Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Block: QUEEN OF THE ROAD by Doreen Orion

And we seem to be on a non-fiction kick over here with the Book Blocks, but that's ok. I like non-fiction too, even though I don't represent it. =) I apologize for the lack of blogging lately; mostly I've been Twittering and trying to get through back e-mail, etc.

Written by Doreen Onion

Title: Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion

Publisher: Broadway Books

Release date: June 3, 2008

ISBN: 0767928539

About the book: 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 states in this often hilarious and always entertaining memoir, in which a boisterous marriage of polar opposites becomes stronger than ever.

The “Book Block”: This is (hopefully obvious from the description) a humorous travel memoir, but I really wanted to make the book about my relationship with my husband. Even though we’re married shrinks, I’ve never particularly cared to write a “how to” marital manual, yet since Tim and I have such a good relationship (and have often been asked, “How do you do it?”) I wanted the book to be that, as well. When my agent read it, she said, “The isn’t so much a travel memoir, it’s a love story.” It was the best compliment I could receive.

Where To Get The Book: Amazon

Doreen’s website:


ryan field said...

This one sounds like something I've always wanted to do.

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I have my own autographed copy and I'm enjoying every page. Doreen has a lovely talent for mixing humour with insightful observations on the institute of marriage.

It's a great travelogue, too!