Two Great Books for Drivers

If you work as a driver, you may have tried audio books to listen to the latest best sellers, but find the stress of today's modern roads too difficult to maintain a full understanding of what's going on. Your concentration can drift away from the story while you think of filling the haulage work stretching ahead of you.But while that may be so, once you've finished for the day, there's no better way of winding down and relaxing than by firing up your Kindle or picking up a paperback and settling down to some escapism after stressful haulage work. Here are two books every driver should read, for the best and worst of reasons.Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry Even if you've seen the film, there's an ever better reason to read this book. A film only represents a sixth of what goes into a book, by pure length alone. That means you've five-sixths more to learn and build into your mind's version of the film! And let's face it - it was a great film. The book centers on the relationship between a Jewish woman living in Atlanta and her driver, a black African American. The book shows the steady growth of their connection as friends, over a 25 year period. The modern day reader could hardly imagine there would be a problem between the boss and the driver, but back in the 1950's the world was a different place and while race relations are still difficult in many parts of the world, in this respect, Atlanta is unrecognisable from 50 years ago.The advantage of reading this book is the way in which the two main parties to the discussion take small steps and learn about each other as the years go by. In a film you have only 90 minutes to see any changes in character development. With a book, you are seeing the film in your mind so you make the changes on behalf of the characters.Where this book really wins, however, is how it shows the people around the two central characters and how they have to change their ways to match their friends and family. Makes you wonder about your own behavior on the road when doing haulage work - how do you behave to those who get in your way?Fear of Driving by Daniella Brodsky This is a strange but compelling tale about human relationships and personal life journeys.Her mother used to take Ruby everywhere, regularly, by any means of transport. Either driving an eighteen wheeler without any haulage work] or a beaten up old car, her mother traveled all over the country looking for love - which was no-where to be found. Obviously scarred by her nomadic and bizarre lifestyle, Ruby finally settled in New York where she didn't need a vehicle to get her around, and this helped ease her phobia of driving. Unfortunately, she meets a man who lives the other side of the country and the only way to get there is - you guessed it - by a long road car trip. You will really get to know and understand Ruby as you read this wonderful book. Even a seasoned cynic will be able to relate to her problems and sacrifices.   

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