To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

New York Times bestseller - "Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth." --Cheryl Strayed 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 thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't cho New York Times bestseller - "Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth." --Ch...

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Title:To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
Author:Jedidiah Jenkins
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:1524761389
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret Reviews

  • Kelli
    Nov 25, 2018
    What a journey! I loved reading about it. Would definitely give a 4.5. Maybe not mind-blowing for me, but I enjoyed reading. I love Jedidiah?s writing...definitely worth a follow on Instagram. It was fun to follow his journey there and read more details in this memoir. Thanks to my s...
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    Nov 04, 2018
    I thought this was going to be quite different to what it was. I brought a lot of expectation to it, probably quite unfairly, and it didn't/couldn't deliver. Essentially I wanted it to be Wild by Cheryl Strayed but more Gary Snyder-esque. I wanted it to be a Buddhist , spiritual nature...
  • Jenwhitson
    Aug 20, 2018
    I devoured this book. It has left me with a lot of feelings. I first found Jed on Instagram a year or so ago and quickly became obsessed with his adventure pics and the thoughtful, vulnerable vignettes he posted with them. I wanted to read this book bc I love him and trusted that his w...
  • Ajay
    Oct 08, 2018
    I may return to this at some point in the future, but for the moment I won't be finishing this book. Jenkins is a good writer, but the story isn't as interesting as a it should be, it's just.... fine. ...
  • Roxana Barnett
    Oct 10, 2018
    I really wanted to love this book. I followed his travels on Instagram. I enjoyed his interviews. I love a good travelogue. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but by the second half I was ready for it to be done. Good for him for taking this journey, but he?s just not that interes...
  • Joe
    Nov 12, 2018
    To Shake the Sleeping Self is a masterpiece. It's a road trip narrative, a story about a young man coming terms with his conservative upbringing and sexuality, and a disquieting look at our expectation toward travel. Approaching his 30th birthday with a sense of mounting dread, Jedi...
  • Allison
    Aug 31, 2018
    I was very excited for this book, but found it to be pretty repetitive. I?ve followed Jed?s Instagram for a long time, and have loved many of the things he has written there. While there was some of that in this book, it was definitely not a favorite. It was a great picture of goin...
  • Erika
    Nov 12, 2018
    Fourteen thousand miles. The scope of a trip that long, on bicycle, is almost unfathomable. I started following Jenkins on Instagram back in 2014 when he was about half-way through his bicycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia, a trip that covered the West Coast of the United States, Mex...
  • Sabrina
    Nov 28, 2018
    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to devour it and underline all the sentences. I've followed Jed on Instagram for years, and his captions and musings on life sometimes leave me feeling shaken. I went into this with maybe, too high of an expectation. I will say that I think it go...
  • Matthew
    Oct 07, 2018
    2.5 stars. this is a memoir about doing something worth writing a memoir about. jed's a fine writer, but his point of view is a too benign for a travelogue. good for him for taking on such an audacious adventure, for growing as a person, for working out his faith, but, if he's presenti...
  • Morgan
    Oct 12, 2018
    I wanted to read this slower to enjoy it longer, but I just couldn?t put it down. Such a beautifully written story that felt so true to my own heart. I highly recommend reading this, especially if you have experienced faith questions. ...
  • Nadeen Talbot
    Oct 29, 2018
    What an honor it was to catch a glimpse inside Jed?s mind. This book shook my world. It helped reshape my values, deconstruct my views on my career and reevaluate all aspects of my life. Jed?s become a huge hero of mine over the past couple of years and this book added a layer of d...
  • Katy Ann
    Oct 25, 2018
    Jed was lost in the hum drum of following societal social roles and rules. Jed embarks on a personal pilgrimage in search of self. Jed reaches the physical destination of his journey and concludes that life has no final cosmic reveal. A book without a meaty center. It will no...
  • Patrick
    Dec 09, 2018
