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Boomer
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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. A Berkeley Ph.D., Niemann turned her back on academia and set out to master the craft of railroad brakeman, beginning a journey of sexual and subcultural exploration and traveling down a path toward recovery from alcoholism. In honest, clean prose, Niemann treks off the beaten path and into the forgotten places along the rail lines, finding true American characters with colorful pasts—and her true self as well.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Leslie Marmon Silko
  3. pp. xi-xx
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  1. 1. Breaking In
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Under the Freeways
  2. pp. 15-29
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  1. 3. Boomer in a Boom Town
  2. pp. 30-46
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  1. 4. Brakettes Invade Tucson
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. 5. Pasadena Gothic
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. 6. The Monterey Local
  2. pp. 90-109
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  1. 7. This is the Place
  2. pp. 110-123
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  1. 8. Cadillac Ranch
  2. pp. 124-139
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  1. 9. The Pass to the North
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. 10. Down the Line
  2. pp. 159-169
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  1. 11. Versions of Home
  2. pp. 170-195
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  1. 12. A Road to Ride
  2. pp. 196-204
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  1. 13. Northline
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. 14. Shasta
  2. pp. 221-232
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  1. 15. End of Track
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Books in The Railroad Past and Present Series
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 255
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