"An engaging tale. [Lourie] vividly describes exciting whitewater rides-some hot, some slow-and the joys of crowded paddling, and throughout he provides a historical recounting of the development of the civilization along the river. . . . The many people he met along the way, including loggers, fishermen, guides, barge pilots, and a squatter, add to the richness of his tale."—Library Journal
"I bet this book will persuade many to rent a canoe and repeat at least portions of Peter Lourie's extraordinary trip. And for the rest of us it will give information we need to protect the river, restore it, and help see that it's loved by young and old, rich and poor."—Pete Seeger
"With the world explored, Peter Lourie chose his own backyard for a wonderful adventure. He has written an excellent book."—Robert Boyle, author of The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History
Peter Lourie has written books about his journeys on many rivers, from the Amazon and the Everglades to the Yukon and the Missouri. His most recent book is Erie Canal: Canoeing America's Great Waterway, describing a 500-mile paddle from Lake Erie to his home in Middlebury, Vermont. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury College, and he is now working on two books, one about the Rio Grande and the other about Incan treasure.
6 x 9, 344 pages, 42 black and white illustrations, 4 maps