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Notes From the Road

by Mike Ingram

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"A week before spring semester, a Philadelphia writing professor sets out for L.A. to deliver a friend's car. His first night on the road, alone in a Super 8 motel, he makes three pro/con lists: one for staying in his job; one for staying in his relationship; and one for staying in Philadelphia. This book-length essay is a log of the author's life on the road, peppered with reflections on his family, history, and life's simple pleasures. In these pages, Ingram confronts the disappointments of middle-adulthood set against his Big Desires. "It was okay," Ingram writes of a roadside meal he gets along the way, "in the way that about eighty-five percent of life is okay." A funny and tender rumination on indecision and an account of the places the mind wanders while driving in a straight line, NOTES FROM THE ROAD is a long essay that fits in your pocket for your next trip"--… (more)
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"A week before spring semester, a Philadelphia writing professor sets out for L.A. to deliver a friend's car. His first night on the road, alone in a Super 8 motel, he makes three pro/con lists: one for staying in his job; one for staying in his relationship; and one for staying in Philadelphia. This book-length essay is a log of the author's life on the road, peppered with reflections on his family, history, and life's simple pleasures. In these pages, Ingram confronts the disappointments of middle-adulthood set against his Big Desires. "It was okay," Ingram writes of a roadside meal he gets along the way, "in the way that about eighty-five percent of life is okay." A funny and tender rumination on indecision and an account of the places the mind wanders while driving in a straight line, NOTES FROM THE ROAD is a long essay that fits in your pocket for your next trip"--

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