Colby Buzzell has always been a loner. Overwhelmed by the death of his mother and the birth of his son, Buzzell found himself more adrift than ever. To regain his balance, he packed his things, got in the car and, for five months, drove across America—no map, no phone, no destination. Buzzell’s road trip took him through the bowels of a country steeped in economic turmoil and political malaise. Saturated with drugs and booze, Buzzell visits big box stores, grimy gas stations, abandoned warehouses, strip clubs, flophouses. Capturing the distinct voices and vivid stories of a forgotten America—from Cheyenne, Wyoming; Omaha, Nebraska; Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; San Francisco’s Tenderloin District—Buzzell cuts through superficial notions of “the state of the union” to reveal the beautiful, stark reality of America’s bones. And like the listless veterans of Hemingway’s “Lost Generation,” Buzzell struggles to reconcile his wanderlust with his responsibilities as a man and a father. At the same time that it reveals the ravages of war on one individual, this edgy and open memoir also reveals deep truths about ourselves and the universal struggle to make sense of a world without a map.
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