Chapter 30 
New York City
              Gassed Tomatoes 

Genger writes with a poet's heart, a truck driver's focus, and a tourist's eye.  She transports us across America's breathtaking landscapes and urban blight all while trying to stay sober and neutralize her own demons.  I'm glad I went along for the ride.

— Neil Tarpey, author of Flashes of Lightning


Out of desperation to escape the confines of her small Northern California town, Genger breaks every rule of her 1970s social class, gender, and upbringing to become a long-haul truck driver.  Shift Happens will make you laugh, cringe, and celebrate as Margot navigates the underground life of long-haul truck driving with 11 different driving partners.  She criss-crosses the U.S.  delivering everything from Hustler Magazines to Washington State apples — sees both the beauty and the meanness that is America — and eventually realizes what she values in 'home'.

— Susan Bennett, PhD, English Professor Emeritus


5.0 out of 5 stars June 26, 2018  Format: Audible Audiobook 

Clutch - Shift  

     This isn’t a book about trips between Central Valley fruit growers and Kroger in Cincinnati; this is the story of the journey from psychosis to self-acceptance with a few entertaining truck driving stories along the way. Margot Genger took copious notes during her career as a long haul trucker and those notes became “Shift Happens”. An engaging memoir superbly told by Randye Kaye, “Shift Happens” creates real empathy for Margot and her search to find something out there on the road which, in the end, turned out to be Margot.
     A highly entertaining tale.    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

A family reunion on the other side of the country.  Page 311

5 out of 5 stars   cosmitron 06-14-18 

Keep onTruckin

This Review can be in the form of a Country song.......yup

heartache, alcholism, depression... yeah hitting bottom really hitting bottom.  But the song picks up speed and the tempo gets a little happier our hero starts to take control of her life she defies gender roles and becomes a long haul Trucker. Yup she is meetin all kinds of characters and absorbing their lifes lessons and lets sing along she is a girl who knows her place in this crazy world.   With help from a great Narrator you got yourself a good read. 


1940s Volvo  Page 13-14

5 out of 5 stars     Rhonda  06-25-18

Real life with all it's ups and downs

Real story told without hiding the bad stuff and trying to make it appear more pretty than it was. I got into this story right away and had to keep listening. It's told true to life and with all the mistakes, the drama, heartbreak and every other bad and good thing that happened. I had to keep listening to know if she made it through everything her difficult life threw at her. This is a story of an amazingly strong and determined woman. I loved it! This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


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