A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy--a car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his--while financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him. Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless, windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk. To Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of history--especially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than fifty years. So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's thirteenth owner--an orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested seventy-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin himself--embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery. Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero. Earl Swift began writing for a living in his teens. In the years since, the Virginia-based journalist has penned five books and hundreds of major features for newspapers and magazines, and has earned a reputation for fast-moving narrative and scrupulous reporting. His work for Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot was nominated five times for a Pulitzer Prize.A former Fulbright fellow in New Zealand, Swift is currently a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has a 20-year-old daughter, Saylor, and is engaged to the limber and multilingual Amy Walton of Virginia Beach.
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Earl Swift: Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream
An unforgettable ode to American car culture, award-winning author Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating narrative follows an outlaw-genius motorhead as he attempts to restore an iconic 1957 Chevy from rusted-out wreck to gleaming, chromed work of American art before the FBI closes in, charting the shifting dreams and fortunes of the people who've gripped this endangered icon's steering wheel, and in the process capturing America's strange and abiding relationship with the automobile.
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