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 memoirDoreen 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 asquare 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


10 thoughts on “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

  1. Heather Heather says:

    Bought this at the airport It was boring and the protagonist was kind of a whiny pain in the ass Don t read it.


  2. Bren Bren says:

    The whole thing was Tim s fault When he announced he wanted to travel around the country in a converted bus for a year, I gave this profound and potentially life altering notion all the thoughtful consideration it deserved.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 by Doreen Orion Just jump in the car or bus and go What a fun read I am a travel buff and this work of non fiction, the true story of a The whole thing was Tim s fault When he announced he wanted to travel around the country in a converted bus for a year, I gave this profound and potentially life altering notion all the thoughtful consideration it deserved.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 by Doreen Orion Just jump in the car or bus and go What a fun read I am a travel buff and this work of non fiction, the true story of a couple who just gets in their bus and GOES was exhilarating It was a delightful book.I must admit I have always had the dream of doing something like this myself I was born with Wanderlust and that has never left me and I LOVED seeing the writer just jump right in And yeah there are some issues but her way of writing makes even those issues sound like an adventure At times this book is LOL funny.I really want to see every state in my lifetime but I am not there yet This book will no doubt appeal to travel buffs, it would have to I enjoyed it greatly and my hat s off to the two of them and their happy travels


  3. carol. carol. says:

    I enjoyed Queen of the road, but entered into it expecting a light read Like other reviewers, I found Doreen only moderately interesting at the start, but the saga of embarking on a year long bus adventure kept me reading The constant Prada this, Richard Tyler that, failed to make a spark with the anti label consumer, but I definitely got the message that Doreen is was materialistic Someone who is familiar with the Sex and The City lifestyle will most likely findappreciation for he I enjoyed Queen of the road, but entered into it expecting a light read Like other reviewers, I found Doreen only moderately interesting at the start, but the saga of embarking on a year long bus adventure kept me reading The constant Prada this, Richard Tyler that, failed to make a spark with the anti label consumer, but I definitely got the message that Doreen is was materialistic Someone who is familiar with the Sex and The City lifestyle will most likely findappreciation for her tastes and references Her humor is moderately self depreciating, with tinges of pride at being very good at being a Princess, but what I found myself wondering is why such a fabulous husband is getting out of a relationship with her, with her frequent dramatic screaming and inability to cope with the outdoors, birds, buses, insects, cooking, laundry, etc., along with frequent drinking as a coping skill I found it interesting that someone who describes herself as house bound is bent on purchasing designer handbags and shoes to what end, I wonder But that aspect of her acquisitive tendencies is not touched on She did crack me up with her description of her husband s handyman alter ego as Project Nerd, and it became a continuing laugh through the book I appreciated her appreciation and love of her poodle and two cats However, as Shannon another reviewer said, By the end, she arcs into a character you can understand, and she s come to understand herself By the time she tries out a nudist RV park with her husband, it s become clear that Doreen has undergone a shift in world view As a health professional, I feel like a number of the lessons Doreen finally said learned were always available to her, but it took traveling in a bus to open her up tothoughtful viewpoints The messages were brief, but worthwhile lessons in quality time, the search for meaning, and values in a hectic world


  4. Salena Salena says:

    Did not enjoy this book AT ALL For a highly educated doctor, I expected the writing to be of better quality It was extremely disappointing considering I have an interest in not only travel books, but recently, also in memoirs Since I am on the road over 300 days of the year myself, driving an 18 wheeler with my boyfriend and having traveled the United States and Canada extensively, I did not find the descriptions of any of the places she had been enticing enough to make me want to visit and Did not enjoy this book AT ALL For a highly educated doctor, I expected the writing to be of better quality It was extremely disappointing considering I have an interest in not only travel books, but recently, also in memoirs Since I am on the road over 300 days of the year myself, driving an 18 wheeler with my boyfriend and having traveled the United States and Canada extensively, I did not find the descriptions of any of the places she had been enticing enough to make me want to visit and I ve BEEN to many of the places she mentioned.I think the idea of two shrinks on a bus for a year could have been interesting, but the writing did not reflect as humorously as it could have I actually found it painful to get through the entire thing I wanted to like it, really I did, but I thought it to depict a year of enduring what seemed like a jail sentence in a bus depicted in over 300 pages of whining And I seriously contemplated burning the book before I finished it if she used the word indomitable ONE MORE TIME


  5. John John says:

    This is an entertaining tale of two shrinks and a bus I went to visit them the shrinks and the bus in Boulder, Colorado I saw the bus in its lair I saw the author on the loose, and her husband practicing medicine in a converted Denver warehouse.I even went in an automobile with them There is a high liklihood you will find this story enthralling and amusing, and you will learn to mix exotic drinks, and you will gain valuable insight into the kind of person who may be driving the bus behin This is an entertaining tale of two shrinks and a bus I went to visit them the shrinks and the bus in Boulder, Colorado I saw the bus in its lair I saw the author on the loose, and her husband practicing medicine in a converted Denver warehouse.I even went in an automobile with them There is a high liklihood you will find this story enthralling and amusing, and you will learn to mix exotic drinks, and you will gain valuable insight into the kind of person who may be driving the bus behind you on the highway tomorrow


