Speaking Volumes: Paige McKenzie

Nov 5, 2012

Paige McKenzie, from Penn Hills, is a fan of travel writing and memoirs.

 Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailAuthor Strayed traces the personal crisis she endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.-NPR Gideon Lewis-Kraus, A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the HopefulTraces the author's wayward participation in three pilgrimages as part of a personal quest to resolve differences between his disciplinary skills and desires, an effort that illuminated a family mystery and gave him a greater sense of purpose.-NPR James Baldwin, Giovanni's RoomConsidered an 'audacious' second novel, GIOVANNI'S ROOM is set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence. This now-classic story of a fated love triangle explores, with uncompromising clarity, the conflicts between desire, conventional morality and sexual identity.-Penguin