|Plot Summary of Over The Hills|
|"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.
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. "
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Over The Hills|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 1st
Book makes you feel?
- in awe
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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