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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 Ownby Doreen Orion
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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: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He's an affable, though driven, outdoorsman. When Tim suggests “chucking it all” to travel cross-country in a converted bus, Doreen asks, “Why can’t you be like a normal husband in a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?” But she soon shocks them both, agreeing to set forth with their sixty-pound dog, two querulous cats—and no agenda—in a 340-square-foot bus.
Queen of the Road is Doreen’s offbeat and romantic tale about refusing to settle; about choosing the unconventional road with all the misadventures it brings (fire, flood, armed robbery, and finding themselves in a nudist RV park, to name just a few). The marvelous places they visit and delightful people they encounter have a life-changing effect on all the travelers, as Doreen grows to appreciate the simple life, Tim mellows, and even the pets pull together. Best of all, readers get to go along for the ride through forty-seven statesin this often hilarious and always entertaining memoir,in whicha boisterous marriage of polar opposites becomes stronger than ever.
A Long Island psychiatrist describes her year-long odyssey around the country in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, documenting their travels to forty-seven states with a dog and two cats, their discoveries of the country's natural wonders and small-town charms, the trials and misadventures they encountered, and the effect of the trip on their marriage. Original. 30,000 first printing.
DOREEN ORION is a triple-boarded psychiatrist on the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She is an award-winning author, has lectured throughout the U.S. and has appeared on major national media such as Larry King Live, 48 Hours, Good Morning America and been interviewed by the New York Times, People Magazine and many others. Still, she considers her greatest accomplishment that her bus was the centerfold for Bus Conversions magazine (which she is the travel writer for), thus fulfilling a life-long ambition of being a Miss September.
Table of Contents
Dethroned — The meltdown cruise — Queen of the Zarcons — Mount Poodle — Mooseless in Maine and other hairy New England tails — Southbound in the fire lane — Lordy, Miz Scarlett! I don't know nothin' 'bout drivin' no buses! — My favorite wine has always been "I wanna go to Flooorida!" — Elvis has left the bus — Busing in the buff — Bus-ted at the border — Coronation — Tim's rebuttal — Special places and people — Books enjoyed on the bus and beyond — Acknowledgments, disclaimers, and trip insurance — Dear readers.
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