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Zephyr
     

Zephyr

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by Henry Kisor
 

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Whether dashing through the Plains, creeping over the Rockies, hurtling across the Great Basin, or threading the Sierra Nevada, the California Zephyr is an earthbound cruise ship bearing as many as 300 passengers, each with a story to tell over the train's 51-hour run from Chicago to San Francisco Bay.
Veteran journalist and novelist Henry Kisor climbs aboard and

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Whether dashing through the Plains, creeping over the Rockies, hurtling across the Great Basin, or threading the Sierra Nevada, the California Zephyr is an earthbound cruise ship bearing as many as 300 passengers, each with a story to tell over the train's 51-hour run from Chicago to San Francisco Bay.
Veteran journalist and novelist Henry Kisor climbs aboard and introduces us to the men and women who ride the rails-some out of restlessness, some as a hobby, some seeking love and friendship. There are also the resourceful train crew, who tell tales of "dog-robbing" supplies in the yards, of coping with medical emergencies en route, and of keeping their good humor.
Fans of Henry Kisor's mystery novels and other nonfiction books will find him to be an affable traveling companion. As we head westward with him, Zephyr becomes a personal journey into the heart of America.
This new 2015 edition brings up to date the original 1994 hardcover, and includes scores of new photographs.
"An indispensable traveler's aid," the New York Times Book Review called it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hours before he boards Amtrak's California Zephyr in Chicago, he wanders the train yards looking over the locomotives with an eye for their design and technology; then he checks out the Zephyr's kitchen, renews acquaintance with the chef and asks about the menus. So curious is Kisor about everything happening around him and about the train crew and passengers, who in short order tell him all about themselves, that the miles click away pleasurably.
New York Times Book Review - David Haward Bain, New York Times Book Review
For every grown-up kid who once hankered to drive a train or swing aboard to punch tickets, and for any adult whose heart still responds to a far-off train whistle, "Zephyr" is an indispensable traveler's aid.
Booklist - Donna Seaman, Booklist
As he rides the California Zephyr from Chicago to Oakland, Kisor . . . observes his fellow travelers with lively, generous and bemused attention. A history buff, Kisor mixes vivid anecdotes from the glorious heyday of America's railroads with musings on the changes time has brought not only to the industry, but the varied landscapes trains traverse. He reminds us that railroading is dangerous and demanding work and relates some hair-raising tales about "trains-from-hell."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781511443531
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
916,106
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Kisor is the author of two other nonfiction books, "What's That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness" and "Flight of the Gin Fizz: Midlife at 4,500 Feet."
He is also the author of five Steve Martinez mysteries set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: "Season's Revenge," "A Venture into Murder," "Cache of Corpses," "Hang Fire," and "Tracking the Beast." A sixth, "The Riddle of Billy Gibbs," is forthcoming.
He and his wife Debby spend half the year in Evanston, Illinois, and the other half in a log cabin on the shore of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan.
He retired in 2006 after thirty-three years as an editor and critic for the old Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1981 he was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

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Zephyr 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rather expected this book to give me a blow-by-blow acccounting of an Amtrak trip from Chicago to Oakland. While it does take me along that route, it really gives more insight into the workings of the crew and others associated with the rail. some stops and sights along the way are well=described; others are not mentioned at all. It is entertaining and does keep me reading. The 1000+ pages flow along and don't seem that long and drawn out. I imagine the paperback version of the book has not so much text per page, since soemtimes one page on my NOOK will cover a couple of pages from the book. I will be taking a ride soon on the Zephyr--eastbound though--and this is helping me to prepare for that trip and to know what to expect on board.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be extremely enthralling and it always captivated my attention. The miniscule details the author threw in really helped to make the book, and the personal relationships he was able to forge with the crew members was really great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the original hard cover book when it first came out. You do not have to be a rail fan to enjoy this book! It's also a great human interest story! And by the way, I go to ride the Zephyr in 2004, and ride Amtrak every chance I get! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. I wish Henry would also write about other Amtrak trains: The Empire Builder, The City of New Orleans, The Southwest Chief, etc.!
BettyF More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read which was written by Henry Kisor. Both books kept me interested and eager to turn the page to see what happens next. "Zephyr" brought me inside to see what happens behind the scenes on an Amtrak train. It is my hope that the author will write about other trains and that we'll be able to read books title "Eagle", or "Chief", or "Builder", or..... So many trains, Henry, please give us more.