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The Long Haul A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road (udgave 2017)

af Finn Murphy

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More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they're getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in "the movers."Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy's truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband's remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn's memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.… (mere)
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Titel:The Long Haul A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
Forfattere:Finn Murphy
Info:W W Norton & Co Inc 2017.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:2017-06, adult, memoir

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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road af Finn Murphy

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A small window into what it is like to be a trucker. It is both funny and thoughtful. Trucker has changed over the years ad the author has documented some of these changes. This is a real eye opener and worth the read. ( )
  BobVTReader | Mar 5, 2021 |
I found this a mixed bag. The subtitle is really true, a trucker's tales of life on the road. Murphy is a long-distance mover and he does have some interesting stories but he also seems to have some of the chip on his shoulder that he accuses long-distance haulers of having. I'm not sure about his conviction that movers are reviled for no good reason, I've had good movers over the years and they do difficult work and I'm sure plenty of shippers are jerks but it all seemed a bit overblown. I could also have done without the stories of near death from rival movers or the disgruntled Army wife incident.
  amyem58 | Feb 11, 2020 |
An interesting read of an industry not usually highlighted in memoir. It's about a trucker who moved household goods. The book is a series of vignettes about moving people around the country. Each story is engaging and an interesting read. Murphy is straightforward and personable; his memoir is one that the average American can relate to in many ways. ( )
  buffalogr | Sep 29, 2019 |
A enjoyable book that started slowly but picked up speed as it rolled along. I learned a lot about trucking and enjoyed Murphy's stories about movers and shippers, as well as his acerbic comments about the current state of the country. ( )
  cmt100 | Jan 28, 2019 |
I thought this book was just going to be about truck driving. It had a lot of that in there, but it was more of life lessons learned while truck driving. I met the author too, and he was really great! ( )
  shelbycassie | Aug 5, 2018 |
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More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they're getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in "the movers."Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy's truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband's remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn's memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.

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