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Don't Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Within six months, Barbara Schoichet lost everything: her job, her girlfriend of six years, and her mother to pancreatic cancer. Her life stripped bare, and armed with nothing but a death wish and a ton of attitude, Barbara pursues an unlikely method of coping. At the age of fifty she earns her motorcycle license, buys a Harley on eBay from two guys named Dave, and drives ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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♥ Sandi ❣
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to First to Read, Penguin and Random House for giving me this ARC in exchange for a truthful review. To publish September 6, 2016.

Feisty, bullish, funny and witty Barbara Schoichet tells the story of one of the worst times of her life. Running from everything - everything in her life - family included. Barbara buys a Harley and takes off across country to "ride in the wind" and try to make sense of what had become of her life. No longer a youngster, at fifty, having lost her girlfrie
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gripping non-fiction memoir.

Tells her story of deciding to purchase, purchasing a motorcycle, and the trip she took from Buffalo (NY) home to LA. Some is scenic description of several of the interesting places along the way, and others of her internal journey along the trip.

Not properly "recovery literature" in the classic substance use tradition, but more of a general psychological recovery journey.
Katrina Ayala
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
What would you do if suddenly you lost your job, your girlfriend of six years breaks up with you, and your mother dies? For Barbara Schoichet the last six months have been full of loss and at fifty years old, she has no idea how to cope. Until she decides to get her motorcycle license, buy a Harley from Dave and Dave in New York, and then drive it all the way back to California. Barbara doesn’t feel like she has much to live for and she’s willing to die trying to find her way back to herself.

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Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced copy through First To Read: Early Access from Penguin. Wow! I loved this book and couldn't put it down! The author has a such a gift with words. I felt like I was riding along with her on her Harley as she journeyed across the country finding her way back home.. This was one of those books that you wish would keep going and my only disappointment was that I reached the last page way too soon. I highly recommend this book and look forward to hearing more from this author.
Donna Hines
This is the flip side of 'Eat, Pray, Love' in the sense that she's about to give up everything in exchange to find the center but with a kick and flair involving her passion for motorcycles and travel.
Things are not going well for Barbara Schoichet as in the past six months she's experienced a mother load of problems.
So she decides to go cross country after obtaining her motorcycle license travelling from NY to CA .
She's in her mid 50's, she's somewhat desperate, she wants and needs a level of e
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My original Don't Think Twice audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

When one is grieving, one does some really outlandish stuff to come to grips with that loss.  Barbara Schoichet is no different.  Suffering from the loss of her job, her girlfriend and the sudden passing of her mother sends her into a tailspin of self-discovery and coming to terms with her losses. While sassy she is definitely broken and a bandage isn't going to fix her.  However, buying a Harley Da
Jesse Ann
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
A very enjoyable piece of alternative Americana that reads and travels at a quick clip. I'd recommended this for anyone who loves road trip stories.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
"You know, marriage isn't all it's cracked up to be. You're going to have adventures your sisters never will never have," (p.23) Barbara's mother couldn't have spoken truer words.

Sometimes it seems like when it rains, it pours. The author lost her job, her girlfriend, and her mother all within a short time. She was in counseling, but it just didn't seem to quite be doing the trick. She signed up for a class on motorcycles and got her license to drive one. And that's where the real adventures be
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
Barbara Schoichet's "Don't Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour" is an interesting and unusual memoir about a 50-year-old woman who is desperately trying to figure out who she is after her mother's death, abandonment by her girlfriend and the loss of her job. As a means of healing, Barbara takes a motorcycle course, purchases a Harley on eBay from someone in New York, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she rides her new Harley from NY back home to LA. Although her ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, non-fiction
When I saw this book on the First Read page I thought it was a fictional story. Imagine my surprise when it was an author's telling of how she came to terms with middle age and death of her parents! I liked how she described that she kept seeing things that reminded her of both her parents after they were gone and even how her motorcycle adventure was a rebellion towards her mother and her way of grieving.

Barbara has been through a lot before her she hopped on her Harley, her girlfriend dumped
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a genuine look into the life of Barbara Schoichet. She takes us with her on her journey to self-discovery and healing, a journey that took her 21 days and covered many miles. Feeling confused and orphaned after the death of her parents, carrying the weight of past trauma, and tired of feeling vulnerable, Barbara decides to empower herself, buy a Harley, and hit the road for awhile. She needs a new perspective. When she leaves, she has no idea where she is heading or what she is looking ...more
Crystal Casparis
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book in that it reads like a novel instead of a autobiography or a memoir. The author/main character has an interesting story and represents a demographic that you might not normally come across. I appreciated reading about an older, queer character who didn't have a cookie-cutter life even though she grew up in comfort and stability. Maybe I relate to her as a fellow baby sibling, or as someone who has experienced a spectrum of sexual orientation. Or maybe I can just under ...more
Irene O'Hare
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this through Penguin's First to Read program and I absolutely loved this book. It's a memoir so well-written and so interesting that it reads like a novel. Despite having already experienced it, Schoichet's telling lets her readers feel each twist and turn of her journey cross-country and though grief as through it were unfolding right in front of them. Each person she meets adds something to the story but the focus remains on the inner workings of Barbara and how, surprisingly, a Harley s ...more
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A dry wit is an attractive quality for a middle age memoir. Barbara's life is a train wreck. She is conflicted in her sexuality, her religious beliefs, her profession, and her family relationships. At 50, she has just lost her job, her remaining parent has died and her love has dumped her for another. What to do? Buy a Harley motorcycle on EBay, fly across country to pick it up and drive it back to L.A. The book chronicles her adventures on the trek. She learns a lot about herself on the way. Sh ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I learned a lot about motorcycles and how life doesn't end when you're middle aged.

