Hey! Do You Wanna Go For A Drive?

The Pick: Don’t Make Me Pull Over by Richard Ratay

The Premise: A history of driving trips in America and the things that made them so great — such as highways, motels, drive-thru windows, and, of course, a dad who wouldn’t stop for anything.

The Pros and Cons: I love a good road trip. I grew up taking some epic road trips with my family and now we are torturing, I mean treating our daughters to the same delights. In fact, in just a few days, we are taking a “bucket list” road trip as we drive the Overseas Highway from the Miami area down to the Florida Keys (does anyone else get the Beach Boys stuck in their head when they talk about the Keys? Just me? Okay.).

Don’t Make Me Pull Over highlights everything wonderful about road trips, especially trips in the 1970’s and early 80’s. Richard Ratay invites us along on a few trips he remembers from his youth, and on the way he gives some interesting details about the history of things we tend to take for granted, the highway system itself, for instance. Ratay’s storytelling, and ability to weave interesting historical bits into personal anecdotes make this book a big win. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys American history, a good car ride, or just a little, nostalgia-filled glimpse of the past. (Note: There is one swear word, and a brief reference to alcohol.)

The Perfect Book For: Car enthusiasts, car trip junkies, and history buffs will all get a kick on this Route 66. Consider buying (or finding at your local library) a copy of the audiobook for your next long drive!

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An old photo of us as we prepare for an epic road trip. Note the luggage piled in the back. Also, no, we don’t dress up for road trips, we just happened to be heading out straight after church.

An old photo of us as we prepare for an epic road trip. Note the luggage piled in the back. Also, no, we don’t dress up for road trips, we just happened to be heading out straight after church.