Over The Hills Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sometimes the road to mid-life self-discovery takes you a long, long way. This is what journalist David Lamb finds out in his book Over The Hills as he cycles his way from his home in Alexandria, VA west to the Santa Monica pier near Los Angeles, CA. On his cross country bicycle journey, he finds the strength of body and mind needed to complete the trip, as well as the miracle of ibuprophen. He made his trek while reporting his progress on NPR and to his paper, The Los Angeles Times, and found admirers pulling for him along the way. He even had a friend from Texas join up and bike for a few days with him.
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He talks about the loneliness of the open road (missing his wife) and the sense of solitude despite traversing the country with motorists, truckers and even an occasional fellow biker or two. The scenery is spectacular on the trans-American odyssey when not viewed through a car window. As a former war correspondent he is accustomed to dealing with rough conditions so he complains very little while staying in shabby motels and eatting greasy if not hearty roadside fare to maintain the energy needed to fuel his body.

One cannot help but to root for Mr. Lamb to successfully complete his 3,000 mile journey as the book progresses. It is an unenviable undertaking yet it's purpose and significance hold a curious appeal to the adventurer in all of us.
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Plot & Themes

Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Road trip    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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