She Rides, by Alenka Vrecek, is a memoir sent to me by my dear friend and bookologist, Stephanie Affinito. Stephanie is amazing at curating book lists for people to help them live their best life, discover something new about themselves, work through personal issues, or simply learn new things. She read this book and immediately thought of me because of my epic adventure riding across the US on a tandem bicycle. (If you didn't know about this adventure, you can read my blog here: http://doublebuttedadventures.wordpress.com)
Alenka's decision to ride from Lake Tahoe to her property in Mexico was different from my own reasons for riding. However, we were both looking to heal ourselves from trauma and make sense of a world that didn't make a lot of sense. Just as importantly, we both succeeded and came out the other side with a greater understanding.
Because I have been on an adventure like this, I spoke to Alenka out loud on many occasions. "NO! Don't ride in the dark!" or "Are you crazy??? You have to take more water than that!" I also laughed with her, cried with her, and agreed with so many of her "ah-ha" moments, especially when she comes to understand that people are generally good. That was one of my biggest takeaways from our trip.
Even if you are not a cyclist or even an adventure seeker, I think you will get a lot from her words. We all need to heal, explore, and understand. She Rides will help you do all three.
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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