As chief style journalist for Vanity Fair, Amy Fine Collins has a whirlwind schedule, packed with glittery parties, swanky shows, and high-profile assignments that keep her busy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week - and as if that's not enough, she's a wife and mother too. In Manhattan where taxis and limousines reign, she never had the time - or need - to learn how to drive. But when the brilliant and determined Amy decided it was time to get behind the wheel and ultimately overcome her lifelong phobia of driving, nothing (except a red light) could stop her. Amy's first driving instructor was efficient, but not very effective, so she dropped her lessons and went back to her glamorous life. But then, as only a true compulsive would, she decided to call the school again and give driving lessons another whirl. This time she was paired with an outrageously handsome, exotic, and mysterious Turkish man named Attila, a.k.a.The God of Driving. Both a character study and a brisk-paced inspirational tale, THE GOD OF DRIVING follows Collins as she becomes captivated by her wise, charismatic instructor and his secret past and obsessed with all things automotive - from motorcycles and sports cars to speedways. And while Attila is totally changing her life, she is also completely transforming his. Lively, humorous, and always entertaining, THE GOD OF DRIVING is a fascinating journalistic odyssey centred on the unlikely bond between a fashionable Manhattan socialite and her magnetic, elusive, guru-like driving instructor.
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"The God of Driving is a real-life story of a friendship that is both delicious and profound. Amy Fine Collins has written a most memorable memoir." -- Susan Isaacs
"One for the eternal bedside table: this tender, wise, and beautifully written hymn to the magic of machines is a book that delights me every time I open it. In one sense a love story and in another a portrait of an entirely unforgettable driving instructor, it is also the perfectly constructed account of one autophobic woman's conversion and redemption, of her fascinating journey to that unique place where Prada yields to Pennzoil. I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful achievement." -- Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor and the MadmanAbout the Author:
Amy Fine Collins is a Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair, where for the past fourteen years she has written about design, art, fashion, vintage Hollywood, and society. She has received three degrees in art history from Swarthmore College and Columbia University, and lives in Manhattan. One day she hopes to drive a Bentley of her own.
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