On the Road is by Jack Kerouac. This American classic is one that everyone should read. It seems a little dated at times, being written in the late 1950s, but it is still a wonderful look at individuals who don't quite fit in to "normal" societal roles. It is no wonder this novel was the bible of the Beat movement. This is the story of Sal Paradise and his friends. He is convinced by his buddy Dean Moriarty to head out and see the country. This "travelogue" takes him across America several times and even down into Mexico. It is a stunning look at the misfits of American culture from an insiders point of view. "Definitely one of the 1001 books you must read before you die." If nothing else, it will make you glad you missed those rollicking days of sex, drugs, booze, and jazz; but it's still fun to go there vicariously.
Ratings: Adult - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).