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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477451129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477451120
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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***I really enjoyed this book, which was the chosen book for our Book Club discussion this month. It was funny yet heartbreaking. It made me get up and go hug my children a few times. -Goodreads review

What a quirky, nonsensical, gorgeous, joyful, sad bit of inspiration! And if you can't understand that, then you're in the best position to read this fun novel! -Glenda A. Bixler, Amazon VINE Voice

A delightful book. Four strong women on a wonderful road trip having fun and discovering themselves and dealing with relationships. - Amazon review

"Ms. Zick perfectly balanced the turmoil of personal battle with light-hearted antics, and the story flowed quickly and beautifully." -Literary R&R



". . .a wonderful cavalcade of life--laughter, charming and clever bantering between daughters and mothers, pent up feelings, divorce, wild flings, karaoke, tragedy, emotional and spiritual discoveries, and some tidbits about the history of Route 66, coincidentally known as the Mother Road." -S.R. Mallery, Author of Unexpected Gifts

From the Author

I've always loved road trip books, such as On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I've always loved to travel. Then in 2007, my girlfriend and I hatched the idea of taking a trip down Route 66 all the way from Chicago to L.A. Our daughters, both in their twenties, asked to join us. Off we went on our adventure. The trip was a blast and everything we did seemed to be infused with meaning and serendipity. Of course, I kept a journal about the places we visited, and when I came home I began working on the novel. Even though there are four women (mothers and daughters) who travel together in Live from the Road and the setting is real, the rest is my imagination about what could have happened interspersed with a few sparks from the real trip. I took reality and blew it up as big as the fiberglass giants we saw on the road. I enjoyed writing the book almost as much as taking the trip because Route 66 is a road that writes itself.

More About the Author

P.C. Zick began her writing career in 1998 as a journalist. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She's published five works of fiction and two nonfiction books.

She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. She finds the stories of Florida and its people and environment a rich base for her storytelling platform. Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife - both human and animal - supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.

Her fiction contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. In her novels, she advances the cause for wildlife conservation and energy conservation. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be an author," Ms. Zick says. "I'm honored to be a part of the revolution in writing and publishing."

Customer Reviews

The characters are very real, and the plot is very believable.
Christine M Durkin
They started from Chicago and were heading to L.A., traveling the old Route 66 for as much as they could.
GABixler
Great characters, couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
Mary-joy Brown

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GABixler on January 14, 2013
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What a quirky, nonsensical, gorgeous, joyful, sad bit of inspiration! And if you can't understand that, then you're in the best position to read this fun novel! Plan to laugh, cry, sing, be confused...and amazed at what this author has to say! I'm still not convinced that it did not include an angel character, you know, like Touched by an Angel, by the name of Lollapalooza...even if she did die during the trip...

Trip? Yes, the trip taken by two best friends and their daughters. They started from Chicago and were heading to L.A., traveling the old Route 66 for as much as they could. At first the two friends were going to go, then their daughters decided that they wanted to go, especially, when they learned that there was to be auditions in L.A. if they planned their trip right. CC was a singer; Ramona wanted to be an actress, but also sang... In fact the four all sang and looked for Karaoke bars each night when they stopped...to practice! As well as to give each audience a show they would remember.

Meg narrated most of the story, and kept a journal, naturally, since she was a journalist. She and Sally her best friend had talked about the trip since Meg needed to settle some past issues that she'd been internally hanging on to, including the death of her son. Essentially, she had closed him off inside and was not able to face his loss... And CC had been hurting also, as if losing her mother as well...

As they started, they dressed up their van with Route 66 signs and declared themselves the Road Warriors, with even a solemn (!!!) group hand sharing as they left certain areas...

I have to say, I would love to have been traveling with them!

