Join C. Jane Taylor on her unique North American Book Tour! Jane has been across the US and Canada at people’s houses, libraries, motorcycle shops, colleges, and more traveling by motorcycle, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Plainville! Her memoir SPIRIT TRAFFIC: A MOTHER'S JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY recounts how, at the age of 50, Jane learned to ride a motorcycle and set off with her husband and son on a 10,000-mile adventure that took them into uncharted territory-both as novice riders, and as a family. The book is a colorful travelogue of a bucket-list bikers' route across America and an unflinching memoir of a middle-aged mom conquering her fears (on and off the bike), unpacking a complicated childhood with an addict father and stoic mother, and ultimately, learning to let go of her only child. During this event, Jane will arrive by motorcycle, share her story, and will invite attendees to share their own adventure stories Moth-style, followed by a signing. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the event. Please bring a valid ID if you plan to drink. Register to attend the free event below.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Spirit Traffic recounts how, at the age of 50, the author learned to ride a motorcycle, overcame the terror of navigating her steep dirt driveway in Vermont, and, three days after her son's college graduation, set off with him and her yoga-teacher husband (his stepdad) on a 10,000-mile two-wheel adventure that took them all into uncharted territory-both as novice riders, and as a family. As if in the saddle of her dual-sport BMW, the reader will experience the good, the bad, and the heartbreak of her journey as a soon-to-be-empty-nester grappling with impermanence, sexuality, hot flashes, high winds, and tailgating tour buses.
Spirit Traffic is at once a colorful travelogue of a bucket-list bikers' route across America and an unflinching memoir of a middle-aged mom conquering her fears (on and off the bike), unpacking a complicated childhood with an addict father and stoic mother, and ultimately, learning to let go of her only child. (Think Blue Highways meets Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Operating Instructions meets Wild.)
With its first-person accounts of legendary rides such as the Burr Trail, Hell's Backbone Road, and the Pacific Coast Highway, Spirit Traffic will find a ready audience among bikers. But as a midlife memoir, Spirit Traffic will also resonate for anyone who is navigating the departure of a child, negotiating the dynamic tensions of family, or simply yearning for life's next adventure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C. Jane Taylor is a writer, a biker, a mom, a wife, a warrior, and sometimes a bit of a chicken, but when she got the invitation from AARP to join their organization, she ripped the letter up and bought a motorcycle. Jane was a high school dropout at 16, a college grad at 20, a single mom at 30. She's been a cook for a baroque orchestra, a sculptor’s assistant, an SEO ‘expert,’ and a yoga teacher. She started (and stopped three years later) her own welding shop. She has repaired farm equipment under the blazing sun on the Fourth of July and decorated cakes baked to resemble the Palace of Versailles on Bastille Day. Writing has been the foundation of each of these roles. She has often played Sancho Panza to someone else’s Don Quixote. But now that her Rocinante has two wheels, she takes on the windmills herself. She lives, writes, and rides in Hinesburg, Vermont with her husband John who is a yoga teacher and their dog Dewey, who is also a yoga teacher. Visit her website at cjanetaylor.com