Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

Auto biography: a classic car, an outlaw motorhead, and 57 years of the American dream

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy—a car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his—while financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him.

Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless, windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk.

To Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of history—especially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than fifty years.

So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's thirteenth owner—an orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested seventy-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin himself—embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.

Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780062282668
9780062282675
9780062333544
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID98e1d9b7-d7f8-624d-3c11-354adc276ba7
Grouping Titleauto biography a classic car an outlaw motorhead and 57 years of the american dream
Grouping Authorearl swift
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-06-15 02:27:38AM
Last Indexed2021-06-15 03:05:28AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9781483004112

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Itzin, Gregory,
authorEarl Swift
author2-roleItzin, Gregory,narrator.
hoopla digital.
author_displaySwift, Earl
available_at_catalogCentral
North Natomas
detailed_location_catalogCentral
North Natomas
display_description

A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy—a car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his—while financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him.

Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless, windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk.

To Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of history—especially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than fifty years.

So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's thirteenth owner—an orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested seventy-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin himself—embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.

Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero.

format_catalogBook
eAudiobook
eBook
format_category_catalogAudio Books
Books
eBook
id98e1d9b7-d7f8-624d-3c11-354adc276ba7
isbn9780062282668
9780062282675
9780062333544
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:2859de3a-93dc-4a5c-afb7-2a20396ea067-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook1falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
hoopla:MWT12139123Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeBookeBook1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12139123Available Online
ils:.b22863904.i69862904North Natomas629.2 S977 20141falsefalseOn Shelfnntag
ils:.b22863904.i69862916Central629.2 S977 20141falsefalseOn Shelfcenag
hoopla:MWT11589025Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11589025?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
itype_catalogAdult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed2021-06-15T10:05:28.491Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog629.2 S977 2014
owning_library_catalogSacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalogCentral
North Natomas
primary_isbn9780062282668
publishDate2014
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:2859de3a-93dc-4a5c-afb7-2a20396ea067eBookeBookEnglishIt Books2014
hoopla:MWT12139123eBookeBookEnglishHarper Collins Publishers, 2014.1 online resource
ils:.b22863904BookBooksFirst edition.Englishitbooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]355 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
hoopla:MWT11589025eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridged.EnglishHarperAudio, 2014.1 online resource (1 audio file (12hr., 04 min.)) : digital.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:2859de3a-93dc-4a5c-afb7-2a20396ea067-2Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
hoopla:MWT12139123Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
ils:.b22863904.i69862904On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39
ils:.b22863904.i69862916On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39
hoopla:MWT11589025Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetArney, Tommy
Automobiles -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Chevrolet automobile -- Conservation and restoration
Chevrolet automobile -- Social aspects -- United States
Electronic books
title_displayAuto biography : a classic car, an outlaw motorhead, & 57 years of the American dream
title_fullAuto Biography A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream
Auto biography : a classic car, an outlaw motorhead, & 57 years of the American dream / Earl Swift
Auto biography : a classic car, an outlaw motorhead, & 57 years of the American dream [electronic resource] / Earl Swift
Auto biography : a classic car, an outlaw motorhead, and 57 years of the American dream [electronic resource] / Earl Swift
title_shortAuto biography
title_suba classic car, an outlaw motorhead, and 57 years of the American dream
topic_facetArney, Tommy
Automobiles
Chevrolet automobile
Conservation and restoration
Electronic books
Engineering
History
Nonfiction
Social aspects
Technology
Transportation