Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles
A Love Story
Written by Laura Fahrenthold

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Women; Family & Relationships - Death, Grief, Bereavement; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale Date: June 26, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-57826-768-2

Suddenly widowed and with two young daughters, author and journalist Laura Fahrenthold recounts her courageous and healing journey across the United States and Canada as she seeks answers to her loss and comfort in her grief.

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles presents a moving portrait of life told with unflinching honesty about marriage, motherhood and mourning. Laura Fahrenthold knew that to cope with her painful loss, she needed to do it on her own terms. She bought an RV, took her kids and their dog, and drove across the United States and Canada in search of healing and understanding. A career in journalism fills The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles with insight and wit as Laura shares her adventures and misadventures, her deeply-layered love story, and her hilarious slice of life dispatches during her 30,152-mile road trip.


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Laura Fahrenthold is a mother, widow and writer. Her career in journalism includes both Woman's World and The New York Daily News. Laura has hundreds of newspaper bylines and has won several Associated Press writing awards. Her late husband was Mark Pittman, Bloomberg financial reporter and the first person ever to sue the Federal Reserve. When she isn't working, Laura is mother to her two teenage daughters and serves on the board for the Bereavement Center of Westchester. She resides just outside of New York City. Learn more about


“How do you get past grief? Laura Fahrenthold drove through it with her two daughters, facing down everything from a hungry alligator to a broken heart while scattering her beloved husband Mark Pittman’s ashes across North America—and then some. The story would be sad if it weren’t so hilarious. And hilarious if it weren’t so sad. In the end, they reconnect in eerie, unexpected and surprisingly moving ways.”
Amanda Bennett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative journalist

“Laura Fahrenthold has constructed a jewel. We don’t die anymore; we pass. The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles passes all understanding and, in its courage, gives us life everlasting.”
—Tom Keene, editor-at-large for Bloomberg News and host of Bloomberg Surveillance

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is beautifully written and profoundly moving. Read it and enjoy the ride!”
Karen Duffy, New York Times bestselling author of Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass and Backbone

“In a memoir that is funny and heartfelt, Laura Fahrenthold lives with the grief of losing her husband—the love of her life and her daughters’ father. Her humor and buoyancy invigorate their family’s unconventional approach to mourning and carry the reader forward with a faith that even a relationship cut short by death can continue to sustain us.”
Heather Harpham, author of Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

"Incredible. A brutally honest, fast-moving and ultimately transcendent book about love's life after death."
David Fahrenthold, Washington Post reporter, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner

"Most women, when they lose their husbands unexpectedly, are paralyzed by grief. Laura Fahrenthold—whose award-winning journalist husband succumbed to a heart attack on Thanksgiving Eve, 2009—got moving. With her two young daughters in tow, she decided to move forward—literally. She packed them all into an RV with a pink steering wheel and proceeded to drive across America and Canada, scattering her husband's ashes. The result? A journey of self-discovery and renewal, love and hope, punctuated with stops at Walmart and Costco. Go ahead: take the ride!”
Barbara Hoffman, Arts Editor, The New York Post

“Laura Fahrenthold tackles grief and loss in the most American of ways, hitting the road in a camper with two kids, a dog and her dead husband's ashes. Courageous, brutally honest and observant, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is a classic road story of love and heeling.  It's also laugh-out-loud funny."
Barbara Barker, Newsday

“Laura Fahrenthold takes us on the craziest memorial road trip ever as she scatters her husband’s ashes around the country, her two daughters in tow. Her honest, moving, and often hilarious story makes for a sui generis grief memoir that will resonate with anyone who has had to start life over without a map.”   
Julie Metz, author of Perfection

“A brave, put-your-heart-back-together-again book that’s a lesson for all not to hide grief in dark corners, but rather to take it on the open road to celebrate life.”
Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

“The list of things we're never taught about, but should be, is ridiculously long. Birth, marriage, taxes and death are a few of the biggies. Take a lesson right now from Laura Fahrenthold, on loss and grief, and how to move forward, not just with courage, but also with humour. Revel in it, remember it, pass it on, and when you one day have to find your way through it, you'll be just a little better equipped."
Sue Fitzmaurice, author of Purpose

“...remarkable not just for how Laura handled her husband’s sudden death, but for the journey she takes us on afterwards …. A road trip of the heart. And a bright light for the road that lies ahead for all of us."
Bill Ritter, WABC-TV Eyewitness News anchor