Notes from the Road
In Notes from the Road, the debut book from Mike Ingram, a writing professor from Philadelphia makes a week-long car trip across America, where he finds space to reflect on his middle-aged life — and Life. (And America, and writing, and everything else.) Heavy, right? While the book possesses the gravity of serious reflection, it’s actually an ethereal pleasure, filled with humor, insight, and imaginative connections between past and present, Nature and humanity, solitude and love. Ingram’s prose voice is spare and unadorned, delightfully easy to engage. Honest. Real. Immensely likeable. Exactly the kind of companion you’d like on a long trip. Notes is a little book — about the size of your hand — composed in short chapters, many of them a page or less. But its impact is large, leaving the reader wanting more, hoping the journey continues.