DON'T THINK TWICE by Barbara Schoichet


Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour
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How a cross-country motorcycle ride helped the author combat severe depression.

“We’ve all had them—those unbelievably bad years in which one thing after another happens, and we begin to think that something greater than ourselves is trying to tell us something,” writes Schoichet. “In my case, it seemed like I was taunting disaster, because before my life went to hell, I was completely unaware I was heading for a storm.” In less than a year, she lost her job as a publicity writer at a major studio, her girlfriend of six years, and her mother. Devastated by these events, the author knew she had to do something daring in order to get on with her life. So she bought a Harley-Davidson online and decided to ride it from Buffalo to Los Angeles. She figured she’d either die on the highway or learn how to live again. Schoichet fills her memoir of her three-week adventure with sketches of the helpful, crazy, and sometimes-creepy characters she met on her journey—e.g., the group of Harley riders who surrounded her when she stopped to stretch her legs on the side of the road and the woman who took care of her after arriving at a motel in a terrible rainstorm, among many others. The author interweaves stories of her mother and her sisters into the details of her life on the road as she tries to gain perspective on everything that happened in the past, and although she didn’t necessarily find a state of Zen, the ride was definitely therapeutic. Schoichet’s account will resonate with bikers and with those who have always wondered what it feels like to go 100 miles per hour on a motorcycle, but others may find the narrative overly self-indulgent and long.

An all-inclusive and honest account of how one woman used a motorcycle journey to come to grips with painful events in her life.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-101-98180-1
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2016


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