The Long Haul

The Long Haul

A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

Book - 2017
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393608717
Branch Call Number: 388.324 Murp
Characteristics: xxiii, 229 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 15, 2018

Enjoyable and educational read.

Jun 07, 2018

Much better than I thought it would be. This is an easy, well-written book about an industry I knew very little about. I learned that the work is hard, but the money can keep drivers on the road for years.

Jan 21, 2018

The author doesn't mention it except in the acknowledgments, but he is the son of the creator of the Prince Valiant cartoon. In contrast to a comment below, I found the introduction compelling.

Dec 06, 2017

Written by a long haul trucker this book is less than it could be. The parts of the author's life as a long haul mover and later an executive mover are fascinating and I learned a lot about what movers actually do. As a military "brat", my family moved a lot -- now I have a better understanding of all the things that happened during our various moves. My mother said she lived in 21 apartments and homes in 19 years. I grew up moving.
The book is detailed and readable -- but he leaves out a large part of his life when he wasn't a long haul mover. He also leaves out most of his personal life - if he had one. All that said - it was an good, fast and informative read. If you've moved a lot or may be moving -- give this a look. I would have liked more personal information and what it was like to drive across the United States for so many years. I enjoyed his descriptions of the "shipper" i.e. the client/person being moved. Some of them are unbelievably awful to the movers and others incredibly generous and understanding. I follow a couple of trucker vlogs but none of them are movers like the author.

Sep 20, 2017

Hard to put this book down. Crisp writing on extreme experiences. Indeed a long-haul mover gains rare insights into the human condition.

Sep 16, 2017

Interesting book. Well worth reading.

Aug 06, 2017

I like road trip books such as "Travels with Charlie" so when I saw this book I picked it up and was not disappointed. I would give it a 4 on a scale of 5. It provided a good break from my usual mystery and what is wrong with America books.
Most chapters revolved around a single trip, delivery or experience. Many chapters did give the reader to reflect on life motivations and experiences. In away it spoke to some of the issues that "Hillbilly elegy" attempted to address.
I was repulsed by the portions of the introduction and was ready to return it to the library but did give it one more chance and it did get better.

ArapahoeKati Jun 21, 2017

Did you like Rinker Buck's humorous and informative "Oregon Trail" memoir? Then this is for you. Strap in to your big rig and get ready for a drive-by snapshot of middle America and everything in between.


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