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"This is an absolutely spellbinding read...I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this!"
--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author, When Elephants Weep and The Assault On Truth 
    


Excerpt from thehairpin.com. Edith Zimmerman: So, Diana, you drove a motorcycle from New York to Alaska a few years ago, as we all do from time to time. Question one: Whaaat!!
Diana Bletter
: I thought the same thing the whole time I was riding. I'm still convinced that a stunt woman who looks just like me rode the bike. I was terrified some of the time. About 99 percent of the time. One of my husband Jonny's friends, this tough motorcycling dude whom I call Mr. X, sat me down before I left and said, "You'll never make it." So, I had to prove him wrong. I couldn't not do it.

"The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle is a wonderful story....the dialogue was impeccable, the landscape descriptions interspersed deftly with the action of the plot, and the descriptions of hunger and bathroom breaks and the sweat and the cold and the hairy legs and stops for haircuts and all the rest made it a touching and very real human experience to read and savor." Bertha Shipley 

"Author Diana Bletter has written a book about her trip to Alaska on her motorcycle.  The best part of The Mom Who Took Off on her Motorcycle is her passion for telling her story.  This is a riveting account of a personal adventure many would not even think about undertaking.  Full of observations and humor, this story of a 10,000-mile-journey is the inspiring tale of how one woman takes off to discover who she was before she had children and to find out who she could still become." - Publisher's Weekly  

"Besides being a travel adventure/memoir, the book is also a love story about two people who suddenly find themselves very much together. Whether it was a mid-life crisis or a yearning for adventure...when Diana Bletter decided she needed to get away, she did it in style..." - The Jerusalem Post

From the Author

Writing has always been something I've loved. When I was in sixth grade, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated. I wrote a poem about it and my sixth grade teacher sent it in to a local newspaper. It was published and I was hooked!
I've worked as a journalist for a variety of newspapers and magazines--covering stories as diverse as walking on a glacier for The New York Times to writing about an alleged bomb in my shoe box for Glamour Magazine.
The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle was a labor of love for me. I poured my heart into it. I wanted to share my experience riding a motorcycle from New York to Alaska and back again to motivate readers to try to fulfill their own dreams, however crazy or risky they seem.
I'm delighted when people tell me that the way I have lived my dreams has inspired them to pursue their own.

I now understand that each of us tells a story with our lives. And each of us has to be the hero of our own life's story. I wrote it all down in the hope that readers will begin their own journeys. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kent & Cordell (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985343206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985343200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

National Jewish Book Award Finalist Diana Bletter is the author of the novel A REMARKABLE KINDNESS (William Morrow/HarperCollins) forthcoming in August 2015. The novel is the intertwined stories of four American women who are members of a burial circle in a small beach village in northern Israel. As they participate in this ancient, powerful ritual for the dead, they come to understand what it means to truly be alive.
Diana Bletter's writing has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, HUFFINGTON POST, TABLETMAG.ORG, COMMENTARY MAGAZINE, THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, and has been anthologized.
Diana's first book, THE INVISIBLE THREAD: A PORTRAIT OF JEWISH AMERICAN WOMEN, (in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Her self-published memoir, THE MOM WHO TOOK OFF ON HER MOTORCYCLE, has been featured in THE JERUSALEM POST and THEHAIRPIN.COM.
Find out more about Diana Bletter's writing at www.dianabletter.com, where her blog features interviews with writers including Tatiana DeRosnay, Dara Horn, Molly Antopol, Claire Cook and others. The blog is about writing--and living--your best chapter.
Diana lives in northern Israel with her husband and their children where she is active in a Christian-Druze-Jewish-Muslim women's group. Diana is also a member of the burial circle in her village.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on February 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are looking for inspiration to go on a reckless adventure, figure out who you really are, ponder your purpose in life, test the limits of your marriage, or push the boundaries of your comfort zone, this book is for you. If you want to learn about subjects ranging from motorcycles to the history of small Alaskan towns, this book is also for you. The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle is an all-around gripping read -- part travel essay, part self-discovery tale, and part love story, there's something here for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Mann on March 23, 2013
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"The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, " vividly describes the ups and downs of Diana Bletter's emotional and physical 10,000 mile journey on the road to Alaska with her husband. Diana portrays the mental and physical challenges she faced with honesty, wit and humor. A good read for everyone, with special appeal for anyone who enjoys reminiscing about, is in the middle of or contemplating a turning point in his/her life. I was captivated by Diana's account of the history and scenery along the way as well as her personal revelations on this trip of self discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this road trip, mile by mile, 'vicariously' through Diana's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2013
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The ancient philosopher Seneca once said, "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
Seneca had a very good understanding of what makes life difficult for most people - our inability to step out of our comfort zones and embark on a journey of discovery to find who we are, why we are here and what is truly important to us.

Diana Bletter has written a wonderful memoir of her journey of self-discovery in the book titled - The Mom Who Took Off on Her Motorcycle. Diana is certainly not your ordinary soccer mom. She had lived a very full and adventerous life prior to embarking on a 10,000 plus mile journey on a motorcycle ride from New York to Alaska and back. This was her maiden voyage on a motorcycle. She had a very few brief lessons prior to undertaking such a long and challenging trip. Her husband was her only riding companion.

The primary story is about the trip with all the beauty and all the challenges - it is seems like there were more challenges than beauty. But scattered throughout the story, Diana fills us in on her own life story. She tells us how she grew up in New York and later moved to Israel. She shares the story of meeting and falling in love with her second husband - Jonny. Like most people she spends some time each day thinking of the past, speculating about the future and wondering why she is here.

For Diana, the purpose of the trip is one of discovery. Not of Canada or Alaska but one of looking deep into her soul - searching for the meaning of life. She is constantly plagued with fear. This would be an extremely challenging ride for an experienced biker. It is even more so for a novice biker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2014
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I felt like I was a silent companion on this amazing journey. There were a few scenes that terrified me and then others made me laugh out loud.
The book engaged me on so many levels. It's a travelogue of country I may never see, and it's also an honest, inspiring journey through Diana's inner landscape.
I may never travel to Alaska but as I enter new territory in life, I will draw on the inspiration and life lessons from this brave, open and very authentic memoir. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maid Marian on May 30, 2014
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I ride motorcycles and love to read -- this is one of those books you want to devour because it is so good; but you make yourself slow down and savor it because you don't want it to ever be over. Diana has a gift for writing; I feel like I'm there and forget I'm reading a book. I find myself smiling, relating to things she went through, and even laughing out loud. I really don't want it to be over. Outstanding! Can't wait to read more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melody L. Kimmel on May 13, 2014
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When I close my eyes, I can picture the long bridge that terrified this novice motorcycle rider. And then there was the hysterical bear lard question...
Diana writes from the heart. Not only does she bring us along to the extraordinary state of Alaska, she shares her inner landscape and the varying states of mind and mood that made her trip almost as memorable for readers as herself. I may never ride a motorcycle, but I'll be inspired to try new activities and strengthened for new chapters of my life from having climbed aboard this riveting tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Ackert on April 27, 2014
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Destined to become a motorcycle Classic IMHO.
Thank you, Diana, for sharing your lovely Jewish soul in this delightful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam Huggins on April 22, 2014
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I bought this book because I'm a rider and a woman and therein was my connection. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book very well written, honest, poignant and informative.
I think anyone, man or woman, who is struggling to find purpose and connection with the route their life is taking would find this book inspirational.
Anyone who rides motorcycles would enjoy this book. Diana Bletter's discussion of the challenges of riding ring clear and true.
This is Diana's story yet she makes it universal through her thoughtful prose and graceful insight.
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