Ticket to Ride
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Fingerprinted, stripped, x-rayed, measured and investigated, she's warned that unless she commits serious time to her new country and uses her Green Card, she loses it. So, armed with an ugly red backpack, a tattered map, and a wad of hard-earned tips stuffed into her bra, she sets off to circumnavigate the continental US of A by way of another legendary American ticket to ride, the Greyhound bus - and to go where no tourist has even been before.
However romantic it might look in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Sarah soon discovers the Greyhound is more 'Midnight Cowboy' territory, favoured by the desperately poor, the despicably odoured and the dubiously paroled. But she gradually becomes at one with her new tribe as each trip becomes a private Jerry Springer show on wheels, filled with truly unforgettable characters and their stories. And as she is expelled into ever more amazing and improbable places, from New York to Santa Fe, Montana to Minnesota, New Orleans to Savannah, and is inexplicably drawn to a town called Truth or Consequences, she finds herself falling in love with the huge, unwieldy, crazy, ugly, beautiful and mixed-up kid that is the US of A, along with an addiction to airconditioning, fried food and the great American refrain: "I gots rights!'
More on this later when I finish but I'm already seeing a lot of similarities with my own thoughts.
More later when the book is in front of me :)
So so true, and I know exactly what she's feeling. Every time someone asks me what I want to be or do I have at least six answers and wonder whether it isn't way past time to know exactly what I want to do.
And I understand what she meant when her friends said she'd already seen America, my friends said the same after my last trip here. They don't realise that there's a lot more to a country than what you see in a quick three week holiday or in SD's case, a semester abroad and an internship.
Love how she gets the it's not perfect but it's home feeling. There's no country in the world that's perfect but each is home to someone which makes some of the faults less visible. I know NYC isn't perfect but it's home.
I was also surprised and not by her final decision. I understand the indecision. The not knowing which way to go. I was offered sponsorship back in Brisbane and turning it down took a lot of thought, but I don't regret it. I saw and did what I came to see and do and I'm happy with that. I can always come back for a holiday but NY and the US is home to me.
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ETA 27 October: OK, all set to go. People have asked in the past about labelling and/or covering the book with contact paper. If you feel like it and have the supplies, go for it. I just don't have any labels left--and since it's going to BCers I don't worry, nor do I have any contact paper.
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Posted off to kirst040 this morning. Happy Reading!
I'm having a bit of a bookring/ray emergency at the moment but I'll get to it as soon as I can.
The big thing about this for me was that I really related to Sarah, she could have been me or any one of my friends. While I love the whole travel memoir genre too often I feel too far removed from the writer, I'm unlikely to follow my partner to live in another country, I'm not middle aged, or male, or likely to take silly risks while travelling. Ticket to Ride is a travel story that I could live.
She's certainly opened my eyes to the travel opportunities in the US. I always thought that as long as I saw New York I didn't have to bother with the rest of the country but this has made me reconsider. I think that if I get the chance to go to America again I'll certainly see a bit more of it.
This was well written and quite funny and apart from being a great insight into US culture it also gave me something to think about with regard to the whole concept of 'home'.
Thanks for starting this ring SKingList, I see this little book has a long journey ahead of it so I'm going to cover it in contact and will mail it off to awaywithfairies tomorrow.
The "where does my future lie?" dilemma was experienced by a friend of mine who also won the Green Card Lottery a few years ago. She is now happily living in San Francisco. And to think, I originally thought the Lottery was a massive con designed to scam dollars from foreign innocents who wanted to live the American Dream. Seems that it's actually the real deal!
To be released shortly.
Thank you for sharing this one :)
Edited to add, this book is leaving tomorrow 05th January. Sorry for the delay in getting it out, things are hectic here over New Years...
***UPDATE 16/01/2006*** Started reading this last night whilst reclining in the lazy boy. Had me rolling on the floor with laughter fairly quickly :P Classic, absolutely classic...
