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The Drive in '65


Loved it! 😍

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I have to admit, my review is biased as a mom raising little Alaskans. When you're able to identify places mentioned, laugh at experiences because you've lived them yourself, fully understand the magnitude, magic, and awe fireflies would have on a child that's never seen them before; well, you feel intimately connected to an author as there's a bond of understanding that would otherwise not be present.

How inspiring and brave to conjure up, save for, and plan out a literal, cross-country road-trip with three, adult women at the helm and five young people; even more so, when you take into account this true story took place in 1965!

What I loved about this book was the historical references: Experiencing the first-hand account of what transpired as the author survived the 1964 earthquake in Alaska to her sharing aspects of the Vietnam War, space exploration, and moves made within the Civil Rights Movement that were taking place in '65.

Relaying the events of 1965 and then expounding upon them by bringing them full-circle as they relate to current events and statistics was a genius move by this author! She did this not only with the events themselves but also in how they played out personally within the lives of her relatives.

The most moving aspect of this book was found within the road trip itself and how it opened everyone's eyes to the abject poverty of certain segments of the American population. To find wonder in intricately woven baskets and to have mercy on the woman selling them was a beautiful thing. It's in those moments you're left wishing you could do more but take solace in the fact that at least you were able to do something; and, it's those same moments that make the deepest impressions and stick with you for a lifetime.

This book is eye-opening to the life you may have been born into, raised up in, and lived in comparison to the lifestyle you provide your own children with. Born in the Mid-West, I've been no stranger to dairy farms and cornfields, and the heat, humidity, and languid days of Summer; however, the same cannot be said for my children. Although I gave birth to an Alaskan, a Texan, and two Wyomingites, my husband and I moved our 4 children to Alaska permanently by the time our oldest was 6 and our youngest 2. They don't recall the land where the buffalo roam and the antelope play instead, they're familiar with moose and bear, whales and salmon; with, (thankfully), nary a skunk in sight! To realize what they don't know vs. what they do brings a smile to my face. It's a stark contrast! Therein begets another layer to this book that's wholesome truth, the differences found from one state to another. There's a culture found in each state that's unique unto itself; we remain blessed, under a banner of freedom, to have the opportunity to experience it all.

Happy trails to you!

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About the author

Sandra Lynne Reed grew up in Alaska and now lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Sandra loves travel, and she blogs about southern Italy at She has three adult children, and plays Scrabble with her husband almost every day. Follow view profile

Published on July 31, 2020

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60000 words

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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