VIB (Very Impressive Book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: TC V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck
($28.00 Simon & Schuster)
A few years ago Rinker Buck, journalist by trade and addictive dreamer by nature, got the notion to travel the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail on a covered wagon pulled by mules. As he said of himself, “only a delusional jackass or someone seriously off his medications would…concoct such a preposterous scheme.” His even more eccentric brother Nick, a highly skilled horseman and very handy with tools, accompanied him on the adventure. Rinker would be the first to admit that the two of them were not too far from mirroring Oscar and Felix, the ultimate odd couple, yin and yang yet perfect foils for each other and highly motivated to complete their quest. The trail was hard for the pioneers who crossed it and remained a challenge for the Buck brothers. The Oregon Trail delivers on every level, the book is funny, beautifully written and not simply the tale of Rinker and Nick’s journey. Throughout the book, Buck weaves in the most fascinating chronicles of American history that I've ever read, thoughtful comments on contemporary American culture and society and moving, insightful observations on his own life. – recommended by Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer
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