Like many kids, I marveled at the boyhood adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as I read these classic American novels. I remember being shocked at the brutal nature of the times, the violence, alcoholism and racism that put my comfortable life into sharp perspective. But still, these books sparked a curiosity and wanderlust in me that I’m forever thankful to Mr.Twain for.
Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens, and his life was just as colorful and chaotic as those of his most famous characters. Born shortly after an appearance of Halley’s Comet, he predicted that he would