Turn Left At The Trojan Horse by Brad Herzog

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"Turn Left at the Trojan Horse had me howling with laughter and nodding at the razor-sharp observation." --Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House

"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 Winnebago Aspect onto the open road.

A modern-day Odysseus in Kerouac clothing, Brad Herzog plunges into a solo cross-country search for insight. With middle age bearing down on him, 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 college reunion in Ithaca, New York, Brad shares his personal odyssey. Stopping in classically named towns, he meets everyday heroes, including a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Troy, Oregon; a modern-day hobo in Iliad, Montana; and a bomb-squad soldier in Sparta, Wisconsin. These encounters and Brad's effortlessly infused musings make for an exciting, one-of-a-kind ride.

"A truly epic journey."--A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"As we sit in Herzog's passenger seat, we cannot help but stare out the window and even see our own reflection in the glass."--Liz Robbins, author of A Race Like No Other

Brad Herzog lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife and their two sons. He has been described as a "modern-day Steinbeck" and a "Picasso of the Winnebago," and Lonely Planet has ranked his travel memoirs among eight classics of the genre, along with books like Travels with Charley and On the Road. As an award-winning freelance writer, he has chronicled some of the nation's most unusual and intriguing subcultures, from nudists to North Pole explorers and from Pez collectors to pro mini golfers.

 

About Brad Herzog

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Brad Herzog, a graduate of Cornell University, is a former newspaper reporter & a frequent contributor to various national magazines. A three-time gold medal winner from the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, he is the author of "The Sports 100" & a dozen children's books. DAVID MILNE teaches Canadian politics at the University of Prince Edward Island and has advised PEI governments on constitutional matters. He is the author of "Tug of War: Ottawa and the Provinces under Trudeau and Mulroney" and co-editor of "The Garden Transformed: Prince Edward Island 1945-1980".
 
Published May 25, 2010 by Citadel. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Herzog's third travel memoir (Small World: A Microcosmic Journey, 2004, etc.) follows the highways cross-country to his college reunion at Cornell University, examining the idea of the hero along the way.

Jan 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Turn Left At The Trojan Horse

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The author takes a circuitous route east from California by driving an RV across Oregon, Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other points between and beyond. Inspired by Odysseus and a cast

Aug 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Turn Left At The Trojan Horse

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