The Long Haul

The Long Haul

A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

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A long-haul mover’s rollicking account of life out on the Big Slab.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

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Murphy, a long-haul trucker since 1980, tells stories about his life on the road driving a moving truck. He dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker and has driven all over the US, and here he describes the people he has encountered and worked with, background on the industry, and his reflections on work, class, and the bonds people have with belongings and places. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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& Taylor

A rollicking assessment of life on the Big Slab by a decades-experienced long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393608717
0393608719
Branch Call Number: 917.304 M953L
Characteristics: xxiii, 229 pages ; 25 cm

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Mar 20, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Finn's tales of the long haul trucker. He captured the allure of the open road along with the trials and tribulations of being a "bedbugger". Very interesting read and helped me understand a little more of what my spouse deals with on a daily basis.

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pinetree3
Feb 20, 2018

Very enjoyable book! Very well written. Highly recommended to anyone who's ever
had a daydream about hitting the road.

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