A Tribute to Bookmobiles

On NPR’s All Things Considered last night, W. Ralph Eubanks talked about how the bookmobile shaped his life [Listen to the Story],

…it is my identity as reader that shaped the type of writer that I am. And I owe that to an old Ford bookmobile, a summertime pleasure that changed the way I see the world. Rather than feeling alone and isolated in turmoil-ridden Mississippi, a cool, air-conditioned library on wheels connected me to a world beyond the limits of where I grew up. In my life, that has made all the difference.

Eubanks, the Director of Publishing at The Library of Congress, wrote the memoir Ever is a Long Time, called one of the best books of 2003 by the Washington Post’s Jonathan Yardley and The House at the End of the Road.

Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past A Memoir
W. Ralph Eubanks
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Basic Books – (2005-01-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0465021050 / 9780465021055


The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
W. Ralph Eubanks
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian – (2009-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 006137573X / 9780061375736

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