Rolling Nowhere by Ted Conover
Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes

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"I crouched quietly in the patch of tall weeds. Around me fell the shadow of the viaduct that carried a highway over the railroad yards. From the edge of the yards, I squinted as I watched the railroad cars being switched from track to track. Cars and trucks were rolling over the viaduct, but what occupied my attention was the dark, cool corridor underneath it, where I hoped to intercept my train." Riding the rails, Ted Conover tasted the life of a tramp with companions like Pistol Pete, BB, and Sheba Sheila Sheils. From them he learned survival skills - how to "read" a freight train, scavenge for food and clothing, avoid the railroad "bulls." He was initiated into the customs of their unique, shadowy society - men and women bound together by a mutual bond of failure, camaraderie, and distrust. Sixty-five freight trains, 12,000 miles, and fifteen states later, Conover chronicles his impressions of their lives in this fascinating piece of first-hand reporting that becomes a thoughtful story of self-discovery.
 

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Ted Conover is the author of several books including NewjackTed Conover is the author of several books including Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Ci: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and Rollinrcle Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes. His writig Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlanticng has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. Recipient of a Gu, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residenceggenheim Fellowship, he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York Un in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He lives in New York City. iversity. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Ted Conover, via Smashwords and The Robbins Office. 305 pages
Genres: Travel, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Down and Out on the Union Pacific, or College Boy Meets the Hoboes: the pleasant, unassuming journal of a fledgling adventurer-anthropologist with a nearly terminal case of naivetÉ.

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A hobo named Monty tells Conover about his experiences as.

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