The Oregon Trail: An American Journey
Publish date: 2015-06-30
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
This is Rinker Buck's account of how he and his younger brother, Nick, (and Nick's dog, Olive Oyl) traveled the Oregon Trail, from Missouri to Oregon, by covered wagon and mules, in 2011. It hadn't been done since 1909. Buck seems to have been inspired by a combination of a deep melancholy and...
So I was convinced, somehow, that this book was written by a woman, not sure why I thought that... Actually, it's written by a guy. Maybe the ambiguous name of the author? Misreading of the synopsis? But he's funny in that humorously cynical manner that so appeals to me. Plus, he's an obsessive hist...
This entertaining, often enthralling, mix of history, humor, travelogue, family memoir, and no holds barred social commentary reminds me of my favorite Bill Bryson books--especially A Walk in the Woods about Bryson’s (mis)adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail. When Rinker Buck discovered that larg...