Date: January 2004
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Non-fiction / Travel / relationships
Lynda E. Lukow
Ribbons of Highway: A Mother-Child Journey Across America
By Lori Hein
"The quest to
explore America, to really see it, to feel the nation's strength
and share her people's pride, to see where the country stood, to
gauge it for ourselves..." Lori Hein, Ribbons of Highway: A
Mother-Child Journey Across America
Around the country
in fifty days. No trains, no ships, just a reliable minivan captained
by loving mother determined to ensure that her children discover
America's heart and each other.
After the 9/11 tragedy,
newspaper columnist cum author Lori Hein
consults her two children, plots her course and raids Wal-Mart in
preparation for their 12,000-mile journey. They leave Boston, Massachusetts
in June. Their route leads them south to Tennessee, then west to
the Pacific Ocean, where they make a right turn at Oregon. They
travel through the northern states, and then past the Great Lakes
on their return to Boston in August.
Though this diary contains
vivid descriptions of America's landscape, it is much more than
a travelogue of tourist sights and accommodations. Ribbons of Highway
is a captivating story of a family's bonding in a stressful time.
Along their backroad journey, the Hein family shares their observations
of American resilience and pride.
Though this well
written, informative and inspiring journal may feed the reader’s
wanderlust, it will also remind us that our nation will continue
to be strong and thriving, no matter what. Despite the lack of maps
for the geographically challenged, I highly recommend sharing Ribbons
of Highway with those you love.