Synopses & Reviews
This book takes you straight inside that mystical bond between a man and his truck, a woman and her truck. Photographer Howard Zehr has captured these passionate connections in striking images and stories, told in the voices of the trucks' owners.
"Photographer Zehr tracked down pickup owners in his home state of Virginia to explore the unique relationships between individuals and their trucks. Many featured are vintage, including George and Kathy Duke's 1931 closed cab Ford Model A and John May's 1957 short bed Chevy. Other trucks appear ordinary, but contain fond memories. Lois Bowman's truck has a camper attached built by her late husband and a young couple recall taking their beat-up Toyota on long road trips and April Dawe and her father Tim spent two years building their bright green 1976 Ford F-250. Brandon Derrow owns a 13,000 pound purple monster truck called 'Bad News Travels Fast.' Some respondents use their trucks for work or farming, and others enjoy taking their trucks out hunting, usually accompanied by their dog. Two different owners allow anyone in the community access to the truck should the need arise. The book closes with an essay by Mark Metzler Sawin reflecting on the history of this 'distinctly American machine' and its symbolism of 'the trappings of the rural, rugged, independent life of America's earlier farming and frontier societies.' Pickup enthusiasts will certainly relate to these stories and delight in Zehr's beautiful color photographs. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Howard Zehr is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice.” Since 1996 he has been Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, an international graduate program for justice and peacebuilding practitioners. Howard has published several other portrait/interview books including Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences and Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (both with Good Books). He has authored numerous other books and publications; best known are The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Good Books) and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on justice issues in North America and internationally. Zehr has also worked professionally as a photographer.