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The Ride of Our Lives - Roadside Lessons of an American Family

Mike Leonard

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Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At eighty-seven, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of sixty years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite-pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals along with three of his grown kids and a daughter-in-law into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month? Mike was thinking that he wanted to give his parents the ultimate family reunion. And so, one February morning, three generations of Leonards set out on their journey under the dazzling Arizona sky. Thirty minutes later, one of the humongous recreational vehicles has an unplanned meeting with a concrete island at a convenience store. Thus begins the adventure of a lifetime-and an absolute gem of a book. In the course of their humorous, often poignant cross-country tour, from the desert Southwest to the New England coastline, the Leonards reminisce about their loves, their losses, and their rich and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) lives, while encountering a veritable Greek chorus of roadside characters along the way. The home stretch finds the clan racing back to Chicago, hoping to catch the arrival of the next generation, Jack and Marge's first great-grandchild. Through it all, Mike pieces together acentury of family lore and lunacy-and discovers surprising sides to his parents that allow him to see them in a whole new light. Mike Leonard has captivated millions of television viewers with his wry and witty feature stories for NBC's Today. Now he brings that same engaging charm and keen insight to the foibles and passions of his own blessedly unique family. By turns uproariously funny and deeply moving, The Ride of Our Lives delivers a lifetime of laughs, lessons, and priceless memories.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 50m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:37


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:20