This is one of those books that takes you aback as you dig into it for the simple reason that true experience does indeed soundly trump fiction at times. Shattered by the deaths of his daughter and wife, Neil Peart (drummer/lyricist of Rush) is left with no hope, meaning, or faith in his life. Dazed and reeling yet still managing to swing a leg over his trusty R1100GS, he heads out on a fifty-five thousand mile, fourteen-month odyssey of healing and self-discovery that takes him across large portions of the continent, constantly bedeviled by painful memories of his loss and emptiness. Driven by will and a deep reluctance to turn back to – what?, he eventually finds reconciliation and peace, as well as a fresh start that we won’t spoil here. In short, quite a tale, told by a talented writer and flush with entertaining and at times moving scenes from his adventures. By Neil Peart. Softbound, 6"×9", 460 pp., no illus.