Don't Call Me Mrs Rogers: Love, Loathing and Our Epic Drive Around the World
At the turn of the millennium, American-born Paige Parker and investment guru Jim Rogers spend three years—1,101 days to be exact—driving over six continents in their "sunburst yellow" coupe and trailer, ultimately setting a Guinness World Record. During the epic journey, Paige's world view is turned upside down, eventually leading her and her family to their ideal home in Singapore.
On the road trip, she meets women from every walk of life, inspiring monks in China, boy soldiers in Angola and oppressive patriarchy in too many countries, yet she walks away with a profound faith in humankind. She now wants to pass the lessons from the road to her two daughters, to women everywhere and to all intrepid travellers.
“Full of heart and insight… Paige is the modern-day princess and dragon slayer—full of grit, guts and grace. I stand in awe of Paige’s candour, curiosity and courage; and the majesty of her love, not just for Jim and her children Happy and Bee, but for life.”
—Jaelle Ang, entrepeneur and CEO of The Great Room
“A charming, engaging memoir that’s hard to put down, with pages of insightful gems about womanhood, motherhood and staying true to one’s inner calling.”
—Dolores Au, CEO and co-founder of Mummyfique
“For those who thrive by saying yes, who keep their eyes open to all that life has to offer, this book is a wake-up call… A shoutout to anyone thinking of stepping beyond their comfort zone in search of a life-changing experience.”
—Geoffrey Kent, author of Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer and founder of Abercrombie & Kent
“A fascinating peek into the extraordinary world of Paige Parker (wife, mother, feminist), this memoir is like no other round-the-world journal.”
—Dr Jade Kua, paediatric emergency specialist and president of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore)
“A truly inspiring read. I can only hope that my two girls will grow up with the same thirst for adventure and excitement as Paige has, and a similar desire to not only travel the world, but to understand and engage with people from all walks of life.”
—Charmaine Seah-Ong, co-founder of Elementary
“Paige’s brave and soulful stories are much more than a whirlwind traveller’s tale; they are a reminder of the sometimes harsh truth about this world we live in… We can all learn what it means to be human, vulnerable and resilient.”
—Pocket Sun, co-founder and managing partner of SoGal Ventures
“Paige did what all of us secretly want to do: go on an amazing adventure of self-discovery… Yet we should all be so brave, to reach outside our comfort zones, to experience, to dream, to be curious and most importantly, to be open to people and situations.”
—Georgette Tan, president of the Singapore Committee for UN Women
“An engaging tale filled with laughter, tears and the forthright observations we wish our own mothers might have had the temerity to fill us in on, it’s unequivocal evidence that there is plenty more to Mrs Rogers than her glitzy Instagram life.”
—Su-Lyn Tan, co-founder and CEO of The Ate Group
“Intimately written and beautifully crafted… This is a story to inspire not just her daughters but legions of women and men to take that plunge and go forth into the unknown.”
—Su Shan Tan, group head of wealth management and consumer banking at DBS
“Paige’s unparalleled confidence, forthrightness and generosity reach right into the hearts of all who know her. Wisdom so insightful, prose so simply beautiful, her memoir will leave every reader with indelible memories.”
—Lynn Yeow-de Vito, co-founder of Loop PR and Sassy Mama Singapore
About the Author
Paige Parker moved from New York to Singapore more than a decade ago, and is a board member, patron and fundraiser for various organisations, including the Singapore Committee for UN Women, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery of Singapore and Singapore Dance Theatre.She supports and promotes Singapore talent, be it in design, jewellery, the arts or fashion. She is a freelance writer and a graduate gemologist through the Gemologist Institute of America.
Paige is a member of the Circumnavigators Club and the Explorers Club. She and her husband, Jim Rogers, have two daughters, Happy and Bee. Singapore is their home by choice.
You can follow her on Instagram: @iampaigeparker and @dontcallmemrsrogers.
Size: 152 x 225mm
Published: October 2018