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Author Finn Murphy Shares Insights Gathered from Decades as a Long-Haul Trucker

“The Long Haul” takes a humorous look at how America has changed, as seen from the highways that criss-cross our country.

Post Date:06/02/2018 10:00 am

Author Finn Murphy is bringing his tales of many decades as a long haul truck driver to the Library.

When Finn Murphy dropped out of college 30 years ago to become a long-haul trucker, he had no idea how much he’d learn about America and Americans behind the wheel of the 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he named Cassidy. But learn he did, and then he wrote a book about it, "The Long Haul:  A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road." Murphy brings his humorous observations of life on the road and how America has changed to the Library in an author talk on Thursday, June 28, from 7 to 8 pm.

From the Florida Everglades, to Midwest truck stops, to the Rocky Mountains, Murphy spent years hauling people’s possessions from one home to another, and along the way, he gained unique insights into how America and her tastes in culture and home furnishings have changed over the years. Amazon sums it up this way:

"Through it all, Murphy 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 memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live."

Join us for this unique author talk, part of our Authors We Love series. Registration is required for this program and can be accomplished online. No email address? Call (303) 651-8472 to register by phone.

The Longmont Library is proud to present the Authors We Love series, featuring published authors throughout the year.This program is part of the Longmont Public Library’s “Authors We Love” series. Visit the webpage for more information and to learn about more upcoming author talks.


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