The New American Road Trip Mixtape

The New American Road Trip Mixtape

by Brendan Leonard


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When your life plan explodes, you ask yourself the big questions: What do I really need in life? How can I make my life a work of art? Should I buy a house? Have kids? What is a life?

Following in Kerouac and Steinbeck's tire tracks, a 32-year-old, post-breakup Brendan Leonard hits the road in search of healing and a new, post-economic-downturn American Dream. Sleeping in the back of a beat-up station wagon, he seeks answers-and hopefully, the occasional shower-in the postcard-worthy places of the American West.

Part ballad to the romance of the road and part heart-searching treatise on the American Dream, The New American Road Trip Mixtape is Leonard's raw, often hilarious, barstool storytelling at its best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692349236
Publisher: Semi-Rad Media
Publication date: 12/12/2013
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 486,859
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Brendan Leonard's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Outside, Men's Journal, High Country News, Adventure Cyclist and dozens of other publications. He is a contributing editor at Climbing, Adventure Journal, and the podcast The Dirtbag Diaries. He lives mostly out of a 2005 Chevy Astrovan in the western United States. More of his writing can be found at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The road calls to all of us at some point in our lives. This is a book about love, loss and looking for a home. Leonard takes to the road on an extended climbing trip after a painful breakup. As he meets new people along the way and gets to know his old friends better, he sees how "home" looks different for different people, and falls in love with the American West. If you need a little inspiration, or just a good story to get sucked into, I recommend The New American Road Trip Mixtape.