Ticket to Ride

by Sarah Darmody | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 073200845x Global Overview for this book
Registered by SKingList of New York City, New York USA on 10/12/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, October 12, 2005
We've been to Paris with one, India with another. Now it's time to catch a Greyhound - and much more - and cross America as another intrepid Sarah tries to make sense of the vast new country she's won. After a lifetime of winning nothing but the right to be designated driver, Sarah Darmody strikes it rich in a contest so bizarre most people think it's an urban legend - the Green Card lottery. Her prize: the right to live and work in America forever, all for less than the price of an instant Scratchie.But it's going to cost her much more.

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!'

Journal Entry 2 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, October 12, 2005
I started to read this book on the way home today and she gets it, she really does. People either don't get the travelling thing or expect it to always be perfect. It's not. She manages to make this poing without whinging which is the downfall of some travel books.

More on this later when I finish but I'm already seeing a lot of similarities with my own thoughts.

Journal Entry 3 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I really loved this book. Finished it yesterday, on the bus no less, and felt very grateful that Greyhound in Australia isn't nearly as bad as in the US.

More later when the book is in front of me :)

Journal Entry 4 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
It seems never to late to be a lawyer, director, composer, designer, master chef or mother of six home-schooled geniuses

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.

POssible ring if anyone is interested.

Journal Entry 5 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Book Ring:

Kirst040 - Sydney, NSW
Awaywithfairies - Sydney, NSW
sydney2259 - NSW
Blakkat-BNE Brisbane, QLD
Frangipanis - Rockhampton, QLD
Magicjessnrach - Adelaide, SA
Tramgirl - Melbourne, VIC (Prefers Aust Only)
Charliewendy - Yarra Glen, VIC [can ship overseas]
Totoroandmei - Fukuoka, Japan (surface OK)
TFunk2o05 - Osaka, Japan

Gussy916 - India (Ship Anywhere)

sudokugirl - Bosnia and Herzegovia
Piggeldy - Germany, (surface mail - Europe Only)
Samulli - Germany

Dodau, UK (can ship overseas)
LyzzyBee, UK (can ship overseas)

Annkrozeika, UK (UK Only)
Caffy, UK (overseas OK)
Hopesandfears - England
Jaycee1972, UK (Overseas OK)

Ajsmom, Canada (Can ship overseas)
Buffra, US
Karenlea - California, USA
Ldpaulson - California, USA
Rangerfan - Oklahoma, US
Collectorkerri - Illinois, USA
KarenZero - Brooklyn, New York
Napper - Brooklyn, NY
Anatra - US
thegoaliegirl - Seattle, US
SKingList (NY)

Binkybuffy - asked to be skipped
EnchantedWoods - could not be reached - July 12
Triggerfish - asked to be skipped 7.13.07

PM Me if you want in, but please leave a note in the forum post as well as I am having some issues with PMs.

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.

Journal Entry 6 by SKingList at bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Released 16 yrs ago (10/26/2005 UTC) at bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Posted off to kirst040 this morning. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 7 by kirst040 from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, October 31, 2005
Arrived today thanks SKingList, looks great.
I'm having a bit of a bookring/ray emergency at the moment but I'll get to it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 8 by kirst040 from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, November 26, 2005
Loved it. You're absolutely right SKingList, she really does get it.

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.

Journal Entry 9 by wingawaywithfairieswing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Found in the letterbox this evening when I got home from work. Look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 10 by wingawaywithfairieswing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, December 12, 2005
Loved this book. It could so easily have been about me and my experiences, especially the chapters about New York and Las Vegas. I also come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful plans while travelling and completely identified with the comment "I could become a celebrity adobe gardener and move to Santa Fe".

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.


Posted to sydney2259.

Journal Entry 12 by sydney2259 on Thursday, December 15, 2005
Just received the book this morning in the post, thanks so much am really looking forward to reading this one. Will start it this weekend and keep it moving onwards asap.

Journal Entry 13 by sydney2259 on Monday, December 26, 2005
Fantastic book, absolutely loved it! Will be sending it on to the next participant shortly, just waiting on the address.

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...

Journal Entry 14 by blakkat-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, January 9, 2006
Arrived yesterday afternoon! I've got a couple of books I should read ahead of it but then I'll get into it :) Thank you, sydney2259 and SKingList for passing this book on :)

***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...

Journal Entry 15 by blakkat-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, January 19, 2006
I finished reading this book on Wednesday night. I absolutely loved this book and some of the things Sarah wrote totally reflect the way I feel. I am an Aussie and no matter how nice another country is, there's no way that I want to give up that part of myself. Being Australian is a core part of who I am and even if I lived in another country, it is one thing that would never change.
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.

Journal Entry 16 by blakkat-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, February 20, 2006
Posted yesterday! Very sorry about the delay *sheepish look*

Journal Entry 17 by frangipanis from Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Arrived safely in the mail, thanks ... will start reading it tonight ...

Journal Entry 18 by frangipanis from Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Sunday, May 14, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it made me want to buy a bus ticket and experience this myself ... posting to the next person on the list today ... thanks for sharing ...

