Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes (Paperback)
Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes
Vintage, 9780375727863, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 11, 2001
Hoboes fascinated Conover, but he had only encountered them in literature and folksongs. So, he decided to take a year off and ride the rails. Equipped with rummage-store clothing, a bedroll, and a few other belongings, he hops a freight train in St. Louis, becoming a tramp in order to discover their peculiar culture. The men and women he meets along the way are by turns generous and mistrusting, resourceful and desperate, philosophical and profoundly cynical. And the narrative he creates of his travels with them is unforgettable and moving.
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Praise For Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes…
"Vivid, sensitive... this always compelling odyssey explains life beyond the pale of comfort."
--Los Angeles Times
"Rolling Nowhere is so vivid that every few pages the urge to clack the dust from one's own clothes is almost irresistible."
--The New York Times Book Review