The Long Haul
A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
by Finn Murphy
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017
In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain and Linda Greenlaw, 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 trucker. Since then he’s covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Murphy 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. He tells funny, poignant, and haunting stories of the people he moves: a hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy’s truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; a widow rushing her archaeologist husband’s remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. Brimming with personality and great characters, The Long Haul explores the appeal of manual labor and shows what happens behind the scenes when we call the movers.
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“The Long Haul is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.” - Matthew B. Crawford, best-selling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
“The Long Haul comes at a politically relevant moment, with a pleasing balance of humor, wisdom and unvarnished insights into a way of life that makes the American way of life possible.” - Mark Vanhoenacker, best-selling author of Skyfaring