Thursday, June 13, 2013

True Life Adventures (Books)

I have a thing for memoirs, biographies, true life adventure stories. For some reason I am especially fond of books that showcase the neophyte outdoors-man (or woman) heading off into the unknown. Yesterday I came across an adventure (of a sort) book of a different kind. Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom is the story of a young college graduate with $32,000 in college loan debt who sets out to pay off every penny as quickly as possible and along the way experiences some unique adventures (think Alaskan wilderness, living in a van while attending grad school, being a park ranger). Like so many of these true stories, he doesn't know what he's getting into until he's already dead in the center. It's a refreshing and fun read with some nice humorous touches. One of those books you just can't put down.


Another favorite from a few years ago is The Secret Life of Cowboys, the tale of a young man who, undecided about his future, decides to head west into the land where cowboys roam. Again, I love discovering what was going through his mind and what led him to make the choices he made. Plus, I learned a lot about the life of a cowhand at a time when I was writing a cowboy romance. A fascinating coming of age story. 


Miles from Nowhere: A Round the World Bicycle Adventure is the story of a young husband and wife who decide that if they don't have an adventure now they might never get the chance. So they set out to bicycle around the world. A warm and humorous account of the couple's 2-year trip through 25 countries.


Last but not least is one of my all time favorites, by renowned author Bill Bryson. I've read a lot of his books, but A Walk in the Woods remains my favorite. Filled with humor that made me smile and sometimes laugh, Bryson (and an ill-equipped friend) set out to hike the Appalachian trail. If you've never read this, I highly recommend it. (In fact, I had to buy a new copy recently. Ours was loaned out and never returned. That's all right. Hopefully, someone is enjoying it). 




2 comments:

Mary Preston said...

My daughter introduced me to Bill Bryson's books. They are clever & hilarious.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, I haven't read all of his books yet, but I've enjoyed all the ones I've read. I find myself nodding and smiling my way through (and sometimes laughing out loud).