I think anyone who has gone through a major life change at any point can relate to this book in some way. I think this book shows how white, youngest child, free-spirited, Harley-riding, Jewish lesbians and I have anything in common, and that loss, grief, guilt, and all those other emotions are really shared experiences of everyone at some point in their life. If ever one is alone and needing to "eat, pray, love"
Lisa Welch
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I often enjoy memoirs of someone who has made a huge life-changing journey of some sort in an attempt to redirect the course of life. I was so sure that I would enjoy the motorcycle journey spin of this memoir, and maybe my high expectations led to my ultimate disappointment. I enjoyed Schoichet's sense of humor and spirit of adventure, but her overall story just did not draw me in. I wasn't drawn into the tidbits from her trip or her descriptions of her life transformations. I think there are f ...more
Jenny T.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the author's memoir which involved an unusual method of dealing with life stress and grief over her mother's death with a cross country motorcycle trip. The situation reminded me of descriptions of a mid-life crisis. Despite not having a thing in common with Barbara, I thought this was an interesting type of travelogue and especially enjoyed the road whimsy experiences. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.
Carol Kroger
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!!! I believe Barbara Schoichet is the best author I have read in a very long time. I could relate to a lot of what she went through and she had me laughing, no howling with laughter out loud. I will read anything else she wants to write.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! It took me on the author's cross country and soul searching adventure. I understood her loss and it reminded me of my own. And like all good books that are at my side until I finish them I became sad when it was over.
Julie Witte
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Woot, I loved this book, I also bought myself a bike years ago...put on about 3,000 miles a year on it. I love how the author tells her story. What a gift with words. This is a great tale of an adventure that made me both laugh out loud and wipe a few tears. I highly recommend.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interested enough to complete the book, yet mind blown by how infantile and codependent a 50 yr old can be.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
only finished it for book group. Disliked the author, narrative, writing style, everything.
Erin Yoshida
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The book spoke to me on so many levels, in terms of grief, relationships, feminism, and a desire for adventure and novelty. The tale was engaging and honest, satisfying yet never trite. The characters, both major and minor, were well-developed and each vignette was good enough to stand alone. When I finished, I felt like I had been on a cross-country road trip! I have already recommended this book to my friends and family.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story of loss and healing. Deals with heavy issues but keeps it light and even funny.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First Reads contest winner. I wanted to jump right into it, but was dealing with my own issues, and well, I put it off. When I finally picked it up, I realized that I should have read it right away. I felt a lot like the author did, lost. It would have been nice to read about someone else who was having similar issues.

Don't Think Twice is an entertaining and down-to-earth memoir of a woman who lost her job, her partner, and her mother in a short period of time and embar
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This isn't a terrible story, but I think it just resonated with me far less than it might with others. It's the story of a woman who is depressed and decides to take a motorcycle trip across the country for which she is wholly unprepared physically and mentally. While she's at it, she drops off the radar from those who love her, hiding from her life and causing them to legitimately worry, something that doesn't bother her even as she's writing this memoir, although she promises to never do it ag ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3- Stars.
Full review coming soon!
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Why is it when everything goes wrong in life we want to run away, get away from it all? That is just what this book tells a story of. Barbara loses it all, all within a few months everything was gone. Family, lovers, diseases causes Barbara to cope the best way she knows how. She buys a motorcycle and takes off. With the help of her tour book and food stops she meets new people, learns new things, and even takes on a little bit of History. If you are looking for a funny, quick read about how lif ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Really didn't enjoy this read, although I wanted to. The author was afraid of people she met, judgmental, and unfortunately, seemed to "think twice" about everything that was the least bit adventurous. Maybe I just didn't connect with her sense of humor, but I never got the feeling that she enjoyed much of the entire trip. There are much better adventure books out there...
Iona Megas
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting recounting of one woman's journey written with humor and insight. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
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Barbara Schoichet has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She has taught Creative Writing at Stephens College, Santa Fe Community College, Denver University, and one year abroad in England.
Barbara’s memoir, Don’t Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour was published September 6, 2
“There is no door that leads to the meaning of existence, no window to enlightenment. If only we could enter life through the exit and live in reverse; then maybe we’d have a chance at understanding what the hell life is about.” 0 likes
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