The Spectacular Life Lessons from Books About Road Trips

The Spectacular Life Lessons from Books About Road Trips

Hit the open road with these books about road trips. Hop in the getaway car and learn what it takes to write a great Thelma & Louise story with Colleen Oakley.

Do you love road trip books? We will go on a wildly entertaining road trip with a college dropout and an eighty-four-year-old woman on the run from the law in today’s show.

The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley

Today’s Book Gang podcast features an interview with Colleen Oakley discussing her feisty new novel, The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise, which pays tribute to the iconic movie Thelma & Louise

Colleen shares how she aimed to capture various aspects of the film in her story and how her research on police work and investigations informed the development of the missing person case and jewelry heist in the book. 

We also discuss what it takes to write about two very different generations and why she included Tanner’s struggles with chronic pain in her story. 

Don’t miss Colleen’s favorite books in today’s bonus book list with books about road trips for the perfect escape!

Colleen Oakley

Meet Colleen Oakley  

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, You Were There Too, Close Enough to Touch, Before I Go, and The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise. Colleen’s novels have been longlisted for the Southern Book Prize twice, and Close Enough to Touch won the French Reader’s Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 21 languages.

The Spectacular Life Lessons from Books About Road Trips 

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The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

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Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

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Published April 14, 2023 by:

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