This book grabs you as soon as you start reading it. The memoirs of travelling to different countries interwoven into the drive from Canada to California are fascinating. You will find yourself playing the song California by Joni Mitchell. I couldn't help feeling sorry for her poor boyfriend though, he sounded so perfectly lovely. It is a shame she has not written any more books since this one (2005) to relay what happened after these events, as the epilogue is too short snd sweet. I have ordered her first book about Fiji and look forward to reading it.
by just how good this book actually is. I bought it as research for my own travel book, and am used to reading books very quickly and enjoying them, but this one stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Not only does Laurie write brilliantly, bringing her road trip across America alive, her insights are profound. She interweaves her trip with other memories from her magical travel experiences, a luminous canoe trip in the Yukon, a chaotic bus ride across Sumatra and many others. The stories are like beads, which glint whichever way you turn them. At the end of the trip not only has Laurie gained in understanding, she has realized why she loves to travel - and perhaps why it might be time to put down some roots. Together, with Jamie Zeppa she is an excellent young Canadian writer from Ontario, but they are both so much more than that, having depth and profundity. I couldn't recommend this book more highly.
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