Blind Curves

Blind Curves

A Woman, A Motorcycle, and A Journey to Reinvent Herself

Book - 2014
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After months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a fifty-seven-year-old widow, Linda Crill is still miserable, until she makes a rebellious, spur-of-the-moment decision : she trades her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and commits herself to a 2,500-mile road trip down America's Pacific Northwest coast on a Harley. The problem is that she doesn't know how to ride and has only thirty days to learn. Four short weeks later, Linda joins two men and a woman for a white-knuckle, exhilarating road trip along the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada, to the wine country of Mendocino, California. Along the way she encounters washed-out mountain roads, small-town hospitality, humming redwoods, and acceptance from gentle souls who happen to have tattoos and piercings. By heading into the unknown - the blind curve - she faces her fears, tests old beliefs, and discovers not only a broader horizon of possibilities to use in building the next phase of her life but also the fuel to make it happen. Funny, irreverent, and extraordinarily honest, it is the perfect read for people looking forward to re-inventing themselves and anyone asking, "Why not?" -- inside front cover.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781629145709
Branch Call Number: 796.7092 CRILL
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 23, 2017

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was looking for awakenings, insights, and interesting stories on the journey. However, the author was fixated through the entire book on her motorcycle, learning to ride it, maneuver it, etc. And though I can understand how that needed to be a part of the book, she rarely deviated from it. She made the entire Pacific Northwest route where she gave only a couple of pages to the surroundings. Overall, I found the book tedious lacking in atmosphere and engaging storytelling. The author is used to giving talks and speeches before crowds for work she does. And maybe that is where the problem is. She writes like someone standing before a crowd trying to do an infomercial. I actually found myself skimming through areas of the book so that I could reach the end, hoping that she would something of real interest. Ah well, maybe the next book.

Jan 14, 2015

While this is somewhat instructive of what a beginning motorcycle will experience, the author is geographically challenged and did not bother to learn where she was while on the Island off the west coast of Canada. She refers to Victoria Island so many times it destroys her credibility as a writer. There is a new age kind of quality to the writing about her personal journey and it makes the message sound hackneyed and trite.


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