Praise for GOING SOMEWHERE


“Vibrant and engrossing, with wonderful portraits of Western landscapes and scruffy small towns, Job-like ordeals of gusty headwinds and breakdowns, and piquant portraits of kindly, parental folks who offer the cyclists food and shelter.” — Publishers Weekly

“Brian Benson’s memoir about riding from the hinterlands of Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon on his bicycle is as poignant as it is gripping, as hilarious as it is wise. GOING SOMEWHERE is a tender, sexy, take-it-with-you-everywhere-you-go-until-you’ve-read-the-last-page beauty of a book.” — Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author of WILD, TORCH and TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

“Brian’s brutal self-analysis would be riveting even if he never left his parents’ bathroom. That his book involves a cross-country bike trip is really just a bonus.” — Yuvi Zalkow, author of A BRILLIANT NOVEL IN THE WORKS

“Rather than weaken the memoir, [Benson’s] openness strengthens it, transforming it from one young man’s story to something simultaneously more personal and more universal… We, too, are inspired to go somewhere.” — BookPage.com

“Benson writes in a charming, “you-are-there” manner… He is a gifted writer, an observant human with an eye for the telling detail and how to tell of it.” — Booklist

“An utterly addictive read… You won’t be able to tear yourself away from this sharp-eyed, hilarious memoir.” — Powell’s.com

“Propulsive… surprisingly contemplative.” — The Capital Times (Madison)

”Deep, relatable, and laugh-out-loud funny… Even if you’ve never owned a bicycle, the travel anecdotes and bigger love story make this book one you’ll hate to put down.” — Blue Ridge Outdoors (Asheville)