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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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–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
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Anyone whose nickname for their husband is "Project Nerd" while wearing her Manolo's and eating bonbons, while sipping a martini has to be a character. I would love her as a friend.
Doreen and Tim's relationship is based on mutual respect for each other and accepting and loving each other for the differences as much as their similarities which as far as I can tell is just their profession (the are both psychiatrists).
Her recount of the bus door flying open while Tim was driving made me laugh out loud.
Each chapter begins with a martini recipe and instructions, such as the:
Love Me Bender
2 parts passion fruit liqueur
2 parts champagne
1 part raspberry liqueur
Rest shaker on hip, gyrate, drink. If you can still recall that the love of your life is making
you live on a bus, repeat.
I love her description of Mardi Gras. She writes: Why would I want to scream and beg funny looking people to throw me some gaudy plastic doodads that wouldn't (Thank God) go with a single outfit I own?
And how she goes on to write how cows become steak, deer becomes venison and pigs turn into pork but chicken, rabbit and turkey stay the same. Funny, never thought about it but now I do.
I love how she also goes to her first open coffin wake and compares the body to waxed fruit. This chick is Fun-knee!!
Honestly, there are too many good things to point out in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious in spots but also ":really"!! A must for anyone taking to the road in any type of motor home, large or small.Published 1 month ago by Walking Grandma
'Hilarious, offbeat & romantic" it is not...however, neurotic, conventional, one-sided, self indulgent and spoiled New Yorker on a road trip whines her way across the USA. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlotte
Loved it!! Laugh out loud funny. Hated for the journey to end. Fun, quick read. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever vacationed in an RV.Published 13 months ago by Joan Gonzalez
Another one of those books that should have been a library borrow rather than a purchase. Wouldn't bother rereading it or recommending it to anyone. Very light.Published 16 months ago by T. Buttons