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Queen of the Road & a giveaway

September 1, 2008

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 OwnTim had a wonderful idea. Take a year off from his private psychiatry practice to travel around the country in a converted bus. Now all he had to do was convince his wife…

And so begins 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 Own. Written by the Tim’s wife Doreen (a self proclaimed Long Island Princess and fellow psychiatrist) Queen of the Road is the story of Tim and Doreen’s adventures on the open highway. At first Doreen is pretty much appalled by the idea (mostly due to the fact that there is no way she can fit all two hundred pairs of shoes on a bus) but is convinced by Tim to give it a try. Soon enough they are off, with a standard poodle and two cats in tow, on an adventure like no other.

Similar to a travelogue ala Bill Bryson (but written by a feisty, swearing psychiatrist) Queen of the Road is a very humorous, entertaining book about leaving everything behind and trying something new. The fact that the author didn’t really WANT to try something new gives this book a little twist throughout. It’s pleasant enough to read a book about someones travels, but when that person would rather be sitting in front of the tv in her own home than be on the open road makes for a pretty funny book.

I found that I have very little in common with the author (except for the fact that we both love Buffy the Vampire Slayer) but that didn’t deter from my overall enjoyment of Queen of the Road. Sure, I can’t really sympathize with a women who would rather be shopping for the newest trend is shoe-wear, but her tell-it-like-it-is style is kind of refreshing. There is nothing fake about the author’s writing and even if you don’t necessarily agree with her way of life, you can’t help but enjoy the book.  

Some of my favorite passages:

Myrtle Beach also astounded us by the plethora of swimsuit shops on almost every block. How many people, after all, decide to vacation in a beach community but forget to bring their swimsuits? Evidently, nearly everyone. And, as Time observed, judging from the number of topless bars, apparently a lot of them are men who forgot to bring their wives, as well.

Funny, right? Or how about this one:

We’re really not Disney people. I mean, Disney people don’t see the Guest Relations kiosk and wonder, “Ya think they sell condoms?” Disney people don’t purposely make outlandish faces on the roller coasters, just as the camera snaps a pictures (my favorite: pretending to stick a finger down my throat to gag). Disney people don’t scream, “Look! It’s a dwarf!”every chance they get, just for the satisfaction of knowing they’re in the only place on the planet they can do so and not get dirty looks. (Although Tim did insist on adding, in his best politically correct tone, “They’re called little people, sweetie.”)

Aren’t convinced that this is a funny book? Check out Nicole’s review over at Book Escape. You can also find out more about the author’s writing style by checking out her blog. Or, check on the link over at Booking Mama’s blog for a webcast where you can hear more about Queen of the Road from the author herself. If this sounds like the kind of book you would enjoy reading, then this is your lucky day! The publisher sent me an extra copy to giveaway, so just leave a comment on this post by midnight EST time on Monday, September 8th for a chance to win. For an additional chance, mention this contest on your blog (linking back to this post) and you’ll get an extra entry! The winner will be announced on the 9th. Good luck!

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55 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2008 11:02 pm

    This sounds like a fun book. Off to check out the author’s blog.

    (I’m in New Zealand, so if you don’t want to enter me in the competition that’s fine with me.)

  2. bunnyb permalink
    September 2, 2008 12:45 am

    I’d love to read this! Sounds fun! Hope international readers can join 🙂 Thanks!

  3. September 2, 2008 1:12 am

    Me! Me! Me Please!! Thanks for the chance to win this much talked about book.
    XOXO – K

  4. September 2, 2008 1:24 am

    This book sounds so funny. I would love the chance to win!

  5. Hil'Lesha permalink
    September 2, 2008 4:11 am

    Sounds good! 🙂

  6. September 2, 2008 4:54 am

    Sounds wonderful. I just discovered my love for travelogue after reading Chasing the monsoon. I would love to win this. Do enter me

  7. September 2, 2008 9:32 am

    I actually entered a contest to win this on the author’s blog but didn’t win. Hoping my luck turns around here…

  8. September 2, 2008 10:32 am

    I’ve been wanting to win/read this book since the beginning of summer. Maybe this contest will be my lucky chance. Here’s my blog post as well.

    http://thethingsweread.blogspot.com/2008/09/queen-of-road-giveaway.html

  9. September 2, 2008 12:10 pm

    Does sound like fun!

  10. Laura permalink
    September 2, 2008 1:19 pm

    This is on my TBR list so I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the contest.

  11. September 2, 2008 1:57 pm

    Definitely enter me. I’ve seen this around and it seems like a fun AND funny read!

    -Lauren

  12. Janel permalink
    September 2, 2008 2:13 pm

    I love road trips, but I can’t imagine doing one like this!

  13. September 2, 2008 2:15 pm

    This sounds like such a funny book! We’re taking our kids to Disneyland later this year (first time for me and the kids) and the dwarf quote cracked me up.

  14. September 2, 2008 2:48 pm

    Stephanie,

    Thanks for the lovely review! If your readers want to check out a QUEENly excerpt (ie, the entire first chapter), pictures of our trip, some of the wonderful reviews the book has gotten, more martini recipes (now, I have your attention), funny videos of the trip (including the nudist RV park – now I REALLY have your attention), head on over to htpp://www.QueenOfTheRoadTheBook.com. We’re also running a sweepstakes with some truly fabulous prizes.

    Thanks so much, again. I very much appreciated your review.

    – The (Royal) Feisty, Swearing Psychiatrist.

