Go West, Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail


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$19.95  $18.55
Bison Books
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7.7 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

B.J. Hollars is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of numerous books, including Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country (Nebraska, 2019) and The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders.


"Go West, Young Man is a sweet read, part memoir, part history, part awakening--both for Henry and for his dad."--Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune-- (8/27/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"The Oregon Trail was once firmly woven into America's idea of itself due in part to chroniclers like Francis Parkman, who lit out in 1846 with horse and mule cart 'on a tour of curiosity and amusement.' More than a century and a half later, B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son embark in a rented vehicle along the same westward route and with the same intention. In this mock adventure, father and son endure prairie swales and cyclonic winds, KOAs and interpretive centers, and self-inflicted dad jokes--all to answer this country's most enduring question: Who are we?"--John Hildebrand, author of Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River
"Hollars resists easy ideas and easy answers, but the insights that he does reach are presented effectively and compellingly. . . . Go West, Young Man asks big questions about the multiplicity of American identities and narratives, and offers us a view toward how a father and son can answer them."--Colin Rafferty, author of Execute the Office and Hallow This Ground
"[Go West, Young Man] offers readers an enjoyable and highly readable vicarious adventure while seated by their firesides."--Michael J. Smith, Nebraska History