5.5 X 8.5 trade paperback
States of Mind Collection - book 1
author: Brad Herzog
BOOK 1 OF THE STATES OF MIND COLLECTION
Detour 2020Can you find love in Love, Virginia? Is there inspiration in Inspiration, Arizona? Wisdom in Wisdom, Montana? It is 1995, and young author Brad Herzog wonders if the cynicism of his generation reflects America or merely misjudges it. So he and his wife empty their bank accounts, pack everything into a Winnebago and set a course for the fine print of the atlas.
The road takes them to Triumph, Louisiana, where they find a community twice destroyed by hurricanes and twice rebuilt. In Justice, West Virginia, half the population descends from the Hatfields and McCoys. Faith, South Dakota is a hailstorm, a grasshopper plague and a religious debate. Harmony, California is up for sale.
What began as a literal search for the small places on the map becomes a figurative examination of virtues lost amid disillusionment. Equal parts whimsy and wonder, STATES OF MIND eloquently reminds us that large insight is the amalgam of small discoveries.
PRAISE FOR STATES OF MIND:
“STATES OF MIND is a wonderful surprise, superbly written and inspirational… resists trendiness and will stand with Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley as a rare road-trip book to endure.” — Orlando Sentinel
“Brad Herzog is blessed with an innovative spirit, creative mind, persistence in pinpointing the heart of the issue, and skill in applying his reflections to paper.” — Houston Chronicle
“A terrifically capable writer, styled with a dash of Paul Theroux and a dollop of Tom Wolfe… Herzog’s prose is facile and satisfying, often times stunning.” — Ithaca Times
“Following loosely in the footsteps of John Steinbeck… he’s an insightful observer, with a mature voice and compelling take on the soul of the country today.” — Asbury Park Press
"Herzog's books are emerging as the new classics of American travel writing." — American Book Review