The trailer for author Brad Herzog’s new travel memoir, Turn Left at the Trojan Horse — A Would-Be Hero’s American Odyssey (read an excerpt here). A modern-day Odysseus in Kerouac clothing, Herzog plunges into a solo cross-country search for insight. With middle age bearing down on him, he takes stock: How has he measured up to his own youthful aspirations? In contemporary America, what is a life well lived? Or even a heroic life?

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