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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.

Passionate about the Pete
The devout following of the Peterbilt nameplate have a new must-read on their list.

 “Peterbilt: Long-Haul Legend,” written by Jim Beach and published by Motorbooks, joins a long list of books detailing the unique line of trucks.

Beach kicks the book off with a fitting tribute to the Pete 379. He bids farewell to the model that boasted a 20-year run and developed a following in the trucking industry second to none.

The book continues on to take Pete junkies through the truck’s history all the way up to the introduction of the company’s new flagship, the 389.

Fittingly, Beach chronicles the customization that Peterbilts are famous for on show-truck circuits as well as giving the Pete vocational and medium-duty lines their share of the spotlight.

The mix of Beach’s insightful perspective and eye-popping photography makes “Peterbilt: Long-Haul Legend” a must have for the coffee table – or sleeper as the case may be – of all Peterbilt fanatics.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor

"Tell Tale Signs" The Bootleg Series Vol 8.
It used to be an underground treat when you could snag a bootleg copy of your favorite artist’s unreleased tunes that no one else had. Usually they were illicit recordings from a friend of a friend’s cousin who worked with the band, often with less-than-professional quality.

Bob Dylan knows better than anyone the marketability of his music and has once again offered fans an incredible collection (three-disc set from Columbia Records.) Judging from the quality of the songs included, Dylan seems to have better songs on the cutting room floor than most musicians have in a lifetime.

A real treat here is his heartbreaking renditions of “Mississippi,” not once but three times, each very different.

 “Every step of the way, we walk the line/Your days are numbered, so are mine/Time is pilin’ up, we struggle and we scrape/We’re all boxed in, nowhere to escape.”

Sharing the discs is a high lonesome duet with Dr. Ralph Stanley on “The Lonesome River,” Robert Johnson’s “32-20 Blues” and a rip-roaring live version of “High Water (For Charley Patton).”

There are musicians, but Dylan is the architect.

– By Dave Sweetman, Land Line columnist

Got an iPod for Christmas? You need "The iPod Book"
“When you first get your iPod, it’s basically a brick,” says Scott Kelby in his hilarious introduction to this quick reference guide for all types of iPods. And it’s true; a new iPod is little more than a paperweight until the user loads it up with songs, videos or pictures.

While the title is a bit blah, the author isn’t some bland, emotionless technical writer. Kelby keeps his step-by-step instructions simple and infuses them with a just-right dose of personality. It’s like having a buddy sit down and show you how to work your new toy.

Kelby calls his guide the “show me how to do it book.” He does this with a lot of photos and screen shots that take you through each application in a few short lessons.

This book is helpful regardless of what kind of iPod you are trying to use, and it is written for both Mac and PC owners. It covers everything from creating podcasts to using iTunes to customizing the iPod with accessories.

Even if you’re lacking technical savvy, you’ll be an iPod guru in a matter of hours with this book.

– By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff