Roll On: A Trucker's Life On The Road by Fred AfflerbachRoll On: A Trucker's Life On The Road by Fred Afflerbach

Roll On: A Trucker's Life On The Road

byFred Afflerbach

Paperback | April 15, 2012

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Roll On celebrates the freedom of the open road. The reader rides shotgun in an aging yet durable Peterbilt diesel rig on an interstate odyssey with longtime independent truck driver, Ubi Sunt. Traversing the Painted Desert, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and through the nation's breadbasket into the gritty northeast, you will meet misfits, wayfarers and dreamers . In the literary tradition of escape and return, and journey to enlightenment, Ubi faces tough choices. The highway is home but the road is changing. And his only daughter offers an ultimatum: Settle down or else.
Author Fred Afflerbach, a former long-haul trucker and later award-winning journalist, debunks the truck driver stereotype via authentic characters and insight into the hierarchy, camaraderie, and culture of the misunderstood American long-haul trucker.
Title:Roll On: A Trucker's Life On The RoadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Chicago Review PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0897336232

ISBN - 13:9780897336239

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Even though it’s fiction, Roll On is a stellar addition to your adventure travel collection. Scooch over your copy of William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways and John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley and ride shotgun with trucker Ubi Sunt as he steers Old Ironsides, his ‘56 Peterbilt 18-wheeler, along America’s highways.Roll past Shiprock, the magnificent throat of a volcano rising 1,500 feet above northern New Mexico’s high desert plain. And see Manhattan anew from Ubi’s rig called a cabover that sits on top of a 350-horsepower diesel. Meet The Chameleon, who offers “polishing, painting and pills” at truck stops, and Mississippi Hippie, a pony-tailed musician who, for cash, helps Ubi load and unload freight and sleeps in the 45-foot trailer.Freedom and the meaning of life are up for discussion as orphan and widower Ubi copes with progress that threatens his way of life. This resourceful Good Samaritan rescues “four wheelers” and other truckers who don’t have the road smarts that Ubi accumulated during what is now a bygone era of independent trucking. Who but Ubi knows to carry bleach in his magic side box to help improve traction on ice and snow?If your father or grandfather was a jack-of-all-trades, you will identify with Ubi’s daughter Jeanne, who learned the value of tools and CB radios from her Dad, but now wants him to give up the road—or does she? Jeanne’s twins Molly and Jeremy want nothing of the sort, and excitedly beg Grandpa Truck to bring Old Ironsides to school for show-and-tell.And don’t overlook the jazz lover and poet in Ubi, who keeps The Complete Works of Walt Whitman and a flashlight in his bunk for night reading.Someone please send this book to Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones, who know the strong attraction of road stories and will appreciate the fine descriptions: “West of Fort Worth, the land peels back and the sky comes out like opening the curtains on a sunny day.”Is Fred Afflerbach writing a sequel? Roll on! -- Elaine Davenport, Publisher, Writer's AudioShop (www.writersaudio.com)