    Part travelogue, part rumination, I can't help thinking that it lacks purpose. It's kind of a book, written for no clear purpose, about a trip, taken for no clear purpose. While the writing itself is crisp and clear, it lacks the liveliness of having a real reason for being. There's...
  • Annelie
    Oct 08, 2018
    3.5* I was so excited to finally have this book in hand, to finally read all about this epic quest bicycle ride from Oregon to Patagonia by a writer I love from Instagram. And Jedidiah?s beautiful writing was there. The trip was adventurous, he describes his reflections, on both ...
  • Nikki
    Jul 30, 2018
    Disclosure - I received this book as a promotion, through Crown Publishing and PRH, and Jed's social media promotion team. THANK YOU! Now to the important part. You NEED to read this book. To begin, I followed Jed on Instagram during his bike ride from Oregon to Patagonia, so I...
  • Chelsie Leigh
    Nov 20, 2018
    Don?t want to be completely negative because some people might really like this, but it just wasn?t for me. I did enjoy the scenery descriptions, Jed?s travel buddy Wes was a very interesting character as well as the random people they met along the way. That said, Jed is a ma...
  • Warren Hamilton
    Oct 17, 2018
    I received an advance copy of this book through promotional means, and failed to start it in time to finish prior to it's official release. Having finished it, I can say that I am extraordinarily envious of Jed and his travels. I am also envious of his accessibility and the ease of ...
  • Liz Schomber
    Nov 05, 2018
    I first found Jed on Instagram and loved his travel posts. I loved the voice he gave to the people and places he was traveling to. His posts always seemed so raw and real. I expected the same from his book. In most ways I got that, it did feel lacking in some ways and dare I say seemed...
  • Samantha Xol
    Nov 29, 2018
    I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, I was initially drawn to it because of the same interest I had in Cheryl Strayed's Wild (as I know many were). This sort of rugged adventure quest in the name of self-discovery through travel is always intriguing to me. I gu...
  • Meg
    Dec 01, 2018
    Really more of a 3.5 but the rating system doesn't allow for that. ...
  • Bryan
    Oct 30, 2018
    I don't really know how I could rate this as anything other than five stars. Or how anyone could, really. I mean what, you rate it one star because you don't like bicycles or something? In general I have a hard time giving low ratings to biographies (on the condition that they are well...
  • Dasha Ivanova
    Nov 15, 2018
    After I listened to a podcast episode with Jedidiah, I got so excited to read the book. And while reading it, I was trying to convince myself that the book was ok, that it would say me something interesting. But it didn't. No interesting ideas, even the language is boring and not what ...
  • Isabella
    Oct 16, 2018
    Jedidiah Jenkins became famous when his bike journey from Oregon to Patagonia got promoted by the Instagram official account. "To Shake the Sleeping Self" is the long form story of that trip. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is that it raises questions about modern story...
  • Kate
    Dec 09, 2018
    I had SUCH mixed feelings about this book. I read the author's dad's book, A Walk Across America, in high school and liked it a lot, and I picked this one up without realizing initially that the author was Peter Jenkins' son. It was fascinating to read about Jedidiah Jenkins' upbringin...
  • Amanda Dahl
    Aug 15, 2018
    Does the travel bug bite hard when you see glamorous snapshots or read about an amazing adventure somewhere far, far away? Jedidiah Jenkins can offer you that - and something more. A raw, authentic glimpse into how travel may not have all the answers, but it can introduce you to the ri...
  • Elizabeth
    Nov 25, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book and what the author experienced through this time in his life. Highly recommend ...
  • Fiona Bledsoe
    Jul 29, 2018
    First of all, a huge and gracious thanks to Jed and the team at Crown Publishing, PRH, and so on ? to every finger and every inspiration responsible for the publishing of this book. I patiently awaited this story for five years. At the time that Jedidiah announced that he was goi...
  • Stewart Tunstall
    Nov 24, 2018
    I had been looking forward to this book for ages after following Jed on Instagram and really enjoying his writing, and it didn't disappoint. I saw myself so many times in this book, yet I've never gone on a 16 month cross-continental cycling adventure nor have I visited any of the plac...
  • Callie Sokoloski
    Nov 17, 2018
    Dammit, Jed. He did it again. Put words to paper that have me reaching for my highlighter every ten minutes. Jed is one of my all time favorite writers - I mean that sincerely. His main writing medium is Instagram, so we get his words in dribs and drabs. I couldn?t wait to read a ful...