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Finn Murphy | The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

f murphyMore than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles in his 18-wheeler, packing, loading, and hauling. In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. He 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 reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.

Finn Murphy grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado. He started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980. The Long Haul is his first book.

“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

long haul truckYes! He is driving his 75' tractor trailer to the reading!


Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please call 802-649-1114 or email info@norwichbookstore.com to save a seat. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

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.