Rolling Nowhere [NOOK Book]


Ted Conover's first book takes the reader along on his dream trip?a hardscrabble netherworld built for freight, not people?in search of an America "where numbers live like men."

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Rolling Nowhere

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Ted Conover's first book takes the reader along on his dream trip—a hardscrabble netherworld built for freight, not people—in search of an America "where numbers live like men."

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Shulgasser
[Much of this book] is so vivid that every few pages the urge to clack the dust from one's own clothes is almost irresistible. . . . [Mr. Conover] notes with disgust that camaraderie does exist but that violence among hobos is as prevalent as the sharing of cheap muscatel. Many observations bring to mind only the youth of the author. Harboring a "romantic vision" of hobos, he is "sickened" and "revolted" by many predictable aspects of the vagabond life -- homosexuality, violence and betrayal. For someone so taken with unconventionality, he overflows with conventional piety. But these are minor flaws. If his journey shook some of the romance out of his vision of hobos, perhaps writing this book also flushed away some of his wide-eyed sanctimoniousness. His next book could be a humdinger.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044958722
  • Publisher: David Halpern
  • Publication date: 9/12/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 344,745
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Conover is the author of several books including Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    not a great book on hobos

    I just purchased this book. It's written by an Amherst College graduate. If you're not familiar with Amherst College it's a prepy, almost Ivy League college located in Massachusetts. Anyways, the author of this book is currently attending this college while writing the book... and it shows. He writes the book as though it's a college essay and this makes for very insincere prose in my opinion. But it does go into some in depth, first hand experience about the hobo world. So if you're absolutely desperate to find out information about this hobo world, you don't mind discovering this information from the point of view of a richy rich college student, and you can tolerate 260 pages of poor writing, then read this book. It's not horrible, just not great.

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