I loved reading about all the different people Sarah encountered on her travels - I certainly met a few weird ones when I was in San Fran! :S
Thank you very much, Cari for sharing this book! :)
I'm waiting to hear back from Frangipanis so I can send this on.
How's Japan treating you Cari?
Sent on to Tramgirl, enjoy!
I wasn't sure at the end of the book whether she is still using her green card, I have a feeling she would be. If its easy to maintain then its certainly not something that should be given up easily! I certainly wouldn't anyway!! :)
This will be sent on this week.
I've sent this off to Totoroandmei today, 26 Sept.
Thanks SKingList for sharing!
Anyways, here's my thoughts. Really I thought the book was just Ok...
I feel like she kind of knew what she was in for, by taking a few buses while she did her study abroad in the US. So part of me feels like she only did it to write the book. I also don't feel like I was in the target audience of people she was writing for, which is ok. There were a few parts that made me laugh, but over all I think I just expected more.
Oh well, I hope everyone else enjoys it! :)
Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sending it all the way to India TFunk...loved the Japanese stamps!!
All the way from India to Bosnia! I am sooo excited about this book travelling there. It's my first book to travel to Bosnia and I wish I were going along too.
About the book? I quite enjoyed it - I completely relate to the attachment she has to her homeland - I know I would never be able to consider leaving my India to liv outside, as beautiful and attractive as they may seem...for me - India is and always will be the only place I feel welcome and comfortable. But I love travelling, and who knows if I will ever see America - so this book was delightful as a bedside travel tour! I especially loved the "uhh huuuuh" women....!! Made me feel like I was there. Infact my bottom actually hurts after all that bus riding!!hahaha!
unfortunately I had to leave it incomplete since I do not have the time to complete it. I am leaving the country tomorrow and I dont want the book to still be here while I'm not! So she's off to Bosnia.
Safe travels dear book - and hope you enjoy it Maja!
I have Piggeldy's address and will send the book on Monday.
05/02/2007 Sent to Piggeldy
Sarah is a charming narrator and she seems like a very likeable girl. There were so many paragraphs I actually wanted to copy from the book, because I kept thinking "that's me she's talking about" and "I felt exactly the same at the time". But I didn't mark them while I read and I just can't be bothered to look them up now.
I travelled on the Greyhound only once, well twice actually: from Boston to Toronto and back. And, believe me, it felt like it took me forever to get there. I have great respect for Sarah's achievement to actually circumnavigate the whole of the States on these contraptions. And I think, we even met some of the same people...
Her writing style reminded me a bit of Bill Bryson at times (and coming from a die-hard Bryson-fan that's quite a compliment!). I was laughing out loud a lot.
The only little thing that kept bugging me a bit was that she kept referring to her sticky, smelly, dirty clothes (which I can only too well relate to), but didn't ever seem too bothered to actually wash them. I think she mentioned a visit to a laundromat about twice in the whole course of the book. I found that a bit odd, because I remember the first thing I did after arriving in Toronto (besides taking a shower) was washing the clothes I had worn on the bus, because I didn't even wanna pack them in my backpack again for fear they might spoil the clean ones I still had in there.
But except for that tiny thing, I very much enjoyed the book and the memories of my own travels it brought back to me.
Thanks a lot, SKingList, for giving me the chance to read this book (which I wouldn't have found without Bookcrossing). I already have dodau's address and the book will travel to England tomorrow.
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I have to say though that Albuquerque is a *lovely* place really! I've been several times, and to Santa Fe too. I prefer the former!
I thought I'd PM'd the next person but no record of it so am trying again now. Thanks for the opportunity to read this excellent book. I will look out for other stuff by this author.
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Mailing to the next reader today.
Well this is the second ring-book I have received in a week and they both originated with SKingList! :o)
I will get through both as quick as I can.
I had to reshuffle the remaining UK participants due to the int'l shipper dropping out. Please let me know if this causes any issues.