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Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle (Riding Home)
     

Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle (Riding Home)

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by Jack Lewis
 
Since his first feature in Motorcyclist magazine, contributing editor Jack Lewis has set a high bar in polarizing the readership. Letters to the editor may brim with love or sizzle with hatred, but are never indifferent. Castigated by his editor for routinely doubling his allotted space, this "rider's cut" provides a deeper glimpse into the mind behind "Stoned to the

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Since his first feature in Motorcyclist magazine, contributing editor Jack Lewis has set a high bar in polarizing the readership. Letters to the editor may brim with love or sizzle with hatred, but are never indifferent. Castigated by his editor for routinely doubling his allotted space, this "rider's cut" provides a deeper glimpse into the mind behind "Stoned to the Bone" and "Dancing with the Devil."

Published here for the first time at their original length, this six-pack of stories (including the classic “Riding Home,”) takes you from wide open desert to twisting mountain roads. You’ll get a panoramic view through the writer’s rose-colored visor. Lewis knows why lovers laugh and riders ride, and lays it out here with style and integrity.

More stored energy than a gallon of gas, for about the same money.

Editorial Reviews

Carl Paukstis
Jack Lewis gives us an entertaining, sometimes troubling, peek at his interior dialogs to go along along with his slice-of-life interactions with the alleged real world. Most of us carry on these conversations with ourselves inside our helmets. Some of us, like Jack, can't really decide whether we spend too much time alone - or not enough. Few of us have the depth and breadth of experience that he has to contemplate.
G Tek
I think that for me, knowing what to expect from Jack's writing (as a subscriber to Motorcyclist), the biggest surprise was how much richer his unabridged work presented here was compared to that published in the magazines. You learn that this man is even more of a truly capable writer than you previously thought. One gets a wealth of detail and amusement and poignancy that was stripped from the previously published accounts.
H.M. Lewis
I particularly like the lead essay in this collection, "Riding Home". Jack's writing style is reminiscent of two of my favorite authors, William Gibson and Hunter S. Thompson. He has a way of constructing just the right phrase to evoke an entire emotion or scene, one you've likely experienced yourself. He writes about Idaho back roads and my personal memories of those same highways and places light up in my mind.
...
His writing makes me want to get on my bike and just take off for a few

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012017048
Publisher:
Litsam
Publication date:
01/03/2011
Series:
Coming and Going on Bikes , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
569,703
File size:
439 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Lewis writes adventure articles for Motorcyclist magazine, short stories that have appeared in anthologies and magazines and occasional odd little books from the cultured environs of a battered pine table that he really should move closer to the wood stove in the winter.

A veteran of OIF III and Cold War service in Korea, Lewis never advanced beyond the grade of staff sergeant, but has done other jobs along the way including lineman, busboy, furniture builder, reporter, circuit designer, hotel manager and hardware clerk. With a BA from Washington State University and an MFA from the University of Southern California, what else was he going to do? Actually, this is a serious question. If you have a legitimate job offer, the author would like to hear from you pronto. Writing books is harder than he thought it would be.

Occasional windfalls of fortune have included placement in Andrew Carroll’s anthology Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, nomination for a Pushcart prize and award of the D.B Houston Journalism prize.

Lewis lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with his wife, a variable population of barely manageable children and a couple of remarkably well-behaved dogs. He enjoys a decent cigar now and then, has noticed that his taste in Scotch improves rapidly when you're buying... and thanks you for buying this book.

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Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle (Riding Home) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
J_Deavers More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Mr. Lewis' style for years, ever since my first encounter with him in Motorcyclist. Unfortunately the short form articles I had been exposed to left room for little more than his style. Nonetheless, I was excited to find this collection and purchased it right away. I was thrilled after the first page with the depth I had been longing for along with his signature style. Even his detailed review of Urals, which by rights should be boring as hell, was humorous, genuine, and inspiring.I actually brought up Ural's website afterwards. Wow. Jack reinforces my view of him as the two-wheeled Kerouac in this volume and I can't wait for more.
Gearbox More than 1 year ago
This lad is a wild man, I love reading his stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming And Going On Bikes is a book that I have read and reread, just for the joy of taking a ride down the highway with him. (Especially since I grew up in the "Pacific Northwet" and have been on many roads and visited places he details.)
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