Educations of Wandering Men

Encouraged by Louis L'Amour's call to become a "wandering reader," I discovered three titles that offer adventure and the kinship of wonderful storytellers.

At the age of 15, L'Amour left school and made the world his classroom. In Education of A Wandering Man, he shares, "The greatest gift anyone can give to another is the desire to know, to understand...Life is for delving, discovering, learning."

In The Names, N. Scott Momaday provides an autobiographical account of his ancestors and life on the reservation. "Now as I look back on that long landscape of the Jemez Valley, it seems to me that I have seen much of the world....But what I see now is this: If I could hear at evening the wagons in the river road and the voices of children playing in the cornfields, or if in the sunrise I should see the long shadows running out to the would again be all that I could hold in my heart."

Querencia by Stephen Bodio is a love story not to be missed. Bodio, a sportsman and Bostonian, recounts his love affair with New Mexico and Betsy Huntington. He writes, "If I ever stop drinking it will be because of lost memories. But we lose them anyway; how can we know, at the time that precede conscious decision, that we are at some point in which every word and gesture must change our lives irrevocably?"

Wander along with these fine writers for "upon the shelves of our libraries, the world's greatest teachers await our questions."

Written by Laurie. on January 25, 2011

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