Linda Niemann with "Boomer: Railroad Memoirs"
Charis favorite, Linda Niemann, returns with the re-release of her beloved memoir of her ten years as a migratory brakeman for the railroad. Boomer is a remarkable adventure tale, the occupational odyssey of the Ph.D. in literature who immerses herself in blue-collar America. The book also reveals much about the state of the nation's railroads in the
post-Reagan era: the hazards of the work, the safety violations, the
compromises of the unions, the harassment of women and minorities, the
transient and often self-destructive lifestyles. At the same time, the
author confronts herself, exploring her alcoholism and substance abuse;
her difficulties with friends and lovers of both sexes; what it was in
the life that attracted her in the first place; and more. We are excited to celebrate the re-release of this feminist classic!
This classic account of self discovery and railroad life describes Linda Grant Niemann's travels as an itinerant brakeman on the Southern Pacific. Boomer combines travelogue, Wild West adventure, sexual memoir, and closely observed ethnography.