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 Author’s Biographical Sketch


Stories of the Road
The bicycling adventures in Stories of the Road are base...
STORIES of the ROAD – A Novel by Marie Sansone
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  1. 1. Sustainability/ Environmental Communications Specialist: Angela Adrar - (202) 439-7724 - dancingsparrow@gmail.com 439- PRESS RELEASE: 07.01.09 cross- New Book offers up a cross-country bicycle ride of resilience, hope, and fun. Stories of the Road explores America’s past to help chart our environmental future. (Washington, DC ) – In her new novel, Stories of the Road (Inkwater Press 2009), environmental lawyer Marie Sansone takes us back to the 1970s on a good-humored American road trip. Interwoven with Native American lore, pioneer history, and environmental tales, Stories of the Road is sure to entertain armchair travelers and impress history buffs. When the main characters, college students Tom Steadman and Kara Portola, set off on a lark to bicycle cross-country during the 1976 Bicentennial Summer, they have no idea what they are getting into. Starting out from the Oregon Coast, Tom and Kara travel through extraordinarily beautiful country – the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, Great Plains, and Great Lakes Region. Every day brings a new adventure — drenching rains, steep climbs, encounters with bears, harsh desert terrain, the Teton Dam collapse, a mountain snowstorm, stampeding buffalo, plains headwinds, and dangerous criminals. The novel also explores the emotional experience of a long-distance trip, and the effects of the disappointments, fears, exhaustion, jealousies, and elation on the characters’ relationship. Sansone says that she wrote the book to encourage people to “go outdoors and enjoy this beautiful planet” and, in doing so, “to think about whether there might be some way to stand in better relation to the earth and its inhabitants, and to do so with resilience and hope.” When asked why she selected 1976 as the timeframe for her novel, Sansone explains that America experienced its first bicycle boom just before then. These days, bikes are back and they are cool, judging by the number of online biking blogs and forums. Even the old 10-speeds and vintage camping gear are acquiring a renewed following. In fact, the headlines from the 1970s are not all that different from today’s: an unpopular war, an energy crisis, economic recession, and the rise of environmentalism as a social movement. As America struggles with the consequences of climate change, Sansone says that stories about our natural heritage can help inspire individual response, providing a foundation for creating a sustainable future. Sansone resides in Washington, DC. She has broad experience in environmental, natural resources, and land use law, and previously served as acting director of the District’s Environmental Health Administration. Sansone completed two cross- country bicycling tours during the 1970s, served on a volunteer bike patrol, and is an outdoor enthusiast. Stories of the Road is available in paperback and e-book format through www.Inkwaterbooks.com, www.Amazon.com, and online bookstores. ISBN 978-1-59299-420-5 978- 59299-420- For a review copy or to arrange an interview, book-signing, or book talk with Sansone, please contact Communications Specialist Angela Adrar on (202) 439-7724 or at dancingsparrow@gmail.com. You may also follow the author online at http://mariesansone.blogspot.com, view her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com (Marie Sansone), receive updates from http://twitter.com/talespinning, or visit her website, http://sites.google.com/site/storiesoftheroad, for events and updates. 1
  2. 2. Marie Sansone Author’s Biographical Sketch Stories of the Road The bicycling adventures in Stories of the Road are based upon the author’s bicycle travels in 1976 and 1978, experience bicycle-commuting and as a member of a volunteer bicycle patrol on the Mount Vernon Bike Trail, and years of telling stories around campfires. Marie Sansone graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Philosophy, and from Stanford Law School, with a J.D. She has extensive experience in environmental, natural resources, and land use law. Ms. Sansone previously served as acting deputy director of the District of Columbia’s Environmental Health Administration and as chief of staff for the District’s HIV/AIDS Administration. She grew up in Syracuse, New Author: Marie Sansone York, and is an outdoor enthusiast. Ms. Sansone’s other publications include: • Who Runs the Rivers? Dams and Decisions in the New West (Stanford Environmental Law Society 1983), co-authored with B. Andrews, foreword by Senator D. Moynihan, non-fiction, water resources policy; • Citizens’ Guide to Zoning in the District of Columbia, published by the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section in 2003; • African Odyssey, 18 Stanford Lawyer 86 (Fall 1983), an essay on a trans-Africa truck trip; and • Grand Canyon Prayer, The Grand Canyon River Runner (Fall 2006) (poem). Her author’s blog on http://mariesansone.blogspot.com provides a place to share resources and ideas on the environment, outdoor recreation, and American history and culture; and to explore how the appreciation and enjoyment of nature can further environmental action. Ms. Sansone is available for book talk and book-signing events. She would be happy to meet with book clubs and other groups to discuss Stories of the Road and the environmental topics covered in her blog. To learn more about Stories of the Road, Road visit the: website: http://sites.google.com/site/storiesoftheroad, the author’s blog: http://mariesansone.blogspot.com website Twitter: http://twitter.com/talespinning or Facebook page: www.Facebook.com (Marie Sansone). 2
