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Kiss the Sunset Pig: A Canadian's American Road Trip With Exotic Detours

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In this lyrical, poetic, and charmingly funny book, Laurie Gough drives from Ontario to California reflecting on a life spent travelling in search of new experiences and familiar sensations. Heading towards a half-remembered cave on the Pacific coast where her younger, more adventurous self once stayed, she recalls adventures in Sumatra, the Yukon and many places in ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Penguin Canada (first published March 1st 2005)
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Sep 27, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
I loved (LOVED!) Gough's previous travel memoir, Kite Strings of the Southern Cross, but something about this one is really aggravating and I don't know if I'll be able to finish it. Gough is clearly cooler than the rest of the population. She promises never to have another root beer float from Dairy Queen because it's just so "sickly sweet." She sleeps alone outside without so much as tent--on park benches, in campgrounds--and never considers the dangers. Not even for a second, Laurie? Really? ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Tonia rated it liked it
Laurie Gough has a traveling spirit and is constantly moving away from a consistent, scheduled, routine life, always trying to find a place she feels is full of the exotic other. Through her trip in a jeep named Marcia from Southern Ontario to California, she recounts not only her experiences on the road, but spends several chapters flashing back to her international journey's from years gone by. At first, I did not enjoy her narrative as Gough's voice included a whining edge no matter her life ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women around 30; travellers
I really enjoyed this book. I read it as I was turning 30, and it was completely appropriate. The book is a travel memoir in which the author drives from Canada to California in a quest to figure out what her adult life will be like. At the same time, she reflects back on travel experiences from her younger years. If you love to travel, the book is a pleasure. If you like Eat, Pray, Love I think you'd like this book. They're similar, but I found this one much less annoying. (A teensy bit annoyin ...more
May 28, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
It's a travelogue written by a Canadian driving from Ontario to California and reminiscing about other travels and life choices along the way. It touches on so many of the same issues in my life: relationships and settling and belonging somewhere and adventure and wander-lust, growing up and self-definition. Plus the canada->us and east->west transition experiences. It's trying really hard to be poetic and philosophical but I can't quite love it.. maybe because her feelings(and writing) ...more
Mar 01, 2010 Dana rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dana by: My Mom
Kiss the Sunset Pig has an interesting title eh? The book doesn't have much to do with kissing or pigs really, though there are a few sunsets here and there if I do recall.
This book serves as a memoir of travel stories. Laurie Gough, who, when this book is taking place, lives in Guelph, wants to move to California. She packs her bags and makes it a road trip. Along her route, she has flashbacks of some of her amazing travels. From Greece, to the Yukon to Thailand, she's been all over the place a
Laura Kerry
Oct 09, 2012 Laura Kerry rated it it was amazing
This is the most inspirational book I've read in a long long time. I'm always looking for books about strong women who go off in search of adventure and love and meaning in life, and when those writers write beautifully and are funny and self-deprecating like Gough, it makes it all the more worth it. Highly recommended!
Rachel Hawes
May 05, 2010 Rachel Hawes rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction, travel
I'm reading a lot of non-fiction/memoirs/travel stories at the moment and I'm noticing a pattern. I love the stories but I always end up not liking the writer very much by the end.

Which says more about me than the writer I think.
Read this wonderful, touching, funny book in one long sitting. It was like going on a voyage with a friend. I especially enjoyed Gough's reflections on how our experiences change us, so that sometimes we hardly recognize who we've become. Highly recommended!
May 08, 2015 da-wildchildz rated it liked it
As much as I like travelogues, this one simply did not grab me the way others have done in the past. Still, there are some interesting tales to be told.
Aug 04, 2009 John rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
Gough relates her experiences well, but I came away uncertain whether I'm really her target audience? She struck me as rather naive, almost foolish, in places for such an experienced traveler.
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Laurie Gough is author of the newly released Stolen Child: A Mother's Journey to Rescue Her Son From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours; and Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in the U.K., and silver medal winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Travel Book of the Year in ...more
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