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
A pampered Long Island princess hits the road in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, travels the country for one year, and brings it all hilariously to life in this offbeat and romantic memoir.
Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: Sheâs a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He's an affable, though dr
I even went in an automobile with them.
There is a high liklihood you will find this story enthralling and amusing, and you will learn to mix exotic drinks, and you will gain valuable insight into the kind of person who may be driving the bus behin ...more
It was extremely disappointing considering I have an interest in not only travel books, but recently, also in memoirs. Since I am on the road over 300 days of the year myself, driving an 18-wheeler with my boyfriend and having traveled the United States and Canada extensively, I did not find the descriptions of any of the places she had been enticing enough to make me want to visit; and ...more
This is the type of book you keep having the urge to read aloud - if only to explain the giggling.
After reading this book, I want to buy a bus of my own and head out on the road to visit many of my good friends throughout the country!
(I needed something light after finishing Tom Friedman's "The World is Flat")
As the book went on, I liked the writer more and more. She began to realize that there's more to life than television and shopping and accumulating stuff. I l ...more
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 th ...more
Doreen's story bears some similarity to my own. A female shrink, happily married and settled comfortably into her life, goes on an unexpected midlife journey, emerges transformed--and writes a memoir about her experiences.
Doreen's adventures center on a converted bus, piloted by her psychiatrist husband Tim, who has talked her into a cros ...more
I strolled into the travel section particularly because I seem to have a travel bug lately--so many places I want to see and so little time..
It was there that I saw "Queen of the Road" by Doree ...more
In no particular order here are the reasons I h-worded this book:
-the protagonist was not likeable, not well-developed, and her epiphany came way too late in the book--in fact the last 10 pages. Calling her husband "project nerd" was not funny, the protagonist just seemed like a spoiled brat. I am not saying ...more
From the beginning, I was enraptured by the honest humor and the idea of “chucking it all” and traveling across the U.S. for a year. But, what I didn’t expect were moments of introspection and a time of learning from mini history lessons about the various destinations ...more
Alas, I was disappointed in the book. The writing style is okay, and the author does use humor for her travels, but the passages seem cursory to me. I would have preferred she write of a few of the places more in depth rather than trying to cover so many and link them all thematically perhaps. This reads ...more
I usually love travel essays and memoirs. This one, not so much. I didn't appreciate much of the forced humor. The chronicling of their adventures were a bit too straightforward, and after a while the prose just felt like blather lacking uniqueness or even her own interest in her descriptions.
The lessons she learned from the road tri ...more