  15. September 2, 2008 3:40 pm

    Please enter me – I’ve read a few reviews of this book now and my interest is peaked!

  16. September 2, 2008 4:17 pm

    This looks like a very fun book–thanks for the giveaway!

  17. September 2, 2008 4:27 pm

    This sounds like a fun read — please enter me!

  18. September 2, 2008 5:09 pm

    No need to enter me, Stephanie. I’m just letting you know I posted this over at Win a Book.

  19. September 2, 2008 5:33 pm

    no need to enter me, I just wanted you to know that I reviewed this book as well. here’s my link in case you want to check it out or add it to your list. 🙂

  20. September 2, 2008 6:26 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. I’d love to win it – it looks so good.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Elizabeth M. permalink
    September 2, 2008 6:38 pm

    What a perfect book to read at the end of the summer. I’d love this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. September 2, 2008 7:51 pm

    Those are hilarious exerts you have listed. I had a few traumatic roadtrip experiences in my life, so I would love to be entered in the contest. Thanks!

  23. hermeslyre permalink
    September 2, 2008 8:26 pm

    I’d love to check this book out, enter me! It’s not the type of book i generally read, But I’m all for expanding my horizons.

  24. September 2, 2008 11:57 pm

    I’ve been hearing about this EVERYwhere and now I HAVE to read it!

  25. September 3, 2008 12:24 am

    I have heard great things about this book! Thanks for the give away!!!

  26. September 3, 2008 2:00 am

    Sounds great and a fun read!

    Please enter me in the contest! Thanks.

  27. September 3, 2008 4:00 am

    I look forward to reading this one. In terms of travel books I find too many where the men are the fun zany ones who sometimes drag a weary wife/girlfriend behind (or have one waiting at home) but since this is written from her perspective….

  28. September 3, 2008 9:11 am

    I’ve been eyeing this book since I read about it on Booking Mama. It sounds great! Please add my name to the giveaway.

  29. Becca permalink
    September 3, 2008 10:08 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Pick me! Pick me!

  30. September 3, 2008 11:24 am

    this seems like a fun fun book!:) do enter me for the giveaway!
    f2000501(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Ramya

  31. Lee permalink
    September 3, 2008 5:09 pm

    That’s always been a dream of mine, to abandon everything and hit the road. Maybe I should do a little research first, huh?
    Yes, please enter me.

  32. September 3, 2008 5:54 pm

    Oh this book looks like fun! I would love to be added to the list of contenders! Any time to travel the states vicariously is a good time! 🙂

  33. Stephanie permalink
    September 3, 2008 6:41 pm

    The quotes hooked me. Please enter me to win a copy!

  34. September 3, 2008 7:41 pm

    This sounds so fun. Please sign me up!

  35. September 3, 2008 8:50 pm

    Please enter me! This sounds like a great book! Thanks!

  36. September 3, 2008 10:49 pm

    Here’s the link to my post:

    http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/book-giveaways_03.html

  37. September 3, 2008 11:25 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful book ! Please enter me 🙂

    Wendy
    spunnsugarz(at)yahoo(dot)com

  38. September 4, 2008 11:04 am

    Great review. Love the excerpts. Please enter me and I also posted this on my blog:

    http://bookchatterandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2008/09/queen-of-road-giveaway.html

  39. September 4, 2008 11:23 am

    After reading several fun reviews of this book I just picked it up last Friday.

  40. September 4, 2008 12:21 pm

    I’d love a chance to win/read/review this book. It sounds like a lot of fun. With my kids finally back in school today I’ve stopped dreaming of hitting the road myself 🙂

  41. September 4, 2008 3:28 pm

    Sounds hilarious – I’d love to win it. I’ll post about your giveaway on my blog later today or tomorrow.

  42. Carolsue permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:42 am

    This really does sound like a funny book! I love books with humor in them!

  43. September 5, 2008 9:21 am

    Another book to add to my always growing, never will read them all if I live to be 100, TBR list! Thanks! (I think! LOL)

    No need to enter me in the contest – I am perfectly happy to get it from the library as I always do and let someone else win.

    Have a great day!

  44. Kam A permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:42 pm

    This sounds like a fun book!

  45. Nancy in NY permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:22 pm

    This sounds like fun! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks for the chance! Nancy

  46. September 5, 2008 10:09 pm

    This does look like a great book.

  47. Carolsue permalink
    September 5, 2008 11:57 pm

    What a great sounding book! I wanna win!

  48. September 6, 2008 11:46 am

    I would like to read this book!

  49. Cindi permalink
    September 7, 2008 11:23 pm

    Sounds like an interesting and fun book to read as summer is coming to an end. I could use some humor in my life! Please enter my name in your delightful book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  50. Janet F permalink
    September 8, 2008 1:48 am

    I would love to read this book!

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. Kristine Michelle permalink
    September 8, 2008 6:05 pm

    I would very much enjoy reading this book! Thanks for the contest!
    allmycrazycats @ aol.com

  52. gwendolyn permalink
    September 8, 2008 8:58 pm

    Please enter me — I love road trips and road trip books! Thanks for the chance!
    geebee.reads AT gmail. DOT com

  53. September 9, 2008 12:49 pm

    Sign me up! This sounds like such a fun book, and this one is currently hanging out on my TBR list, waiting for me to read it. 🙂

  54. January 5, 2012 3:06 am

    Dead written written content , thanks for selective information .

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