  6. Mandy Mandy says:

    This was my least favorite book I have read in a long time In fact, I might even use the H word to describe my feelings for it It s honestly the first book I didn t finish in my lifetime.In no particular order here are the reasons I h worded this book the protagonist was not likeable, not well developed, and her epiphany came way too late in the book in fact the last 10 pages Calling her husband project nerd was not funny, the protagonist just seemed like a spoiled brat I am not saying This was my least favorite book I have read in a long time In fact, I might even use the H word to describe my feelings for it It s honestly the first book I didn t finish in my lifetime.In no particular order here are the reasons I h worded this book the protagonist was not likeable, not well developed, and her epiphany came way too late in the book in fact the last 10 pages Calling her husband project nerd was not funny, the protagonist just seemed like a spoiled brat I am not saying the protagonist is a bad person, I am just saying there is NO way someone is this superficially developed in real life the writing style was tell, tell tell There was nothing left to the imagination and it made me very bored the descriptions of the scenery were boring and antiquated it was difficult to read about a couple who spent all this money on granite countertops for a bus to tour around in while our country is in the crapper If the characters were better developed, this could have been funny ironic the historical background of the sites the characters visited were completely out of place, not fluid at all with the rest of her story I am not sure why the author had to keep hitting the reader over the head with the fact that she and her husband are pyschatrists a la dee dah b if that is important information for a story you are about to tell, the reader is not an idiot and will remember this You don t have to keep mentioning it every two pages.I was hoping this book would be a nice summer romp, but really it was just not great I don t mean like Nora Roberts bad, but bad The fact that some people found this book laugh out loud funny makes me feel really bad for humankind and the future of our existence.The saving grace of this book was the drink recipe at the beginning of each chapter Those were nice Different strokes for different folks, but this was not my cup of whiskey infused tea


  7. Annette Annette says:

    I was waiting in line at my local bookstore when I spied a pile of books entitled Queen of the Road Being an avid traveler and lover of memoirs, I picked one up I read the first 2 pages and forgot why I wanted the book I held in my other hand I was hookedlaughing out loud in the check out counter line Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion is a hysterically funny laugh out loud as well as thoughtful and touching memoir about a mid 40ish woman who was convinced by her much loved husband to I was waiting in line at my local bookstore when I spied a pile of books entitled Queen of the Road Being an avid traveler and lover of memoirs, I picked one up I read the first 2 pages and forgot why I wanted the book I held in my other hand I was hookedlaughing out loud in the check out counter line Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion is a hysterically funny laugh out loud as well as thoughtful and touching memoir about a mid 40ish woman who was convinced by her much loved husband to get in a customPrevost bus for a years adventure around the United States a huge step for a self proclaimed bus phobic woman Thus she tries to figure out how to fit just 1 2 of her HUGE collection of shoes, 2 cats and a dog, satellite internet connection, a TV which they then seldom watched and other necessities of her pre bus life into the world s skinniest apartment on wheels Their adventures both travel and personal and their personal discoveries into what really matters to them are heart warming and thought provoking And in the end, it is a love story of a couple learning about themselves, each other and the world around them on the Great American Roadtrip Oh, and by the waythe Queen makes killer martinisrecipes included This is my book of the summermaybe the whole year


  8. JoAnn/QuAppelle JoAnn/QuAppelle says:

    I started out really liking this book and the author s humor, but it quickly grew tiresome I think it would have been muchenjoyable from the husband s point of view because Doreen was just so obnoxious She was so negative, manipulative, and whiny before and during the trip what a spoiled brat I found the constant use of or reference to her title of princess self proclaimed to be annoying It ceased being cute after the 50th time She tried way too hard to be funny and often he I started out really liking this book and the author s humor, but it quickly grew tiresome I think it would have been muchenjoyable from the husband s point of view because Doreen was just so obnoxious She was so negative, manipulative, and whiny before and during the trip what a spoiled brat I found the constant use of or reference to her title of princess self proclaimed to be annoying It ceased being cute after the 50th time She tried way too hard to be funny and often her attempts at humor just fell flat.I also thought the book was poorly written The narrative flow was just not there, and I disliked how disjointed and scattered the story was.It got to the point that I was not even enjoying the descriptions of the places they visited, and this is something I usually like to read I was surprised to see how many good reviews it got


  9. Cindy Cindy says:

    I loved it This might be because I am also a princess west coast variety, no shoe fetish who is the unhappy spouse of a man who likes camping When we returned from our latest trip I was asked how it had gone and my answer was Dirt, bugs, and public restrooms what s not to love Dear hubby wincedThis is the type of book you keep having the urge to read aloud if only to explain the giggling.


  10. Connie N. Connie N. says:

    I ordered this book from Audible simply because it had a title starting with Q, and I was very pleasantly surprised What a fun and entertaining book Doreen Orion is a self proclaimed princess, so she was shocked when her husband suggested they travel around the country for a year in a converted bus They started in Boulder Colorado, proceeded to the South East, went North to New England, then back South, then West, and eventually ending up in Alaska What I loved were the bits of information a I ordered this book from Audible simply because it had a title starting with Q, and I was very pleasantly surprised What a fun and entertaining book Doreen Orion is a self proclaimed princess, so she was shocked when her husband suggested they travel around the country for a year in a converted bus They started in Boulder Colorado, proceeded to the South East, went North to New England, then back South, then West, and eventually ending up in Alaska What I loved were the bits of information about various scenic locations, including fascinating history and her amusing comments Orion has a great sense of humor and she tells a great story, so all of her excerpts were entertaining, with some laugh out loud moments I particularly enjoyed the stories about Maine and the foliage, Key West since I just visited there this year , Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, the nudist RV park, and various stops in Alaska also familiar from a recent vacation It was particularly meaningful to witness the growth both Doreen and Tim went through as they worked together throughout the year, learning how to overcome obstacles and change their behavior I loved their very close relationship, and they both seem like really great people to hang around with I looked for her blog, but unfortunately it seems to be defunct at this point Well narrated by Gwen Hughes, although I was disappointed that she didn t do her homework since some proper names were mispronounced