The Long Haul covers lots of mileage at a pace just above the speed limit with entertaining and informative stops along the way.

If you like social commentary from fresh points of view by an observant and entertaining first-time storyteller, you’ll like Finn Murphy’s The Long Haul.

If you want to learn how the trucking industry evolved the last 30 years from someone who dropped out of college to become a $250k/year moving van driver, you’ll enjoy the book.

If you’re about to move your household belongings across the country, it’s a must-read on how to choose your movers and how best to interact with them.

It’s an author’s story — young kid makes big choices (drop out of school, disappoint parents), young adult course corrects (decides to leave trucking), older adult circles back (returns to trucking on new terms). Finn — and I think he’s ok if I use his first name, it’s that kinda book — covers authentic issues with an authentic voice.

It’s an immersive story, with the feel up in the cab of an 18-wheeler, sitting on a truck stop cafe stool, standing at the front door of an irate moving customer, and on the wall of a privately owned trucking company’s back office. There’s just enough ambiance, technical jumbo, profanity and business talk to keep it authentic and on-time.

It’s a story full of thoughtful observations:

— why movers don’t wear jeans;
— how Latinos came to dominate the critical supply of local labor;
— how Mormons differ from other homeowners;
— what it takes for small towns to make it these days.

Finn says: “When you move people and pack their stuff, you see how people really live.”

I say: When you read Finn’s account, you’re entertained and educated. Put it at the top of your list.

 

The Long Haul:  A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road
By Finn Murphy
#Fiction #Autobiography #Memoir #SocialCommentary #Trucking #TopOfYourList