Good reading for easy riders.



Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World's Largest Motorcycle Rally

By Thomas G. Endres


Sturgis, South Dakota, has about 7,000 residents, but tens of thousands of bikers show up at the start of each August. Endres captures who they are -- Christian bikers, white-collar execs, grandparents, gang members, etc. -- and why they come in a series of incredible photographs and fascinating biographical sketches.



Hell's Angel : The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

By Sonny Barger with Keith Zimmerman


Barger, the septuagenarian founder of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, gives an insider's view into the secretive world of motorcycle gangs; how he started his world-famous organization in Oakland, California; it's surprisingly sweeping cultural impact; and how the Angels have helped change the Harley-Davidson brand.



Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values 

By Robert Pirsig


This 1974 bestseller follows a father and son on a summer motorcycling trip that takes them on a philosophical and physical journey. Their relationship with each other and with themselves changes dramatically throughout the journey, and motorcycle maintenance becomes a way to combine the mystery of religion and science.



The Perfect Vehicle: What It IS About Motorcycles

By Melissa Holbrook Pierson


Riding a motorcycle may be the closest thing you come to death, but that doesn't stop around seven million Americans from riding them. Pierson's musings-- about the fellowship of female riders, pre-ride rituals, rides in the rain, etc. -- convey just why devotees of the machine keep themselves dialed in to the riding life.



Harley Davidson Ride Atlas of North America

By Rand McNally


This saddlebag-sized atlas comes packed with motorcycle-friendly maps (with special on-map notations of Harley dealers) and lists of resources for riders out on the open road as well as different motorcycle laws for each state. The atlas also includes highly detailed trip plans for 25 scenic rides across North America.


July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).