Journal Entry 19 by magicjessnrach from Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
This arrived today, thank-you. I am looking forward to reading it just as soon as I finish the bookring I am currently reading :)

How's Japan treating you Cari?

Journal Entry 20 by magicjessnrach from Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Australia on Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Wow great book but it has taken me weeks to read! What with the job, kids, house and now the soccer I never seem to get time to read. Anyway I've finished it finally and am pming the next participant so I can send it on. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

Sent on to Tramgirl, enjoy!

Journal Entry 21 by TramGirl from Ballarat, Victoria Australia on Monday, July 17, 2006
This book arrived in today's mail. It will likely be next on my TBR pile.

Journal Entry 22 by TramGirl from Ballarat, Victoria Australia on Sunday, August 13, 2006
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy read, it was interesting reading about the authors experience while taking this trip. It made me want to go back to America and explore some of the places she mentioned, especially when she talked about living in some of the towns, she made it sound so enticing that I wanted to as well. I just don't think I'd do via Greyhound!

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.

Journal Entry 23 by TramGirl from Ballarat, Victoria Australia on Friday, August 18, 2006
19/8 - Posted on to Charliewendy today. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 24 by charliewendy from Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Thanks Tramgirl, received today, safe and sound.

Journal Entry 25 by charliewendy from Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 25, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. Sarah took me to places in the US that I would never have heard about otherwise. She has a great sense of adventure (and humour too!)I hope she is having more adventures because I would definately like to read more.
I've sent this off to Totoroandmei today, 26 Sept.
Thanks SKingList for sharing!

Journal Entry 26 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Monday, October 2, 2006
Arrived today. In the middle of a book but will start once I am done. Thanks for sharing SKingList!

Journal Entry 27 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Saturday, October 21, 2006
Enjoyed the book a lot and made me fear Greyhound even more. Will send on to the next reader on Monday.

Journal Entry 28 by Tfunk2o05 from Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Got it!!! I love getting books in the mail! :) I'm going to read it when I'm done with the Tom Robbins I'm reading now! :)

Journal Entry 29 by Tfunk2o05 from Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Ok Sorry I'm a slack ass. I finished this book about a week ago and I'm just now mailing it off. I'm sorry everyone.

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! :)

Journal Entry 30 by gussy916 from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Wednesday, January 3, 2007
...And it's here! my first ring in the New Year!
Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sending it all the way to India TFunk...loved the Japanese stamps!!

Journal Entry 31 by gussy916 from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
...and shes off again!
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!

Journal Entry 32 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday, January 25, 2007
It's here! :) Can't wait to start it.

Journal Entry 33 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, February 3, 2007
Great book, absolutely loved it :) I found myself chuckling and nodding at her observations, especially the ones about american coffee, food and cinnamon and Christmas obsessions. I particularly enjoyed the fact that she doesn't try to be pc about the things she sees, something that ruins so much of travel writing I've come across. I guess the fact that I'm a 24 year old female who's in the middle of the „what to do, where to go“ dilemma makes it easier for me to identify with the writer and her experiences, but I really think this is a good travel book anyone can enjoy. And how can you not wish to visit Santa Fe and Truth or Consequences after reading this? :)

I have Piggeldy's address and will send the book on Monday.

05/02/2007 Sent to Piggeldy

Journal Entry 34 by Piggeldy from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, February 11, 2007
The book arrived here safely! I think I can start reading this week :-)

Journal Entry 35 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Arrived safely today. I have one other bookring book in the house, but I am used to reading more than one book at a time, so it shouldn't take me long.

Journal Entry 36 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Monday, March 26, 2007
This was a very enjoyable read and I'm quite sad that it's over already.
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.

Journal Entry 37 by dodau from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Arrived today. Next to be read and looks great

Journal Entry 38 by dodau from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 8, 2007
Great book, very interesting and funny. Gives you a different view of America.

Released 14 yrs ago (4/25/2007 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada



Journal Entry 40 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, April 27, 2007
Recieved today. I have one book to finish and one ring ahead of it so this should be read and on its way in a week or so. Looks great!

Journal Entry 41 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, May 14, 2007
I really enjoyed this travel book and it was an interesting contrast with other similar books, such as Irma Kurtz's Greyhound travels. The idea that she was testing out her citizenship was both a good peg to hang the book on, and a good idea in the first place. Well-rounded, self-effacing and thoughtful.

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.


Mailing to the next reader today.

Journal Entry 43 by Annkrozeika from Downham Market, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Thanks LyzzyBee, it was waiting for me when I got home today (& thanks for the postcard!)

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.

Journal Entry 44 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Friday, July 13, 2007
Temporary ring-jack...

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.


Journal Entry 45 by FordieZo at UK, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 10, 2011
It's me, Annkrozeika. Is this the longest bookring stall ever? I'm SO sorry! And horribly embarrassed. I haven't been bookcrossing for years and the book was put away in storage while I moved house. It's just been found and I am happy to report, over 4 years later, it is safe and sound. Now where should it be going next?

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