Don’t Think Twice by Barbara Schoichet (A Review by Sarah Ryan)
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They say bad news comes in threes. Barbara Schoichet knows only too well that it’s true. Just before turning 50, a time when most are settled into the mundanity of middle adulthood, her world is turned upside down. Bereft of her job, her girlfriend, and her mother, she finds herself on a new road. I mean that literally – she buys a Harley online then (thanks to stringent DMV laws) decides to ride it from New York to LA. In her memoir Don’t Think Twice, she recounts the journey which brought a host of colourful characters, American icons, and a whole lot of soul searching.
There’s a special place in my heart for women who make bold decisions in order to heal themselves, so you’ll have to forgive if this review isn’t entirely objective. Barbara’s story was both uplifting and heart-wrenching to read. Throughout the book she reflects on her complicated but utterly relatable family history, her relationships, and what it means to be a grown up. She’s a badass, a goof, a smart mouth, and a survivor. The trip didn’t give her all the answers, but it put her in the place to ask the important questions and find the resolve to carry on.
Ideal for fans of Wild,Don’t Think Twice is about doing whatever it takes to become the person you need to be. This is exactly the kind of story we love to hear at GBC and I think it’d make an excellent choice for an upcoming meeting.