  3. 3. STORIES of the ROAD – A Novel by Marie Sansone (Inkwater Press 2009) (Available Now through Major Online Retailers) SYNOPSIS PART ONE. After Kara Portola learns of “Bikecentennial,” an organization planning a 4,250 mile ride across ONE. the United States as part of America’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration, she dares her boyfriend, Tom Steadman, to bicycle cross-country. Much to her surprise, Tom accepts the challenge. They decide, however, that they will plan their own route. With limited experience, no time to prepare, and little money, they fly from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Oregon, to begin their three-month-long trip. Tom and Kara spend their first two weeks on the road learning how to handle their fully-loaded bicycles and get along. They struggle through difficult conditions along the coast, through the Cascade Range, and across the eastern Oregon desert. Tom has a near accident when a logging truck passes him. Kara takes a bad fall, ending up with a painful injury. PART TWO. At the Oregon-Idaho border, Tom and Kara cross the Snake River, to their thinking, the TWO. beginning of the “Wild, Wild West.” They bicycle through extraordinarily beautiful country — the Northern Rockies, Craters of the Moon, Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Great Plains, and Upper Midwest. They encounter stories from the Oregon - California - Mormon Pioneer Trails, and become spooked upon reading the Sioux legend of Sica Hollow. Nearly every day brings a new adventure — steep climbs, nude hot springs, bears and bear lore, long desert rides, the Teton Dam collapse, a mountain snowstorm, stampeding buffalo, and extreme plains headwinds. While taking a layover, Tom asks Kara to telephone home for money. PART THREE. After a diversion to the Twin Cities to pick up the money wire, Tom and Kara make their way THREE. to Wisconsin. They spend a perfect summer afternoon tubing the Apple River. The next day begins with roller-coaster hills and a dog chase. Later, with a local festival underway, the Ladysmith police send the bicyclists out of town to camp. During the night, Tom and Kara hear strange noises. Come morning, Tom realizes that he has lost his wallet, containing nearly all their money. They return to town and, this time, Tom telephones home for money. Towards evening, they set out again on the lonely highway. Two drug dealers repeatedly stop and threaten the bicyclists, finally ramming a car into them. The police arrive and take the bicyclists to the hospital. Tom and Kara are troubled by their memories and the DA’s reluctance to prosecute the drug dealers for the assault. Upon recovering, Tom and Kara travel by bus to Green Bay, where Tom’s uncle helps them repair their bikes. They are soon back, out on the road. With Tom’s bike continuing to break down and little time left, the fun has gone out of their trip. Along the shores of Lake Huron, they decide to end their trip. Told with good humor, Stories of the Road is replete with 1970s pop culture, Americana, and Native American lore. Stories provides an alternative vacation, an escape from everyday worries and humdrum. It is a journey played out against the sweep of American history, across a landscape of resilience and hope. – Author, Marie Sansone. Follow book events and updates on the author’s website: http://sites.google.com/site/storiesoftheroad blog: http://mariesansone.blogspot.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/talespinning or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com (Marie Sansone). 3
  4. 4. a novel by Marie Sansone Inkwater Press 2009 1976 - The Bicentennial Summer. SALES INFORMATION Two friends. A bicycle ride across America. Title Stories of the Road Extraordinarily beautiful country — the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Author Marie Sansone Great Plains, and Great Lakes Region. Good adventures, lots of fun, all kinds of ISBN stories – and a few ghosts. 978-1-59299-420-5 When college students Tom Steadman and Kara Retail Price Portola set off on a lark — aiming to bicycle from $27.95 the Oregon Coast to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, and then on home to the East Coast -- they have no idea what they are getting into. Genre General Fiction Between battling the elements and sharing treacherous highways with big trucks, wild animals, and dangerous criminals, Tom and Kara are determined to see Page Count America during its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the 480 pages Declaration of Independence. As their route intersects the old pioneer trails, they delve into the country’s rich, sometimes dark, history and encounter a Trim Size spectrum of colorful characters. 6x9 Told with good humor, Stories of the Road is replete with 1970s pop culture, Binding Americana, and Native American lore. Stories explores the elation of outdoor Paperback adventure travel, along with the disappointments, fears, petty jealousies, and exhaustion, as well as the intractable problem of “headwinds in the soul.” How to Order Stories provides an alternative vacation, an escape from everyday worries and humdrum. It is a journey played out against the sweep of American history, For individual orders: across a landscape of resilience and hope. www.inkwaterbooks.com www.Amazon.com Marie Sansone is an outdoor enthusiast, environmental lawyer, www.BarnesandNoble.com and former director of the District of Columbia Environmental and other online retailers Health Administration. The bicycling adventures in Stories of the Road are based upon two of her cross-country bicycling trips in the 1970s, bicycle commuting, and serving as a member of a volunteer For wholesale orders: bike patrol, along with years of telling stories around campfires. Contact Ingram Book Group Follow Marie at http://sites.google.com/site/storiesoftheroad , n sone www.ingrambook.com http://mariesansone.blogspot.com, Facebook or Twitter. Marie Sa 1-866-400-5351 Or 1970s Outdoor Adventure Cycling Baker & Taylor Camping Nature Historical Dimensions & Perspectives www.btol.com Native American Road Trips National Parks 1-800-775-1800 Nostalgia Americana hope Environmental Questions? Contact Communications Specialist: Angela Adrar at [202]439 - 7724 Conservation Journeys fun Green recreation dancingsparrow@gmail.com 4

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