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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

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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

Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Broadway Books (first published 2008)
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Mar 13, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Bought this at the airport. It was boring and the protagonist was kind of a whiny pain in the ass. Don't read it.
May 20, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
This is an entertaining tale of two shrinks and a bus. I went to visit them - the shrinks and the bus - in Boulder, Colorado. I saw the bus in its lair. I saw the author on the loose, and her husband practicing medicine in a converted Denver warehouse.

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
Jul 08, 2008 Annette rated it it was amazing
I was waiting in line at my local bookstore when I spied a pile of books entitled "Queen of the Road". Being an avid traveler and lover of memoirs, I picked one up. I read the first 2 pages and forgot why I wanted the book I held in my other hand. I was hooked...laughing out loud in the check out counter line! "Queen of the Road" by Doreen Orion is a hysterically funny laugh out loud as well as thoughtful and touching memoir about a mid-40ish woman who was convinced by her much loved husband to ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Salena added it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one.
Did not enjoy this book AT ALL. For a highly educated doctor, I expected the writing to be of better quality.

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
Jan 02, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
I enjoyed Queen of the road, but entered into it expecting a light read. Like other reviewers, I found Doreen only moderately interesting at the start, but the saga of embarking on a year-long bus adventure kept me reading. The constant "Prada this, Richard Tyler that," failed to make a spark with the anti-label consumer, but I definitely got the message that Doreen is/was materialistic. Someone who is familiar with the "Sex and The City" lifestyle will most likely find more appreciation for ...more
Jan 30, 2010 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it it was ok
I started out really liking this book and the author's humor, but it quickly grew tiresome. I think it would have been much more enjoyable from the husband's point of view because Doreen was just so obnoxious. She was so negative, manipulative, and whiny before and during the trip - what a spoiled brat! I found the constant use of - or reference to - her title of "princess" (self-proclaimed) to be annoying. It ceased being cute after the 50th time! She tried way too hard to be funny and often ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
I loved it. This might be because I am also a princess [west coast variety, no shoe fetish] who is the unhappy spouse of a man who likes camping. When we returned from our latest trip I was asked how it had gone and my answer was "Dirt, bugs, and public restrooms - what's not to love?" Dear hubby winced...

This is the type of book you keep having the urge to read aloud - if only to explain the giggling.
Dhara Mehta
Apr 08, 2011 Dhara Mehta rated it liked it
The Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion is an intensely entertaining love story of couple journey across 47 states in a bus. Doreen is ‘princess’ who has not a care in the world except her nail polish, shoes, and handbags. Her husband, Tim, is and outdoorsy, do-it-your self dedicated psychiatrist. The odd couple manage to get along throughout the year without world war three erupting. Doreen at the end of the book appreciates her priceless husband (even more she did before) and realizes the mall ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
Funny, hilarious! I think I almost wet my pants a couple of times... This was the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time!!! I get the distinct feeling that this is as close as I want to get to a life on the road but will gladly live it through Ms. Orion! :)
Jul 30, 2008 Lorie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kena, Amy, Amber
This book was very entertaining and I would highly recommend it. Plenty of adventures to keep you laughing.

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!
Oct 31, 2008 amanda rated it liked it
A quick travelogue read. The author changes her style and tone from pampered princess to country lovin' RV-er as she learns life isn't all about shopping and reality TV, and that scenic hikes aren't death marches.

(I needed something light after finishing Tom Friedman's "The World is Flat")
Nov 26, 2016 Mycala rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
I admit that I was annoyed when I first started reading this book. Here is this woman, lucky enough to be married to a guy who wants to travel the entire country in a luxury bus and she's pitching a fit!? The reason I kept reading is because I have cats... and she took cats on the bus with her. This I had difficulty wrapping my head around.

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
gloria segal
Upper class tourism

Book is misleading. Getting in touch with reality . A mega $ conversion bus with all the luxuries ,some mishaps but money is no object. A travel narrative from the view of a Jewish Princes.
Nov 15, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. There was good humor mixed with some interesting stories of the history of our country. It made me think that a trip like this might be fun some day.
Nov 12, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
A fun read about life on the road in a RV visiting various sites over the course of one year, including National Parks.
Moni Novak
Oct 30, 2016 Moni Novak rated it really liked it
So funny and I related to the queen so much. Laughed out loud.
Oct 17, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
Doreen Orion and her husband, complete with menagerie travel around the U.S. In a converted bus for a year? It's like my dream! Years ago I used to tell Rebecca that I want to do this when I retired. This book really whet my whistle. Orion writes her memoir in a stream of consciousness that is much like my own writing style. While occasionally repetitious, there is a lot of humor and soul searching involved. I may never get to do this, but living it vicariously was fun.
Oct 06, 2016 Cissa rated it really liked it
Sometimes doing something completely out of character can be amazing. Here's an account of that.

