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Garage Editorial: Good Reads

Mar 9, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of the manufactures
Remember the days? Middle school. High school. A full-blown university effort or maybe a sprinkle of college. They had their pluses and minuses, didn’t they? There was a rhythmic monotony to it all, of course, intermingled with the highs and lows of good teachers, bad teachers, fun classes, hard classes, boring classes, sports escapades, and such. I happened to be one of those good students who actually, for the most part, honestly read whatever was assigned. I loved the smell of new textbooks and the feel of crisp pages. There was just something exhilarating about it all. In college, I vigilantly underlined and highlighted text in preparation for the next quiz. For those of you who aced tests without putting in any effort—I somewhat envy you!
Despite my dedication to academic reading, I somehow never found myself to be much of a magazine reader. Sure, I looked at the pictures and gave it a good skim, often starting at the back and working my way forward (what’s with that?), but I rarely read any article from beginning to end. Maybe I depleted all my reading tenacity on other things and simply had no capacity to digest any more words, making magazines more of a photographic escape.
Here are my questions: What do you value more in a magazine—words or pictures? What do you gravitate toward? Do you actually read this magazine?
Whether you just enjoy the pictures and the feel of a fresh magazine or read it cover to cover, one of the perks of adulthood is the ability to choose reading material—both magazines and books—in which we’re actually interested. In fact, as I’ve outlined below, a trio of books crossed my desk recently. They are very different from each other—yet all relatable to the work truck topic in their own ways—and you may find them to be good reads. Or at least have good pictures. Heck, they even make great gifts.
Photo 2/4   |   001 Whose Truck
Whose Truck?
Author: Toni Buzzeo
Illustrator: Jim Datz
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed, abramsbooks.com
Date: September 2015
Price: $9.95
Kids have a natural fascination with big trucks. They’re indeed larger than life. This board book highlights six kinds of trucks—a utility truck, a fire truck, a snowplow, an ambulance, a crane, and a broadcasting truck—and talks about each truck’s mechanical parts and operators.
Photo 3/4   |   002 International Trucks History
International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History
Author: Patrick Foster
Publisher: Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, quartoknows.com
Date: December 2015
Price: $45.00
The title sums it up. We’re talking never-before-seen archival photographs and complete history of International Harvester’s light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, vans, and station wagons, from the company’s early days and first truck model in 1907 to present. This 208-page hardback illustrated history will look right at home on the coffee table of any truck aficionado.
Photo 4/4   |   003 Scale Models Lego
The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling
Authors: Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman
Publisher: No Starch Press, nostarch.com
Date: September 2015
Price: $29.95
Your mind will be blown by these LEGO scale model creations. This 204-page book shows off 24 super talented LEGO scale modelers who skillfully combine thousands of LEGOS to create scale models of real trucks, ships, plans, and construction vehicles. A 5-foot-long LEGO Peterbilt 379, anyone?



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