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Title:
Peking to Paris : life and love on a short drive around half the world
Author:
Bennett, Dina, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
x, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"In this thrilling journey from "Peking to Paris, " a woman tries to save her car, her marriage, and her confidence from breaking down. In May 2007, leaving China's Great Wall is Car 84, one of 125 antique autos racing in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The 1940 LaSalle is guided by Dina Bennett, the world's least likely navigator: a daydreamer prone to carsickness and riddled with self-doubt. She's married to the driver, a thrill-seeking perfectionist who is half-human, half-racecar. What could go wrong? Funny, self-deprecating, and marred by only a few acts of great fortitude, Peking to Paris is first and foremost a voyage of renewal. As Dina and her husband, Bernard, nurse their car across the Gobi, Siberia, and the Baltic states and south to Paris, she wrestles with nuts and bolts, along with the absurd hope that she can turn herself into a person of courage and patience. Writing for every woman who's ever doubted herself and any man who's wondered what the woman traveling with him is thinking, Dina brings you with her as she ducks rock-throwing Mongolians and locks horns with Russians left over from the Intourist era, endures a sandstorm facial, and is reduced to tears of joy over a bottle of red nail polish. It's a rollicking ride, one that shifts the line between possible and impossible, and gives new meaning to the phrase "off the beaten tourist path.""--
General Note:
Originally published: 2013.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781629146577
Format :
Book

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In this thrilling journey from "Peking to Paris," a woman tries to save her car, her marriage, and her confidence from breaking down.

In May 2007, leaving China's Great Wall is Car 84, one of 125 antique autos racing in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The 1940 LaSalle is guided by Dina Bennett, the world's least likely navigator: a daydreamer prone to carsickness and riddled with self-doubt. She's married to the driver, a thrill-seeking perfectionist who is half-human, half-racecar. What could go wrong?

Funny, self-deprecating, and marred by only a few acts of great fortitude, Peking to Paris is first and foremost a voyage of renewal. As Dina and her husband, Bernard, nurse their car across the Gobi, Siberia, and the Baltic states and south to Paris, she wrestles with nuts and bolts, along with the absurd hope that she can turn herself into a person of courage and patience.

Writing for every woman who's ever doubted herself and any man who's wondered what the woman traveling with him is thinking, Dina brings you with her as she ducks rock-throwing Mongolians and locks horns with Russians left over from the Intourist era, endures a sandstorm facial, and is reduced to tears of joy over a bottle of red nail polish. It's a rollicking ride, one that shifts the line between possible and impossible, and gives new meaning to the phrase "off the beaten tourist path."


Author Notes

Dina Bennett worked side by side with her husband until they sold their soft ware firm and abandoned corporate life for a hay and cattle ranch. Sineer then she has untangled herself from barbed wire just long enough to get into even worse trouble in old cars on over fifty thousand miles of far-off roads.


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Booklist Review

If racing from Beijing (Peking) to Paris in an antique automobile sounds like a nightmare to you, then Bennett will be the perfect guide. Where travel memoirists tend toward the intrepid adventurer, Bennett is another sort altogether. She gets car sick. She stresses about having to read a map. She surveys her fellow racers with the emotional maturity of a high-schooler, desperately wanting to be part of the cool crowd. At times, she's every bit as annoying as anyone would be after spending day after mind-numbing day riding in a perpetually broken-down car across relentlessly not-at-all-scenic terrain. If the reader, like Bennett, expects to encounter colorful characters along the way, she will, like Bennett, be disappointed to learn that she actually spends a disproportionate amount of time in auto-repair shops. But, ultimately, the race accomplishes what Bennett had hoped: she grows closer to her husband, Bernard, as they become completely dependent on each other in their two-person bubble. She even discovers a love of the road, proving it's all about the journey, not the destination.--Wetli, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Preface: Flirting with Disasterp. 1
Beijing: Take Onep. 3
Courthouse Revelationsp. 7
Why I Said Yesp. 13
Beijing: Take Twop. 17
Grill That Beaver, Ride That Ditchp. 23
Car Troublesp. 29
What I Learnedp. 41
Beijing: Take Threep. 51
In Which I Make Friendsp. 57
Finding Roxannep. 63
Three, Two, Onep. 71
Into the Chinese Countrysidep. 79
Frozenp. 85
Borders: Take Onep. 89
Time Trialp. 97
Sandstormp. 101
Giving Up Goldp. 107
Ulaanbaatar Pizzap. 115
A Good Dayp. 121
The Nature of Thingsp. 125
Trouble-Free Day, Troubling Eveningp. 129
What Women Dop. 137
Circus Elephantp. 141
Morning Ritualsp. 147
A New Countryp. 151
Our Private Heavenp. 157
Fixersp. 163
Siberian Cartoonsp. 171
Police Proceduralp. 179
Truckin'p. 185
Balletp. 193
Going Solop. 199
Borders: Take Twop. 205
Race Bunnyp. 211
Bondsp. 215
Finished?p. 221
Post P2P Bluesp. 227
Epilogue: Are We There Yet?p. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Appendix 1 Roxanne's Rebuildp. 247
Appendix 2 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2007 Routep. 251
Appendix 3 Peking to Paris Competitor Vehiclesp. 255
Appendix 4 What Roxanne Carried with Herp. 261
Appendix 5 Rally Terminologyp. 265
About the Authorp. 270

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