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.
Formerly titled "The Everyday Aphorist," this is the signature collection of Robert Brault quotes. The author has selected over 1200 favorites from his three pocket-size books and added the most recent of his internet postings. If you are just now discovering Robert Brault, this is the volume to explore. If you are a long-time reader, here is the comprehensive collection you might consider for your library or as an affordable addition to your holiday gift list.
In for the Long Haul
Author: William B. Friedricks
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Reprint. Originally published in 2003 by Iowa State Press.
The Long Haul
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collectio
The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns--with everything from a fender bender to crazed seagulls--but even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure, and this is one the Heffleys won't soon forget.
‘A Lifetime in Longhaul — The Bigger Picture’ is an opportunity to look into the fascinating world of longhaul aviation. In this latest book, ‘A Lifetime in Longhaul — The Bigger Picture’ Bill Anderson includes the stories from seven senior Qantas Captains and four long serving senior ground staff from the operational departments of Engineering, Flight Dispatch and Ops Control. These are all ‘hands on’ people and their stories allow you to experience the many day to day problems and decisions that occur in the running of a major world airline. Bill’s forty years with Qantas allowed him to meet many wonderful people across the aviation spectrum, but specifically within the Qantas group. The Qantas staff in this book all work at the ‘coal face’ and all of them have interesting tales to tell. To date there has been little attempt to record the recollections of their individual life-long working days. This book attempts to address that shortfall. The staff members whom you will meet, speak not only for themselves, but also for their colleagues in the industry. They are the U in Qantas. Their recollections are told with great candour, sometimes humourous, sometimes exciting with a number of close calls.
I have a sense that the times themselves, apart from more or less deliberately created crises, render strong things fragile, and fragile things mortally endangered. The times themselves are a permanent crisis. So writes Daniel Berrigan in this journal of reflections and musings from the late 1970s. First published in 1981, this book traces Berrigan's work after his release from Danbury Prison in 1972 for his part in the Catonsville Nine antiwar demonstration--from his experiences in Palestine, Northern Ireland, and France (where he lived with Thich Nhat Hanh), to his experiences as a teacher in Manitoba and Berkeley. Throughout, Berrigan ponders the commands of Christ, the struggle to be faithful to these commands, and why so few take them seriously. With wit and wisdom, Berrigan shares his faith journey and encourages us to stay faithful to that journey, to be peacemakers for the long haul.
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?
The follow-up to Clark Howard's #1 New York Times bestseller, Living Large in Lean Times, offers no-nonsense financial tips for achieving lifelong prosperity Americans from all walks of life are still feeling the roller-coaster effects of the Great Recession. For many, home values are still too low and unemployment is still too high. Others have prospered despite the ups and downs. In Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul, the renowned broadcaster examines our new paradigm through the eyes of those whose financial portfolios have beaten the odds, and those whose economic situation has gone off course. Through these fascinating personal accounts, readers uncover amazing opportunities and smart decisions, finding advantages in bleak times for lasting payoffs in the long run.
The Long Haul
Author: Myles Horton, Judith Kohl, Herbert R. Kohl
Myles Horton traces the history of the Highlander Folk School, exploring how the school has influenced notable figures in the civil rights movement, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt, and discusses how the school has served as a catalyst for social change.
A Long Haul
Author: Michele Ann McFee
Publisher: Purple Mountain PressLtd
The first and only history of the magnificent, modern canal, which replaced the Erie in 1918.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Originally published: New York: Amulet Books, 2007.
This newly updated and revised edition of the classic dictionary features hundreds of new words reflecting recent cultural, political, and technological changes; full pronunciation keys for both German and English entries; examples illustrating correct usage and meaning; and much more. Original.