Monday, September 1, 2008

Doreen Orion

Doreen Orion is a psychiatrist and award-winning author. Her latest book is a humorous travel memoir, 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 (Broadway Books). It was published in June and is already in fifth printing.

Earlier this month I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished Kristy Kiernan’s Matters of Faith. The entire time I was reading it, I kept wondering where this author has been all my life. This is only her second novel and I feel like I belong to an elite club: people who, years from now will say, “Oh, I read Kristy Kiernan before she was Kristy Kiernan.” Since I write memoir, I really admire novelists, since they imagine entire stories. With Matters of Faith, I appreciated the writing as well as the story. The book manages to raise fascinating issues surrounding the complexities of family ties and belief in God, while maintaining a tense, brisk pace. It made me think and I know the story and characters will stay with me for a long time.
Among the acclaim for Doreen Orion’s Queen of the Road:
“A charming, insightful and – most important – hilarious book that evokes the best of Bill Bryson and David Sedaris, but spotlights the unique voice of a gifted memoirist."
--Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author

“A Charles Kuralt-Albert Brooks-sytle romp in which they meet up with nudists, robbers and more. Required Reading."
--New York Post

"Beneath its fun and frothy exterior, you'll find in this wild ride across America's highways and byways a lovely portrait of a marriage that treats its ups and downs with humor and grace."
--Elle Magazine

"Grade A."
--Rocky Mountain News
To learn more about Doreen Orion and her book, and to see humorous video reenactments of her many disasters on the road (including finding herself at a nudist RV park), visit the Queen of the Road website.

The Page 69 Test: Queen of the Road.

--Marshal Zeringue