Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
By Bruce Weber
(Scribner, $26)

As an obituary writer for The New York Times, Bruce Weber has a heightened awareness that, at some point, the bell tolls for us all. Nearly 21 years after crossing the country by bicycle and chronicling it for the newspaper, the 57-year-old saddles up again for a sequel to test his mettle and jog his memories. Throughout the 79-day journey, he pedals through pain and rain and ponders where life has taken him. His poignant and humorous travelogue is a touching testament to human endurance — a reminder that we can overcome obstacles, not just on a singular road trip but on the road of life as well.