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In-cab Fever
All work, no play makes Jack a brain-dead workaholic
Truck driving is a job that can easily demand that 80 or 90 percent of your waking hours be working hours. Even when you’re off-duty, too often you’re on a short leash. Seeking a healthy balance while you are sitting for hours in your truck or in a truck stop isn’t easy, but we’ve got some ideas to stave off the “in cab fever.” Whether you need an entertaining escape or an intellectual retreat, we’ve got you covered.

‘Truck: A Love Story’

After reading “Truck: A Love Story” by Michael Perry, you’ll never look at your own day-to-day life the same.

The story centers on the author’s determination to rebuild his 1951 International pickup. The truck’s condition was less than stellar, complete with an engine that wouldn’t run, a body rusted through in spots, and a sapling growing through one wheel well.

Perry’s tale takes you through the next year of his life when he embarks on planting a garden, which he isn’t the best at, and rebuilding the truck, even though he admittedly has skills best described as “a hander of tools.” In the meantime, he meets a woman.

Through Perry’s eyes, a normal, mundane day-to-day existence is an adventure in laughter, tears and, yes, even love (for the woman, the truck and life).

You can learn even more about the author and buy the book at sneezingcow.com.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor
jami_jones@landlinemag.com


Mob hit, wicked women spiced up with Delta blues

It’s rare to find an audio book reader who possesses all of the key qualities: golden voice, precise diction, versatile dialects. With his reading of “Tishomingo Blues,” by Elmore Leonard, Frank Muller proves he has them all.

Featuring one of Leonard’s typically eccentric characters, this novel tells the tale of high diver Dennis Lenahan, who works at a casino in Tunica, MS. While on the diving board one day he witnesses a mob hit. A second witness, Robert Taylor, is a shady Civil War re-enactor who lures Lenahan into varied schemes.

Both seem to have death wishes and also seem to have weaknesses for women who could get them killed. With a background of Delta blues, wacky Civil War buffs, and reputed deals with the devil, the novel hums along and gets four out of five stars.

Available for rent from AudioAdventures.com. Unabridged run time is 7.5 hours.

– By Jonathan Lowe, audio book reviewer for myshelf.com.
Lowe’s e-book of stories, “Ghost Rider,” is available for free download online at fictionwise.com.


Carolina Chocolate Drops: New but Old Timey

Bluegrass music found a new resurgence in popularity through the musical pairings of Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley and friends in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” What many may not know is that that music was proclaimed as “Old Timey,” a purer form of the genre dating back to songs played and sung by slaves early in American history.

Enter the wonderful, soulful picking and singing of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose album “Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind” offers a mix of folk, down-home mountain music that would please even Pappy O’Daniel. This music crosses all barriers of race, history and time. These young performers sing of America, its people and all of our problems through the ages. What’s old is new again and has not changed. All the better for being so.

To sample the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ music, find their tour schedule, and read a bit of their accomplishments, go to www.carolinachocolatedrops.com or http://www.myspace.com/carolinachocolatedrops.

– David Sweetman, Land Line columnist
deeseldave@aol.com

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