‘Great Northern Express’ by Howard Frank Mosher
In “The Great Northern Express,’’ Howard Frank Mosher embarks on a cross-country book tour, alone in his car, shortly after learning that he has prostate cancer. Mosher’s travel, along with his whimsy and casual approach to life, make for a rollicking travelogue. However, the charm and wit don’t carry us far enough, and the jokes begin to run dry near the middle. Nevertheless, though the book’s focus wobbles a bit, it does offer insight into the pain behind it.