"Roughing It" by Mark Twain
Something that tends to get lost in the conversation about one of America's most famous writers is just how great of a travel writer he was. Considering he got a good deal of his money from live appearances all over the globe, it shouldn't come as much of a shock that one of the funniest and most astute observers of his time had things to say about the places it visited.
While he went all over the globe for his book Innocents Abroad, his other travel book, Roughing It is the young Twain out in the rough-and-tumble west during and right after the Civil War, giving readers a view of a different part of America during a time when north and south dominated the narrative. [$7, amazon.com]