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Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own Paperback – June 3, 2008
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"Two psychiatrists driving a motor home around America, and you're still wondering whether to buy this book? Step on the gas and go straight to the register."
–Jeff Arch, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, Sleepless In Seattle
"Doreen Orion has a fresh, wry voice that's all her own and she works it like a rodeo rider in her light-hearted and yet tender new memoir, Queen of the Road."
–Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
“His dream — he’s always wanted to see America in a converted bus — and her nightmare —she has a bus phobia — and their mid-life crisis on wheels, make for a hilarious reading adventure.”
–Mary-Lou Weisman, author of Traveling While Married
"You will never look at a psychiatrist the same way again. And you will never take a bus driver for granted, either."
–John Elder Robison, New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye
"Doreen Orion and her handyman husband Tim prove, with abundant laughs and martini shaker in hand, that sometimes the best way to enrich home-life is to leave the home...or, better yet, just put it on wheels."
–Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother
"Orion has every good travel writer's ability to make readers feel they are there, to capture the telling details of places, and to present the account in a witty, accessible way. Reading the book makes you want to hit the road and have some of your own grand adventures. This is a fun read that will make just about anyone start itching for a road trip. Grade 'A.'"–Rocky Mountain News
"A Charles Kuralt-Albert Brooks-style romp where they meet up with nudists, robbers and more. Required Reading." -The New York Post
"Hot Summer Read." - Chicago Tribune
"The Elizabeth Gilbert Antichrist." - The Oregonian
"Beneath its fun and frothy exterior, you'll find in this wild ride across America's highways and byways a lovely portrait of a marriage that treats its ups and downs with humor and grace." - Elle Magazine
A charming, insightful and - most important - hilarious book that evokes the best of Bill Bryson and David Sedaris, but spotlights the unique voice of a gifted memoirist. - Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times Bestselling Novelist
"Queen of the Road is basically what would happen if you took me, gave me a modicum of maturity and a better education, and then tricked me into living on a (very nice) bus with my husband and pets for a year. I loved this book and I love this author." - Jen Lancaster, bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big Ass, Bitter is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat
The author's charm, intelligence and wit make this multi-faceted memoir a must-read. Eat, Pray, Love - without the depression - meets Confessions of a Shopaholic - without the ditz. - Denver Magazine
"A funny, inspiring travel memoir of one couple's cross-country motorhome trip and how it changed their lives.... an action-packed, romantic journey of trials and transformations." - Family Motor Coaching Magazine.
“Part travel memoir, part diva-on-a-bus-tour comedy.” - 5280 Magzine
About the Author
DOREEN ORION is a triple-boarded psychiatrist on the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She is an award-winning author, has lectured throughout the U.S., and has appeared on major national media such as Larry King Live, 48 Hours, Good Morning America and been interviewed by the New York Times, People Magazine and many others. Still, she considers her greatest accomplishment that her bus was the centerfold for Bus Conversions magazine (which she is the travel writer for), thus fulfilling a life-long ambition of being a Miss September.
Top customer reviews
Doreen is an interesting mix! Both sympathetic and, at times, very much not.
This is a memoir, based on her blog, of her reluctant (at least at first) travels around the country with her husband and pets on a converted bus. "Converted bus" does not really sum it up, though- that sounds declasse, and this conversion- with its ridiculously expensive granite countertop, and the stainless steel tiles in the shower, for example- is a custom, pricey job with all possible luxuries!
I have been fascinated by RVs ever since I toured them as a kid at the Minnesota Stae Fair. I love their clockwork efficient use of space- and as a clutter-hound myself, their minimalism has a fascination! at least for a while!
They had many adventures, which Orion describes in a humorous way, even those that were no doubt terrifying at the time. She and her husband rib each other endlessly, but clearly adore each other...realistically.
If you enjoyed this book, you will likely adore the mysteries that feature Joe and Dottie Loudermilk and their Airstream trailer, as they travel and have adventures! Written by Gar Anthony Haywood, I only wish there were more!
While I enjoyed this book, I think the Kindle price for it is absurdly high; I got it for free through a special offer.
I've been a camper as long as I have lived but never with the trials, tribulations, worries, and riotous good times as described by Doreen Orion.
Now comes the big questions, will I recommend this book to others, defiantly a 10 on the scale. Will I give this book away for someone else to enjoy, defiantly not. Why? I'm going to read it again, something I almost never do.
Enjoy - Spartan Caver
and can't wait till we do this. We also have a Standard Poodle. I want to be part of the Queen of the Road fan