Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha
by Ben L. Reitman
New York: Sheridan House, 1937. Hardcover. Fine/very good. 314pp. Octavo [21 cm] in boards. Light wear and a few short tears to jacket; boards are crisp and unworn; interior is unmarked. This fictitious biography inspired Martin Scorsese's 1972 film of the same name.From the jacket: "As a result of her restlessness and curiosity [Bertha Thompson] became, in fifteen years of wandering, a hobo, traveling from one end of the country to the other in box-cars, 'decking' passenger trains, and hitchhiking; member of a gang of shoplifters, with whom she traveled, as the mistress of one of the men, for months; a prostitute, working in a Chicago brothel; the mother of a child of an unknown father; and a research worker for the New York social service bureau. (Inventory #: 49258)
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