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). 


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).