If racing from Beijing (Peking) to Paris in an antique automobile sounds like a nightmare to you, then Bennett will be the perfect guide. Where travel memoirists tend toward the intrepid adventurer, Bennett is another sort altogether. She gets car sick. She stresses about having to read a map. She surveys her fellow racers with the emotional maturity of a high-schooler, desperately wanting to be part of the “cool crowd.” At times, she’s every bit as annoying as anyone would be after spending day after mind-numbing day riding in a perpetually broken-down car across relentlessly not-at-all-scenic terrain. If the reader, like Bennett, expects to encounter colorful characters along the way, she will, like Bennett, be disappointed to learn that she actually spends a disproportionate amount of time in auto-repair shops. But, ultimately, the race accomplishes what Bennett had hoped: she grows closer to her husband, Bernard, as they become completely dependent on each other in their two-person bubble. She even discovers a love of the road, proving it’s all about the journey, not the destination. --Patty Wetli
Selected as one of the top ten travel books for Spring 2013
. (Publishers Weekly)Readers are giving a five-star rating:
"Funny, scary and highly entertaining."
"...[T]his intrepid traveler... exposes her emotional self with raw honesty."
"I loved this book..."
"[A] travel memoir that truly captures the stomach-twisting anxiety and elevating high of going on a trip."
“Selected as a top 10 Travel Book of Spring 2013 by Publishers Weekly.”
“Her [Bennett’s] writing captures the beauty of the austere landscape, changing social dynamics with other teams and the nuances of her shifting relationship with her husband. A fun ride, worth the trip.” (Kirkus Reviews