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
Aug 29, 2008 Blair rated it it was amazing
I expected to love Doreen Orion's QUEEN OF THE ROAD--and to connect at a personal level. I was not disappointed. This book is a light-hearted romp with depth.

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
Wendy Alton
Oct 15, 2011 Wendy Alton rated it really liked it
In August of this year, my husband Bill and I spent a long weekend in Colorado. In Denver, we ventured into the beautiful Barnes & Noble right in the middle of downtown, and wandered around for a couple of hours... what a rare treat for 2 people who are incredibly busy with work, children, life, etc...

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
Sep 23, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like funny, easy reads or travelogues
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Jun 28, 2011 Mandy rated it did not like it
This was my least favorite book I have read in a long time. In fact, I might even use the "H" word to describe my feelings for it. It's honestly the first book I didn't finish in my lifetime.

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
Oct 30, 2010 Pamela rated it really liked it
I recently finished a refreshing and fun read, “Queen of the Road” by Doreen Orion. This book was lent to me by a co-worker who had no idea who owned it, nor how she acquired it. I perused the back cover and decided, “O.K. why not?”

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
I was excited to read this book because I have traveled to 45 of the 50 states with my 4 kids (as of 7/09)and plan to get to the other 5 in the next few years. This book sounded like lots of fun.

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
Sep 03, 2009 Marigold rated it really liked it
This book has a cocktail recipe at the beginning of each chapter, so really, how can you go wrong?! The story sounds like the beginning of a bad joke - "two psychologists get on a bus...." Doreen enjoys sitting around the house in her pj's, watching TV, & buying shoes. Her husband Tim does all the cooking, cleaning, and all vehicle related maintenance! All Doreen has to do is stand around with a martini & admire his skills. (Where do I hire a guy like this?!) They have a pretty great ...more
Jul 03, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, bookclub
This was a book that made me glad I'm in a book club. It's something I never would have picked up on my own (and I admit to not being ambivalent about having to read it) but I enjoyed it. Basically, it's the story of how the author and her husband buy a converted bus and spend an entire year driving around the country, exploring. They visit family and famous sites, and there are some funny anecdotes. Orion's prose is breezy and chatty, but I liked her and her husband and enjoyed reading about ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Molly
This book was great. I started the book with great interest waiting to hear the tales of the author and her husband on their one year journey cross country in their converted bus. I was not disappointed. My only true disappointment was that they skipped KY (My home State). I loved hearing about little known destinations as well as some of the more well known places that they visited. I even learned a thing or two while I read. I also took mental notes on some of the places I would like to ...more
Katie Schwartz
Aug 03, 2008 Katie Schwartz rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Doreen's book for a million reasons: It made me belly laugh. I fucking screamed my way through this book. My sides hurt, my belly burned and the book fell from my hands on numerous occasions, I laughed that hard. Doreen isn't just funny, she's a comic genius. I also cried, feeling her angst, wonder and frustration while she journeyed on a bus with her incredible husband through the US. These two are soooooo in love, their romance is delicious. In the end, what I took from ...more
May 12, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like to smile
Recommended to Jane by: Melanie Green
Wow...this book was soooo funny! Perhaps it was so much fun because I could truely identify with the characters! My husband and I embarked on an 18 month trip across the US. We had similar adventures, saw some of the same sights, enjoyed the same music and books, and had our dog with us! Personality traits were also similar. The writer and her spouse (both psychiatrists)embark on a one year trip across the US. Doreen is a self diagnosed "indoor person with a bus phobia" but goes along to help ...more
Oct 30, 2008 Catherine rated it it was ok
Self-described "Long Island Princess," Doreen Orion and her psychiatrist husband (she's also a psychiatrist) hit the road in a tour bus for a year exploring America.

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
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Doreen, an award-wining author and psychiatrist, has appeared in numerous national media (Larry King, GMA, NPR, NYT, People, etc.). QUEEN OF THE ROAD was chosen as a Borders Featured Book Club pick and Target Breakout Book. Still, she considers her greatest accomplishment that her bus was the centerfold for Bus Conversions magazine, thus fulfilling a life-long ambition to be a Miss September.

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