And others felt the same way!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Mallery on November 19, 2013
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Part Thelma & Louise, part Robin Hood and his band of merry men, part the Pied Piper of Hamlin, P. C. Zick hits a homerun with Live On The Road. The cast of characters starts out with two mothers and their twenty something daughters as they travel across the U. S. on the old Route 66 and ends up including a whole host of interesting, displaced people, longing for adventure alongside these four "Road Warriors". The book is a wonderful cavalcade of life--laughter, charming and clever bantering between the daughters and their moms, pent-up feelings, divorce, wild flings, karaoke, tragedy, emotional and spiritual discoveries, and some tidbits about the history of Route 66, coincidentally known as the "Mother Road". In short, this is an extremely well-written book that, through its very believable characters and vivid descriptions of the beauties they encounter gives you something for everyone, as the group keeps chorusing, "May we always go where we're headed and be content with the journey no matter where it leads!" A thoroughly enjoyable read! Definitely recommended...
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alle Wells on July 8, 2012
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Best friends, Sally and Meg, take a detour in mid-life along Route 66 with their young adult daughters. Meg, who is still mourning over the death of her son, hardly recognizes CC, her grown-up baby girl, when they meet at the airport. Boosted by Sally's optimism and her daughter, Ramona's, enthusiasm and research of the adventures along Route 66, the four women take off on a fun ride that you will not want to miss.

Along the Mother Road, we join an eclectic caravan of colorful characters which include historians, entertainers, cowboys, and mystics. Listen to CC sing her way through the desert and watch Sally plant a deadly kiss on a Coyote. Meg's heart heals when Ramona reveals a well-kept secret. Their journey brings adventure, fulfillment, closure to the past tragedies, and enlightenment for the future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dogs & Horses VINE VOICE on June 30, 2012
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Live From the Road was a pretty good read, I read it at the suggestion of a friend who just loved it. I think there were some excellent characters here - Looza and Slick come to mind first and the former Marine definately. This was a look at four women related by birth and friendship as they traveled down Route 66 and the changes each one undergoes during the trip. It was well written and flowed nicely for the most part. There were a couple of points that I felt were random deviations from the overall point of the story and took away from the existential angst the women were trying to come to grips with. Overall, if you're looking for a feel good, fun romp of a roadtrip, this book probably isn't what you want, but if you want a more indepth view into the lives of four pretty regular women coming to terms with age, loss and love, then Live From The Road is a good pick.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marisella Veiga on May 29, 2012
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This novel is a spirited travel story. It is packed with humor, understanding, and difficult conflicts. What is more, it is sprinkled with insights,love and no love. If you're looking for a fun read that shares nuggets of wisdom, this is the book for you.

My hat goes off to P.C. Zick!
Marisella Veiga
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane Rapp on July 18, 2012
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When I began reading this book, I assumed it might be a travel story about the places visited. Thankfully the engaging story dragged me into the lives of these four women from the first chapter, and I became one of their stragglers on the adventure. Two best friends (Sally and Meg) decide to take a trip along the old Route 66 from Chicago to L.A., and their daughters (Ramona and CC) go along for the ride. Of course the daughters have ulterior motives. They plan to enter a talent contest in L.A. or I'm sure they'd never agree to travel with their moms!

No one expected that this road trip would be more than a pleasant ride through the country. The four women stop at interesting road side attractions, but they also explore their pasts and their relationships during the journey. Their excitement about traveling Route 66 is contagious and the "Road Warriors" eventually attract a caravan of cars that follow them across country. The crazy characters they meet are odd, funny, and absolutely outrageous.

I once traveled with my grown daughter for three months, doing research for a Caribbean guide book. During that trip I saw my daughter as an adult, a woman who I was proud to know. The four women in this book laughed and cried together (many times), told secrets that kept them apart, and examined failed relationships with the men in their lives. It's a well-told story that cuts away the layers to get to the core of personal realities, serious stuff.

Lucky for readers, it's not all serious. We get to watch while they shoot grandpa's ashes off in a bottle rocket, meet Looza, the lady whose husband brought an alligator to bed, and laugh at the "kiss of death.
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