Boomer: Railroad Memoirs

Linda Niemann, Author University of California Press $0 (252p) ISBN 978-0-520-06844-5
This volume is an odd amalgam of memoir, job manual and social study, as ex-druggie, ex-alcoholic, bisexual English Ph.D. Niemann reflects on her decade as a boomer--a railroad brakeman for the Southern Pacific line--from the tedious details of her daily labors to thoughts on the spirit of the American West. In her job, the author encountered many ``characters,'' from Wrong Way, with whom she had a brief affair, to a frightening survivalist against whom she never won an argument. The author's portraits seem true to life, though Niemann terms some fictitious, and include insightful glimpses into personal history and a startling view of Utah society, as well as bland, easily forgettable passages. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Paperback - 978-0-939416-55-4
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