The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
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"There's nothing semi about Finn Murphy's trucking tales of The Long Haul."—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair


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 as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people's belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.
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"There's nothing semi about Finn Murphy's trucking tales of The Long Haul."—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair

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 as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people's belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.
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"There's nothing semi about Finn Murphy's trucking tales of The Long Haul."—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair

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 as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people's belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.
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      • source: Jim Higgins;Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
      • content: An adventure story and... a peek into an occupation whose practitioners we see rolling down the highway.
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      • source: Jason Blevins;Denver Post
      • content: The Long Haul beguil[es] readers with wit, wisdom and observations born from decades in transit.
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      • source: Joshua Rothman;The New Yorker
      • content: Like priests, movers shepherd us through life's transitions; like cowboys, truckers drive the roads we'll never know. Both see America in ways the rest of us don't. In The Long Haul, Murphy... bring[s] us into his semi-mythic world.
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      • source: Nathan Deuel;Los Angeles Times
      • content: Rich [and] insightful.... A well-written story that rarely slows down.
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      • source: Bob Ryan;Boston Globe
      • content: Like a Mark Twain behind the wheel, [Murphy] takes us on the road coast to coast and city to city with a voice that's honest and direct and sometimes even poetic.
      • premium: False
      • source: Jeffery Gleaves;Paris Review
      • content: The Long Haul delivers because it is a survey of a culture fused to a working man's memoir—and Murphy, smartly, avoids sentiment and lazy comparisons.
      • premium: False
      • source: Meghan Daum;New York Times Book Review
      • content: Exquisite.... Murphy can cross class boundaries as smoothly as changing lanes on the highway.... Readers even passingly familiar with the burgeoning literary genre we might call hillbilly elegiacs... will find Murphy's more nuanced perspective refreshing.
      • premium: False
      • source: Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
      • content: The Long Haul is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.
      • premium: False
      • source: Midwest Book Review
      • content: Finn Murphy... bring[s] readers along for a rollicking ride through a trucker's world and [provides] an insider's eye, pairing it with an involving series of encounters.
      • premium: False
      • source: Irene Wanner;Seattle Times
      • content: It's a hoot to ride along with Murphy.
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        April 15, 2017
        A moving trucker shares stories from a life on the open road.Murphy is not your typical trucker. As a moving truck driver, often known as "bedbuggers" hauling "roach coaches," he describes the strict hierarchy among truckers and how his type are shunned as outsiders. He also touts his middle-class background in suburban Connecticut and his nearly completed education at Colby College, a prestigious liberal arts school in Maine, to distinguish himself from the "cowboy truckers" who think of themselves as living out some modern fantasy of the Wild West. The author even mentions his nickname "The Great White Mover," which refers to his talent and indirectly to the industry's widening racial gap. In fact, Murphy decided to leave college a year before graduating (much to his parents' disapproval) to work full-time in the moving business following his experience of the camaraderie of working with a local company as a teenager. Eventually, the author worked his way up as a driver in the "high-end executive relocation" business, where he routinely makes cross-country hauls for his high-profile clients. Throughout his recollections, Murphy maintains an air of armchair philosopher, imparting common-sense wisdom and morals from three decades behind the wheel. With carefully retold anecdotes that illustrate the minutiae of life as a trucker, Murphy sheds light on this unique subculture. More than anything, he uses the narrative to combat the negative stigma against movers, taking jabs at past customers who slighted him. One story in particular fittingly encapsulates the author's background and mission: he purposely placed an abusive customer's antique Chinese gravestones upside down (he took a course in college) to embarrass the owner, who wouldn't have noticed. Ultimately, the behind-the-scenes appeal of Murphy's stories fades a bit after several chapters, but they shed light on a world not experienced by most. An entertaining and insightful snapshot of the hauling life.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        September 4, 2017
        Murphy recounts some of his more curious, amusing, and private moments as a lifer in the long-haul moving business. During his career he has driven across the country innumerable times in large trucks, loading and unloading people’s lives; through these adventures, he shares the trade lingo (“bed bug hauler” is trucker lingo for a mover like him), secrets (movers could care less about people’s stuff), and challenges (exactly how you back a truck down a winding, narrow road). Campbell’s genial and scratchy voice perfectly matches the tone of Murphy’s prose and Murphy’s demographic. Campbell is also able to tease out the more emotionally tense moments, projecting the anger and frustration when Murphy confronts his boss or relaying the tenderness the author feels towards a companion he picks up on the side of the road. It’s the perfect audiobook for a long drive. A Norton hardcover.

      • premium: True
      • source: School Library Journal
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        November 1, 2017

        Working at the gas station in high school, Murphy idolized the guys at the moving company next door. Directionless and smoking too much pot, he dropped out of college to drive for the company full-time, specializing in long-distance moves. A few decades later, he now moves high-end corporate clients and has stories to tell. Readers may wonder if some of the details have been embellished over the years, but considering Murphy's engaging style and ability to laugh at himself, the occasional big fish isn't distracting. The author's years of observing every corner of the United States and untangling the reality from the legends give this inviting book weight. Murphy has traversed the nation again and again and spent miles pondering the hollowing of cities, the "silence and vastness" of the Everglades' Alligator Alley, the mythos of the cowboy trucker, and trucking's changing racial makeup. VERDICT For fans of thought-provoking road trip tales.-Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

        Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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