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Summary

From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.

On the eve of turning 30, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next 16 months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.

In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and exotic locales, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home.

A soul-stirring book for the dreamer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.

©2018 Jedidiah Jenkins (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Jenkins’ words are brutally honest and leave me thinking a little deeper about my own observations when I pass a stranger on a street or see a flower blooming on a rocky trail." (Outside Magazine)

“Jedidiah Jenkins is a storyteller. He’s also an adventurer, a connoisseur of good pourovers, an avid Instagram user, a startup co-founder, and one of those humans that makes everything about them seem inviting.” (USA Today)

“This is much more than a book about a bike ride. This is a deep soul deepening us. Jedidiah Jenkins is a mystic disguised as a millennial.” (Tom Shadyac, author of Life’s Operating Manual)

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love it. amazing.<br />

loved it. stared from the beginning again as soon as I finished it. excellent stuff.

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An inspiring odyssey

I stumbled across this book without knowing about the instagram hype. I enjoyed listening to every second. He writes his journey well and has a voice that was made for narrating an adventure. The story explores and ambles well. It got me thinking about different lives, opportunities and struggles to my own and made me want to expand out of my comfort zone. The fact his adventure didn't come from a hardened explorer, equipment heavy or high budget made it easier to feel inspired. I would listen again and probably just pick up at different points to enjoy the travel descriptions.

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love it. amazing.<br />

loved it. stared from the beginning again as soon as I finished it. excellent stuff.

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An inspiring odyssey

I stumbled across this book without knowing about the instagram hype. I enjoyed listening to every second. He writes his journey well and has a voice that was made for narrating an adventure. The story explores and ambles well. It got me thinking about different lives, opportunities and struggles to my own and made me want to expand out of my comfort zone. The fact his adventure didn't come from a hardened explorer, equipment heavy or high budget made it easier to feel inspired. I would listen again and probably just pick up at different points to enjoy the travel descriptions.