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A schoolteacher escapes an abusive marriage and finds love on a blind date. Mary Jane’s new man, sure that riding a Harley will restore her confidence, ends up following the white lines with her through fifteen years of marriage. Traveling together, they learn to be partners, both on and off the road, until Dwayne is diagnosed with cancer. After losing her husband, Mary Ja ...more
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Published October 1st 2019 by She Writes Press
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thanks to JKS communications I won a copy of She Rode A Harley in a giveaway!

I read about half of the book, set it down for a few weeks and then read the second half in one sitting

It is a decently interesting memoir about Mary Jane Black's getaway from her abusive husband, remarriage, many moves, and becoming a Harley rider alongside her second husband

I was definitely rooting for her and was glad that their daughters adjusted into the new family situations.

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Cheryl
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading Mary Jane's story. Both tears and smiles were experienced while reading this book. This is one of the best memoirs I have red in a while. I felt like I got to really know Mary Jane. I was cheering for her the whole time.

When she found Dwayne; I was so happy for her. He was so kind to her and her daughter. He showed that love can come in the form of second chances. When Dwayne was diagnosed, it was sad. However, not as sad as when he passed away. I did shed tears. I wa
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Crystal Reed
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually like memoirs but the opening of this book hit me in the gut and consequently, I decided to keep reading. This is one of those situations where hearing or reading about another person's abusive relationship might be triggering to some but cathartic for most of us who've experienced something similar.

Many aspects of this story remind me of my own mother. Not the specifics, per se, since my mother never actually went so far as to buy the Harley she always wanted when she
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Kathleen Garber
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
While not what the book is all about, a good portion of the book talks about Dwayne’s past with Harleys and riding and Mary Jane’s introduction to the world of motorcycle riding from interest, to learning how they work, to riding one herself. This part was well written but might be a bit much if you aren’t interested in motorcycles. I just skimmed the parts that went on about motorcycles personally and read slower on the parts that were about relationships or life events.

Mary Jane we
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Hannah Barry
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very solid read. The author, Mary Jane Black, did a phenomenal job at presenting her story to us in a wholly engaging way while retaining and a deep sense of vulnerability. It felt important as if we were in conversation with her.

My favorite part of Mary's story was how she fell in love with both a man and a Harley. How the two things created such a beautiful marriage in her life and were able to sustain her through life's great trials and tribulations. I don't know much about motorc
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Susan  Alpert
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SHE RODE A HARLEY: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND MOTORCYCLES by Mary Jane Black is a profoundly moving literary debut about love and loss. The author, who was a schoolteacher, escapes an abusive twenty-three year marriage and finally finds true love with her second husband and Harley mechanic, Dwayne. Together, they ride Harleys locally and across country. While she loses Dwayne much too soon to cancer, he gave her the purpose to ride and to soar. This is a breathtaking memoir.
V. Pel
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝙖 𝙃𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙚𝙮” is a story of love, pain, loss, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘆’𝘀! 💪🏻 In this book, Mary Jane escapes an abusive marriage, meets Dwayne, -her second husband-, and starts a new life. In this new relationship, Mary Jane finds love and happiness and gets introduced to the world of motorcycling. With Dwayne, she rediscovers the true meaning of happiness, but not without consequences. If you’re looking for an easy-to-read, true-life story, involving motorcycles, “𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝙖 𝙃𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙚𝙮” is a good one.
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Mary Jane Black lives in Austin, where she is a literary specialist for the State of Texas. Her memoir, Kick Ass Harley, will be published in 2019.