If, like me, you loved Murphy’s first book, the truck-driving memoir The Long Haul, you might have wondered what he’s been doing since he retired from the road. The answer: trying to cash in on the supposed hemp boom in his adopted state of Colorado. First he buys a chunk of farmland, then he spies a niche in processing the plants others are growing, and finally he loses his shirt (or, rather, a big chunk of his retirement funds). But he has a pretty great time along the way—he’s a serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge and the chaos of a new venture—and you will too. As in The Long Haul, he’s a lively and astute analyst of class in America, and an infectious (but clear-eyed) enthusiast for the stress and thrills of small business, even when that business goes belly up.
—Tom, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA