The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway by Teresa Bruce

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Read The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway Online Free - The Drive follows Teresa Bruce on her 2003 road trip through Mexico and onto the Pan American Highway, in a rickety camper with her old dog and new husband in tow. Bruce first set off on the exact same route in 1973, her parents at the helm and their two young daughters in tow, as a reaction to the accidental death of their youngest child, Bruce's brother John John. Her attempt to follow the route, using her mother's travel journal as an anecdotal guide, is as much about her need for exploration as it is about trying to understand her parents and their pain, and to finally begin to heal her own wounds over the accident.

Bruce is immensely talented in bringing scenery of Central and South America to life—countries from Mexico and Guatemala to Bolivia and Argentina are detailed with her innate attention to detail and sense of storytelling. The Drive details a really incredible journey through these beautiful, at times corrupt and war-torn countries, across roads that are as likely to be barricaded by guerrillas or washed out by floods as they are to be passable.

The Drive is travel writing at its best, combining moments of deep heartbreak with unimaginable joy over a panoply of unforgettable settings.

Title : The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway
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ISBN : 1580056512
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Marie rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 29, 2017

“It isn’t practical, my quest to find my rolling childhood home and say a thirty-years-too-late goodbye to a four-year-old-boy.” This is a memoir of Teresa Bruce who travels the Pan-American Highway in an avion camper with her husband Gary shortly after marriage. This trip mirrors the trip that Te...

Alison rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

The authors parents in the early 70's decided to drive a home made camper, the length of the Pan American-Highway, through Mexico, Central and South America after a tragedy where they lost their young son John-John in an accident. They take off with their two young daughters on a thought out but...

Ruth rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2017

I listened to this book because I've heard Teresa Bruce speak and I love her voice and the cadence of her sentences. I read The Other Mother, which I enjoyed tremendously, but this was the story I really wanted to hear. It didn't disappoint. Incredibly interesting, satisfying and beautiful.

Diane rated it ★★★★★

May 03, 2017

A perfect book for the armchair traveler, as well as, a poignant tribute to one who was lost too soon but will never be forgotten. Think Wild on steroids.

Tracy rated it ★★★☆☆

July 18, 2017

3.5 stars The Drive is a road trip tale, as the title suggests. As a child, Teresa’s father had packed up the family and driven to South America in a dilapidated camper van after the death of his toddler son. Now Teresa wants to retrace those steps with her husband to find the camper and be at pea...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2017

The armchair travel aspect of this title caused me to request an ARC. As much as I love a road trip this is a journey I'll never make. I tagged along on the author's incredible journey through her detailed and intriguing descriptions of regions and events. I gained considerable knowledge by the t...

Connie rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

I like to read memoirs about people living in places I’ve never been to. When I saw this book about a couple who decide to travel the same route her parents took through Mexico and onto the Pan American Highway, 30 years in the past, I was intrigued. I found the book very sad at times, because the...

Jeanne rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

What an adventure! I enjoyed the armchair traveling. I'm afraid I would have given up and gone home less than a week into their 6 month trip.

Jen rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 01, 2017

This book was hard to follow at points.

Patricia rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

Loved every minute of this book! Funny, touching and amazing story about a couple and their unlikely adventures.

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