OPEN HOUSE EVENT! Rinker Buck will discuss The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Rinker Buck will discuss his life and his New Hardcover The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, accompanied by a Multimedia Presentation about his amazing true story.  This is a Complimentary OPEN HOUSE Multimedia Author Event!  The trail of adventure starts here!

The Adventure of a Lifetime!  This is a Complimentary OPEN HOUSE Event!  Adults & Children of all ages are Invited!

 C-SPAN2 Book TV will record this Multimedia Author Event for future Broadcast! 

Read The New York Times rave Review that says of Rinker Buck:
"Good company on the page, and you root for him."
and of The Oregon Trail:
"A form of happiness sought, and happiness found."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rinker Buck began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Life, and many other publications, and his stories have won the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is the author of the acclaimed memoirs Flight of Passage and First Job. He lives in northwest Connecticut.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From "a virtuoso storyteller in a very American vein" (Phillip Lopate), The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way--in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn't been attempted in a century--which also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West--scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history--it united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten.

Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, was hailed by The New Yorker as "a funny, cocky gem of a book," and with The Oregon Trail he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life. Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Buck was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska, chase runaway mules across the Wyoming plains, scout more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, cross the Rockies, and make desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water. The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself. They also must reckon with the ghost of their father, an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature death, many years earlier, has haunted them both ever since.

But The Oregon Trail is much more than an epic adventure. It is also a lively and essential work of history that shatters the comforting myths about the trail years passed down by generations of Americans. Buck introduces readers to the largely forgotten roles played by trailblazing evangelists, friendly Indian tribes, female pioneers, bumbling US Army cavalrymen, and the scam artists who flocked to the frontier to fleece the overland emigrants. Generous portions of the book are devoted to the history of old and appealing things like the mule and the wagon. We also learn how the trail accelerated American economic development. Most arresting, perhaps, are the stories of the pioneers themselves--ordinary families whose extraordinary courage and sacrifice made this country what it became. At once a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime. It is a wildly ambitious work of nonfiction from a true American original. It is a book with a heart as big as the country it crosses.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Rinker Buck will discuss his New Book The Oregon Trail and answer audience questions, accompanied by a Multimedia Presentation.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Rinker Buck will Author Autograph Hardcovers of The Oregon Trail purchased from Rainy Day Books before or at this Event.

OPEN HOUSE EVENT:  This Event is a Complimentary OPEN HOUSE Event!  Bring your children, your students, your friends.  The trail of adventure starts here!  This once-in-a-lifetime Author Event is the story of a once-in-this-lifetime adventure.  We hope that this amazing story will inspire a new generation of adventurers to explore our world with fresh eyes.  One day perhaps, one of them will write a book about it.


Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck.

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