Talk about your page-turners. Adam Shepherd stepped off a bus in South Carolina with literally $25 and a sleeping bag. His plan was to end the year with $2,500 in savings, a furnished apartment and a working car.
He pulled it off in six months, then went on to self-publish this book, sell 10,000 copies, and land a book deal with Collins. I give you Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream.
I have to say, the kid's crazy. And he's not a great writer. But what GONADS. And to pull off such an amazing experiment in order to document something in which you believe -- that has my applause.
What struck me most about Shepherd's writing was it so clearly echoed what must be his personality -- a mixture of laser focus with an endearing earnestness that made me both fear him and want to take him home and feed him some chocolate cake. I read this book on two plane rides - it was a total page-turner. I recommend it for anyone who's lost faith in the American dream.