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Travels with Judy: In Search of Steinbeck's America Paperback – July 23, 2012
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Vicki Cain is an occasional op/ed writer, published photographer, enthusiastic traveler, passionate dog lover, avocation aviatrix, amateur actress, reluctant filmmaker, and all-around fun-seeker. When she isn't traveling, Vicki lives in Connecticut.
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I'm 70 and life is too short to waste on a boring book such as this. I got about half way through it, asked myself why I was continuing to read it, and had no answer. The 21st Century seems to be the Century in which everyone decides that they are a publishable author. I have three friends who have written mediocre books and this one joins that genre. It is evident to me that the author wanted to spend a one month long vacation visiting friends and thought that she could recapture her expenses by pretending to recreate Steinbeck's trip, writing about it and getting paid for doing so. Instead of spending the three months that Steinbeck did, she spends one which means that she spends ten hour days driving between locations so that she can check off the spots that Steinbeck visited. Along the way she visits and spends time with her friends in other locations.
She starts off with a Motorhome that blows up after a day or two so she replaces it with a commercial van. Rather than buy an air mattress and camp out in the van, she chooses to stay in Motels. Because she has no time to spend in each location the only people she meets are Motel, store and restaurant workers and very few of these are mentioned. Because she's learned nothing on her trip she pads the book by giving some facts about the different locations. She gets no closer than 30' to the railing at Niagra Falls so gives us some facts about people who've gone over the Falls and the amount of water that passes over it. Crossing the Rockies she gives us some meager information about Lewis and Clark. In Washington she gives us some info about Mount St. Helens' eruption.
We're pleased to find out that the views in Coastal Maine, the Great Plains and Coastal Oregon are beautiful with some descriptions of why they are so. We also share her musings as to why do people move to beautiful isolated places and then ruin them by recreating where they've moved from. If you've never driven cross-country you may have some interest in her very general descriptions of the areas through which she passes.
I can just visualize her working on her manuscript with Thesaurus in hand. She doesn't go for a walk, she goes for "a jaunt". If you have nothing to say, dress it up as prettily as possible.
The most exciting part of the trip was when she locked herself IN her van, which I'd have thought was impossible to do, calls her Mom for help and her Mom does nothing.
I don't rate it one star because it is readable but it is a boring account by a boring person of a boring cross country drive. I'm very glad that I got it as a Kindle book because I paid the least for it and have no interest in passing it on to anyone else.
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