The Little Road Trip Handbook, by Erin McHugh (27 August — 30 August)

Speaking of wanting to go on a road trip… this book is really making me long for one! Scott and I go on “road trips” all the time, driving a long way to get places, but this book is more to get you ready for a Kerouac-type trip — maybe you have a destination in mind, but there’s plenty of time to stop and see anything and everything else along the way!

McHugh sets out the important things for a road trip: who and what to bring (and NOT to bring!), what music to listen to, how to assign duties for your fellow road-trippers (from Driver to Mapper to Point Man), and even what games to play when you get bored. And, of course, the obligatory “weird state laws section”:

• Getting a fish drunk is unlawful.
• A driver must honk the horn when he or she passes another car. (This is totally in the driver’s ed manual, but I have never heard anyone do it, ever.)
• No one may be arrested on Sunday or the Fourth of July. (Mmhmm…)
Newark, NJ
• Selling ice cream after 6 p.m. is illegal unless the customer has a note from his doctor.

• Daring a child to purchase beer is against the law.

And more, of course, but those are the ones I enjoyed. 🙂

I definitely need to buy a copy of this book and put it in my glove box.

Rating: 8/10

See also:
Dreadlock Girl Reads

Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.

6 thoughts on “The Little Road Trip Handbook, by Erin McHugh (27 August — 30 August)

  1. Mary says:

    I feel like selling ice cream in Newark after 6pm is illegal because it's a good place to hide cocaine…

    God, I hate this state. ((sigh))

    I wondered exactly what this was when I saw it on your GoodReads. Now, I am intrigued.

  2. Amy says:

    I need to figure out GoodReads, but that's on my list for today. I now have an urge to find a child and dare him/her to purchase beer just as a test.

    Can I be back in Ohio yet?

  3. Alison says:

    -laughs- I knew you guys would appreciate those weird laws! I was very curious about the ice cream thing… cocaine? Really?

    Also, Amy, you will be back in Cleveland on the 19th! Just, you know, stay here and live in my house and don't get any fish drunk.

  4. Mary says:

    Yeah, a lot of Newark is run-down and hella dangerous after dark. Thus, hiding cocaine in ice cream was the best reasoning I could come up with.

  5. Amy says:

    You know, the cocaine thing does seem perfectly reasonable. Also, I'm thinking of bringing this book up in my brand new American road culture class.

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