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

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

Mike Leonard

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. This edition's exclusive DVD features never-before-see

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. This edition's exclusive DVD features never-before-see
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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. This edition's exclusive DVD features never-before-see

Language:

English

Narrators:

Marc Cashman

Length:

7h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:19


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:16


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:03


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:26