by Andrew Knapp
(Quirk Books, $14.95)
Reviewed by Larry Cox
In 1960, John Steinbeck set out on a road trip with Charley, his poodle, to discover America. The result was “Travels with Charley,” a bestseller based on the experience. During the autumn of 2013, Andrew Knapp, a freelance interface designer and photographer from Ontario, Canada, loaded his border collie, Momo, into a 1977 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van and began a 15,000-mile trip across America.
Knapp’s plans were much like Steinbeck’s iconic trip more than half a century earlier, but with a twist. In Knapp’s previous book, “Find Momo,” the canine played hide-and-seek throughout its pages and does likewise in this delightful new book.
The month of travel covered a great deal of the United States, but it was after a terrible rainstorm that Knapp and Momo discovered the American Southwest. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest were regions that truly captured what he called his sunny heart.
Momo, who has more than 340,000 Instagram fans, was a good traveling companion. Knapp claims that the opportunity to explore and live out of the van was a rewarding experience on several levels. For example, during the journey, he learned as much as possible about both the people and places visited.
The images in this book are fascinating. From a diner in New England to the White House in Washington, D.C., Knapp’s photography captures the diversity of our country. The fun is finding Momo in the more than 100 images. It’s not as easy as you might think.