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Book Title: Turn Left At The Trojan Horse (EXCERPT)|
Date of issue: June 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9780806534817
The author of the book: Brad Herzog
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.72 MB
Read full description of the books Turn Left At The Trojan Horse (EXCERPT):Bill Bryson meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an intimate, epic, and offbeat journey in search of the heroic ideal…
“Go away. Figure it out,” she was saying. “Don’t come back until you do.” She looked at the calendar. “You have thirty-one days.”
With these words, like Helen of Troy launching a thousand ships across the Aegean, Brad Herzog’s wife launched a single Winnebago Aspect onto the open road. A modern-day Odysseus in Kerouac clothing, Brad Herzog plunges into a solo cross-country adventure in search of insight. With middle age bearing down on him and another college reunion fast approaching, he takes stock: How has he measured up to his own youthful aspirations? In contemporary America, what is a life well lived? What is a heroic life?
From the foothills of Washington’s Mount Olympus, through the forgotten corners of America, and finally to his alma mater in Ithaca (New York), Brad shares this personal odyssey of a lifetime. Stopping in classically named towns, he delves into the lives of everyday heroes, including a teacher in a one-room rural schoolhouse in Troy (Oregon), a bomb-diffusing soldier in Sparta (Wisconsin), and a woman in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania who survived childhood trauma but maintains a hold on more than a dozen distinct personalities.
These encounters and Brad’s effortlessly infused musings on Homer, Joseph Campbell, and Lewis and Clark create the perfect balance of past lessons and present epiphanies. Like Odysseus, Brad returns to the arms of his loved ones with many hard-earned answers. Turn Left at the Trojan Horse: A Would-be Hero’s American Odyssey is a historical, philosophical and conversational trek across America and through the universal truths of mythography. However, in the end it is simply the story of one man trying to find his way.
Read information about the authorBrad Herzog is the author of more than three-dozen books for readers of all ages. His children's books include the beautifully-illustrated picture book FRANCIS AND EDDIE (Why Not Books, 2013) and the five-book COUNT ON ME: SPORTS series (Free Spirit Publishing, 2014). His many alphabet picture books for Sleeping Bear Press include H IS FOR HOME RUN and S IS FOR SAVE THE PLANET, which was a finalist in the National "Best Books 2009" Awards.
His latest nonfiction title for adults is MY MANTELPIECE (Why Not Books, 2014), the co-authored memoirs of civil rights icon Carolyn Goodman -- with a foreword from Maya Angelou. Brad is also the author of three critically acclaimed narratives about his travels through small-town America. His first travel memoir, STATES OF MIND (John F. Blair Publishing, 1999), reached #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller list. He followed that with SMALL WORLD (Pocket Books, 2004) and TURN LEFT AT THE TROJAN HORSE (Citadel Press, 2010).
As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. He has been interviewed on "The Today Show" and "Oprah" and has been profiled in publications ranging from People magazine to Reader's Digest. Brad (www.bradherzog.com) lives in California with his wife and two sons.
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