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Looking Within: A Man's Journey to Find Himself (LW) is the coming of age story of a 21st-century beatnik, Jake. Jake is from Kearney, Nebraska, and he fails out of the University of Nebraska, Kearney. He moves back into his divorced mother's home, and he incessantly fights with her. He has a gut-wrenching fight with her one night and runs away by hitching a ride. He gets picked up by Joey, an older man. Initially the atmosphere in the car is silent, and the book is largely Jake's internal dialogue regarding his choice to leave Nebraska as well as regarding his search for a life-path. Conversations between Jake and Joey begin as their bohemian road trip continues, and those conversations gradually unfold into sessions of dialectic. LW is the tale of Jake's "find yourself" phase, and he explores Eastern philosophies in his search. Jake lives on the road for a couple of weeks to the perfectly punctuate his search for his identity. Jake's life lacks direction, but his search helps him choose a direction. Jake is inspired to build a plan for his life through his experiences on this trip, in particular by books he reads and by a girl he meets. Jake chooses to return home in Nebraska. Joey drives to the correct house without directions other than being told where to exit the highway. How does he know which house?!

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