Growing up in rural Minnesota, "going on a trip" in Lori Spangler's childhood meant traveling twenty miles to her grandparents' house. As she grew older and ventured out of the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Lori discovered her love of travel. From Hawaii to Maine, Lori has crossed the border of every state. Her debut book, Miles of Memories: One Woman's Journey to All 50 States, not only takes readers on a unique road trip, it validates that anyone can do anything they set their mind to. Following her travels from state to state in , Lori includes fun tidbits she learned on her journey to join the All Fifty States Club. Each chapter ends with "Lori's Learning," where she includes words of wisdom she gleaned from her travels. Having set her own personal goal and succeeded, Lori has advice for others looking to add traveling to all 50 states to their bucket list: do it! Lori encourages readers to have fun and enjoy everything they experience--flat tires and smelly fish included.
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About the Author
Lori Spangler is a native Minnesotan with a zest for living. Kids and dogs appreciate her infectious laugh, witty sense of humor and positive outlook. When not indulging in her passion for travel, Lori can be found reading, biking, spoiling her nieces and nephews, eating ice cream or teaching others the finer points of public speaking. She lives in Minnesota with her plants.
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Miles of Memories: One Woman’s Journey to All 50 States by Lori Spangler is an engaging book where readers are taken on a road trip to fifty states along with the author. Written in the order she has visited, the author points out the uniqueness of each state because of its geography, people, food, history, and tourist destinations. The longer chapters show more time spent in them, which gave her time for more adventures. Her traveling alone saved her from the arguments of where to go first and what to do, and encouraged her to meet new people. She also discovered that solitude is good for the soul, and every chapter ends with her words of wisdom she gathered from all her travels. Written in chronological order, the book is educational and informative and is a good tool for all those who want to know about the various states. It’s a good book to have in school libraries as it can be used for reference and the author’s tidbits and adventures make it an entertaining read. Books like this are uplifting and it will also encourage readers to travel and discover new places on their own. The frequently asked questions at the end of the book are helpful and useful to readers to clear any doubts when it comes to traveling and visiting all fifty states in the United States. The book captures the essence, culture, food, history, people, and living in the different parts of the United States extensively and methodically, making it a good travel book to read and own in a personal collection.