My progress on Tracking Nana has been slowed recently by Edge Effects by Robert D. Temple. It’s a hefty 600+ pages, which I pick up to browse for a few minutes and then get engrossed in for hours.
An obsessive after my own heart, Temple became fascinated with border name places and went in search of them. (We’ve all heard of Texarkana, and some of us have been to Texico, but there are hundreds of others all over the U.S., from Vershire to Mexicali). Along the way Temple researches old railroad timetables, follows current and out-dated maps, questions gas station attendants, waitresses and small-town librarians, and tracks down the old coots who are the repositories for local history and folklore, It makes for fascinating reading.