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Original Essays | August 20, 2014

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Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
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Kayaking Alone: Nine Hundred Miles from Idaho's Mountains to the Pacific Ocean (Outdoor Lives) by Mike Barenti
Kayaking Alone: Nine Hundred Miles from Idaho's Mountains to the Pacific Ocean (Outdoor Lives)

Howard Turner, May 3, 2010

I gave myself permission years ago to put down a book when it was painful to read. This is one of those books. I could not finish this book for several reasons. The first being poor writing. The writing is just horrible. The conversations are unbelievable, and the unfocused manner in which he writes makes this one of the most painful,mind numbing books I have ever attempted to read. The core of the problem seems to stem from the fact that Mr. Barenti is attempting to mask the fact that he was writing this book to appease his girlfriend who is a biologist while trying to convince the reader that he was an objective, open minded journalist from a small town just out for a paddle and a time of discovery. The reader soon finds that he is really preaching the gospel of environmental protection of Salmon habitat. Not a bad idea in itself if the author had been honest about his motives for writing this dry, unbelievable tale. I wanted to relax and read a story about a kayak trip in the Pacific Northwest. If I wanted a moral essay on dams and fish habitat, I would have picked a better author and and someone skilled in writing. Save your money and time. There are better books on the shelf related to both kayaking and Salmon habitat.
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The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West by David Haward Bain
The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West

Howard Turner, February 15, 2010

David Bain writes in an easy, fluid style that makes you embrace this book like an old friend. He flips you back and forth between the present moment and a point in history, weaving tales about his own experience on the road while taking short trips into history. He does this without injecting ego or opinion into most of the text, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions about the events. Unlike some authors who insist on hitting you over the head with their view of the world, he makes you a passenger in the journey, treating you more like an old friend who he has trusted as his navigator. I would recommend reading the book titled " Nothing Like it in the World" by Stephen Ambrose before you read this book. David Bain published his work on the building of the transcontinental railroad( Empire Express) one year before Ambrose. I suggest the Ambrose read as it will give you an introduction into the subject from another view and will allow you to better appreciate the story as told by David Bain.
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