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My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work That Built America; A Personal and Historical Journey


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After journalist Jessica DuLong was laid off from her dot-com job, her life took an unexpected turn. A volunteer day aboard an antique fireboat, the andlt;Iandgt;John J. Harvey, andlt;/Iandgt;led to a job in the engine room, where she found a taste of home she hadnand#8217;t realized she was missing. Working with the boatand#8217;s finely crafted machinery, on the waters of the storied Hudson, made her wonder what America is losing in our shift away from hands-on work. Her questions crystallized after she and her crew served at Ground Zero, where fireboats provided the only water available to fight blazes. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Vivid and immediate, andlt;Iandgt;My River Chronicles andlt;/Iandgt;is a journey with an extraordinary guideand#8212;a mechanicand#8217;s daughter and Stanford graduate who bridges blue-collar and white-collar worlds, turning a phrase as deftly as she does a wrench. As she searches for the meaning of work in America, DuLong shares her own experiences of learning to navigate a traditionally male world, masterfully interweaving unforgettable present-day characters and events with four centuries of Hudson River history. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A celebration of craftsmanship, andlt;Iandgt;My River Chronicles andlt;/Iandgt;is a deeply personal story of a unique womanand#8217;s discovery of her own rootsand#8212;and Americaand#8217;sand#8212;that raises important questions about our nationand#8217;s future.

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Jessica DuLong, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Merchant Marine Officer, is one of the worldand#8217;s only female fireboat engineers. Sheand#8217;s also a journalist whose work has appeared inandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Newsweek Internationalandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Rolling Stoneandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Psychology Todayandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;CosmoGIRL!,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Parentingandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Todayand#8217;s Machining Worldandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp; and andlt;iandgt;Maritime Reporter andamp; Engineering Newsandlt;/iandgt;, and other publications. Her passion for the andlt;st1:placeandgt;Hudson Riverandlt;/ST1:PLACEandgt; took shape at her post in the diesel exhaust-filled engine room of retired New York City Fireboat andlt;iandgt;John J. Harveyandlt;/iandgt;, where temperatures climb to 130 degrees. The 1931 vessel, dubbed and#8220;Ambassador of the andlt;st1:cityandgt;Hudsonandlt;/ST1:CITYandgt;,and#8221; now operates as a living museum, offering free public trips around andlt;st1:placenameandgt;New Yorkandlt;/ST1:PLACENAMEandgt; andlt;st1:placetypeandgt;Harborandlt;/ST1:PLACETYPEandgt; and an annual whistle-stop tour up the andlt;st1:placeandgt;Hudson Riverandlt;/ST1:PLACEandgt;, with DuLong at the engine-room controls. andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; On September 11, 2001, Fireboat andlt;iandgt;John J. Harveyandlt;/iandgt; was called out of retirement to pump water at the andlt;st1:placeandgt;andlt;st1:placenameandgt;Worldandlt;/ST1:PLACENAMEandgt; andlt;st1:placenameandgt;Tradeandlt;/ST1:PLACENAMEandgt; andlt;st1:placetypeandgt;Centerandlt;/ST1:PLACETYPEandgt;andlt;/ST1:PLACEandgt; site. The andlt;iandgt;John J. Harveyandlt;/iandgt;and#8217;s civilian crew, including DuLong, pumped water alongside FDNY crews for four days. Later recognized in the andlt;iandgt;Congressional Recordandlt;/iandgt; for and#8220;ensuring constant smooth running of the enginesand#8221; during her service in the days following the attacks, she was also immortalized as a character in Maira Kalmanand#8217;s award-winning childrenand#8217;s book, andlt;iandgt;FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the andlt;/iandgt;John J. Harvey, and featured in Ben Gibberdand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;New York Watersandlt;/iandgt;. DuLongand#8217;s boating and writing worlds first collided with the publication of her essay and#8220;Below Decksand#8221; in the anthology andlt;iandgt;Steady As She Goes: Womenand#8217;s Adventures At Seaandlt;/iandgt; (Seal Press, 2003)and#8211;a piece that was singled out in andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; as and#8220;stylishand#8221; and a and#8220;high pointand#8221; of the collection.

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Dulong, Jessica
Free Press
Essays & Travelogues
United States - Mid Atlantic - New York
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Travel-New York
Travel Writing-General
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8.88 x 5.75 in 11.83 oz

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