Book: Road Tripping in America: Short Stories from a Long Road Trip, by Lisa McNamara and Paul Oulsen
Where I got it: Free Kindle download
Length: 162 pages
Briefly, it’s extracts from a blog kept by a couple who left their corporate jobs, sold their apartment, and toured around (western) USA in a Toyota Sienna for a year.
Comments: The authors, from the outset, declare themselves cynical about the “business” that generates from road-tripping, especially the blogging, the book, the self-advertisement. So their blog posts / book chapters are sometimes a bit cynical, and sometimes left me feeling a bit cynical. Not always, though.
A lot is left out in this short book, particularly details of how they made decisions about where to go next, or when to move on. It’s really just a selection of incidents, snapshots more than a movie.
Two things struck me: first, it must put huge strain on any relationship to live in such close quarters for a prolonged period of time, with nowhere else to go. And second, I read a lot of travel books and so I really should read the classic On The Road by Jack Kerouac.
Challenges: Ebook reading challenge 2014; non-fiction reading challenge 2014.