Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

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ECW Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
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A bold narrative written by a man trying to stay alive by staying on the move. Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart suffered family losses so devastating that they left him a ghost -- physically a man but with nothing inside: no hope, meaning, faith, or desire to keep living. One year after the first tragedy, Neil was choosing between life and his own death. Finally, all he could decide was motion. He got on his BMW R1100GS motorcycle, and over the next 14 months, rode 55,000 miles, in search of a reason to live. On a journey of escape, exile, and exploration, he travelled from Quebec to Alaska, down the Canadian and American coasts and western regions, to Mexico and Belize, and finally back to Quebec. While riding "the Healing Road," Neil recorded in his journals his progress and setbacks in the grieving/healing process, and the pain of constantly reliving his losses. He also recorded with dazzling, colourful, entertaining, and moving artistry, the enormous range of his travel adventures, from the mountains to the sea, from the deserts to Arctic ice, and the dozens of memorable people, characters, friends, and relatives he met along the way, and who increasingly contributed to his healing and sense of meaning and purpose. He begins the journey with nothing, "the Ghost Rider." What he finally attains is joy, love, and indelible memories of the most extraordinary journey of his life. Ghost Rider is a bold, brilliantly written, intense, exciting, and ultimately triumphant narrative memoir from a gifted writer and musician, who started out as a man reduced to trying to stay alive by staying on the move. 2002 Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize finalist. Over 80,000 copies sold. Globe & Mail and bestseller.

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Good book and easy to read. - Goodreads
His insights into grief are spot on. - Goodreads
Good: Neil's writing style is wonderful. - Goodreads
Like grief it was at times repetitive and never ending. - Goodreads
I love Neils talent as a drummer and a writer. - Borders
That being said, the writing is not Pearts best. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Anne-Marie Klein - Goodreads

Sometimes a book comes along just when you need it to. You turn the first few pages and it grips you, refusing to let go. More than eight weeks ago, Neil Peart's “Ghost Rider: Travels On the Healing ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I'm not sure what the enjoyment level would be for anyone who isn't a fan of Rush, the band for which the author is the drummer. For those who are, and know that he is also the poet and lyricist of ... Read full review

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Kevin J. Anderson is a bestselling science fiction author of over 125 novels, including numerous books in the Dune, Star Wars, X-Files, Superman and Batman universes. His original work includes the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Hellhole trilogy (with Brian Herbert), and the Saga of Shadows. He has written comics for Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, and others. His first novel, Resurrection, Inc., was inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure. Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist for the rock group Rush and the author of Far and Near, Ghost Rider, Roadshow, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, and Far and Away. Anderson and Peart are working on a companion novel Clockwork Lives

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