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Here is a brief summary of my internal dialog regarding “Queen of the Road”
– Hey, this book sounds interesting. After all, I really enjoyed that book about the woman and her husband who decided to live on a sailboat for a year, so maybe this book about living on a bus for a year will be similar.
– Oh shoot, she wasn’t kidding about the 200 shoes. I didn’t pay attention to that part of the title. She’s going to be one of those women, isn’t she? I’m going to find her obnoxious and have a hard time reading this
– Hmmm, maybe she isn’t as obnoxious as I thought she would be.
– Hey, this is pretty funny! And poignant! And it actually chronicles her growth as a person!
“Queen of the Road” is the story of homebody psychiatrist Doreen Orion whose outdoorsy, projecty psychiatrist husband convinces her to go on a year long road trip with him in a converted bus/RV. Doreen had been working from home and was the kind of person who would celebrate managing to stay in her pajamas all day. She had become almost a mythical creature around her neighborhood – there were rumors of her existence, but no confirmed sightings. Clearly, not the sort of person who should go on a year-long, cross-country adventure. That being said, Doreen allowed her husband to convince her. She wasn’t always a good sport, but she allowed herself to be push and, I think she would agree, was a better person for it at the end of the trip.
As is evident from my internal dialog, I had some serious reservations towards the beginning of the book. Doreen spent a fair amount of time discussing her admiration of expensive purses and shoes. I like a good purse and pair of shoes as much as the next girl, but I generally prefer not to read about them. I was honestly afraid that I wouldn’t like her any more than I liked the girl in “Rules for Saying Goodbye.” Luckily, right off the bat she wasn’t THAT annoying, and she really grew as a person as a result of the trip. I was very impressed at how much she was able to get in her prior voice (perhaps this is the result of being a trained psychiatrist?). I imagine it would be difficult to let your voice gradually change over the course of writing about a year as you chronicle your personal growth, particularly if you are writing from the perspective of post-trip.
This is a great read for some light summer fun, particularly as a beach or travel (duh) read.
Don’t forget to check out the author’s website, which includes her blog all the way back to when she was on the bus.
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Doreen’s book isn’t about a vacation, but a journey. If you could have an adventure/trip/journey (not a vacation), what would it be? I want to know things like where you would go, how you would get there, what you would do, and who or what you would take with you.
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