By Sophia Dembling

Sophia Dembling is a writer in Dallas, even though she's originally from New York City and everyone can tell, which is why her first book is titled The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas. She is also author of The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World and the forthcoming Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After (coming January 2015). Her most recent book is 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go, and she thinks every woman should buy a copy.

  1. Previously by Sophia Dembling: Red Cloud, Nebraska: A Literary Pilgrimage to Willa Cather Country The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the First Ladies National Historic Site are both located in Canton, Ohio. Can you guess which one is 118,000 square feet of million-dollar interactive razzle-dazzle, and which one…isn't? In researching my book, 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go, I visited many sites focused on women's history. And while they were all fascinating…

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  2. The Toast’s previous literary pilgrimages can be found here.

    Growing up in the heart of New York City, I hardly believed places like Nebraska and Kansas were real; they sounded as foreign to me as Madagascar and Timbuktu. I took my first cross-country drive at age 19 and was immediately and irreversibly enchanted by the cows and cornfields, enormous sky and straight, hypnotic highways of America's heartland. 

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