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!