you could drive a car with fins down historic Route 66? Then Addicted to Americana by Charles Phoenix is the perfect read for you! As someone who loves the kitschy retro futurism of the 1950’s and 60’s I was excited to read through this picture packed celebration of American life.

Charles Phoenix is a perfect guide to the world of Americana. He has been giving slideshows and presentations on the subject for years and has been inspired by vintage Kodachrome slides. After finding some on a whim he began showing them off and many of these images are even included within this book. Beyond just sharing his love through slides, Phoenix travels the country hunting down everything from vintage rides to diners and even hotels. His love for the subject is present throughout this upbeat and fun read.

As someone who is hoping to do some more traveling Addicted to Americana was the perfect starting point for me. While many of the sites he mentions are in California there are some that are even close to where I am in Ohio that I had never heard of before. I was struck by the amount of detective work Phoenix has had to do in order to track down all of the amazing things he has included in this very quick read. I would also strongly recommend it to Disney fans as Phoenix uses his love for Disneyland as a connecting point throughout Addicted to Americana. I definitely need to plan a trip there myself and from there I definitely think I will have to track down some of the fabulous sites he mentioned.

You can find Addicted to Americana on sale now!

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