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River-Horse: Across America by Boat

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Publisher Comments:

The author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth "takes us on a lifetime voyage full of imagery, insight and appreciation." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

In his most ambitious journey ever, William Least Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat named Nikawa ("river horse" in Osage) from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon. He and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some 5,000 watery miles, often following in the wakes of our most famous explorers, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark.

En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield incomparable pleasures: generous strangers, landscapes untouched since Sacajawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off.

Teeming with humanity, humor, and high adventure, River-Horse is an unsentimental and original arteriogram of our nation at the millennium.

Synopsis:

The acclaimed, bestselling author of "Blue Highways" and "PrairyErth" chronicles his unique journey through America's waterways, from Atlantic to Pacific. Brimming with history, drama, hilarity, and wisdom, "River Horse"--now in paperback--is a "Blue Highways" on water and ranks among the greatest American travelogues.

Synopsis:

Since hitting the American roads in "Blue Highways", William Least Heat-Moon has been following another calling--to traverse America by its rivers. From the waterways of his 5,000-mile voyage, Least Heat-Moon shares a sharp and stirring vision of America. He starts up the Hudson River and continues the voyage--from New York harbor to the Pacific Ocean--which packs surprises, wisdom, regrets, mishaps, candor, and conversations that readers who savored his previous work will delight in.

About the Author

William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the classics Blue Highways and PrairyErth. He lives near the Missouri River outside Columbia, Missouri, where he is casting about for his next adventure.

Table of Contents

My Lotic Mates

The Boat

I. The Hudson River

A Celestial Call to Board

Up Rivers without Sources

There Lurk the Skid Demon

A Drowned River

Where Mohicans Would Not Sleep

Snowmelt and a Nameless Creek

II. The Erie Canal

The Pull of a Continent

Released from the Necessity of Mundane Toil

Like Jonah, We Enter the Leviathan

Knoticals and Hangman's Rope

We Sleep with a Bad-Tempered Woman Tossed by Fever

III. The Lakes

Hoisting the Blue Peter

How the Sun Rose in the West to Set Me Straight

IV. The Allegheny River

An Ammonia Cocktail and a Sharp Onion-Knife

A Flight of Eagles, an Iron Bed, and So Forth

Unlimited Sprawl Area

Zing, Boom, Tararel!

V. The Ohio River

Proving the White Man a Liar

The Day Begins with a Goonieburger

Enamel Speaks

Along the Track of the Glaciers

From Humdrummery on down toward Tedium

A History of the Ohio in Three Words

A River Coughed Up from Hell

A Necessity of Topography and Heart

Nekked and Without No Posies

Eyeless Fish with Eight Tails

The Great Omphalos in Little Egypt

VI. The Mississippi River

A Night Without Light on a River Without Exits

The Ghost of the Mississippi

Of Swampsuckers and Samaritans

To the Tune of "Garry Owen" We Get Ready

VII. The Lower Missouri River

We Start Up the Great Missouri

I Attach My Life to the Roots of a Cottonwood

A Language with No Word for Flood

Looking the River in the Eye

Clustered Coincidences and Peach Pie

Gone with the Windings

Pilotis's Cosmic View Gets Bad News

The Dream Lines of Thomas Jefferson

A Water Snake across the Bow

Sacred Hoops and a Wheel of Cheddar

VIII. The Upper Missouri River

We Find the Fourth Missouri

The Phantom Ship of the Missouri Reeds

How to Steal Indian Land

A Conscientious Woman

Flux, Fixes, and Flumdiddle

Sitting Bull and the Broom of Heaven

How to Be a Hell of a Riverman

Yondering Up the Broomsticks

Chances of Aught to Naught

We Walk Under the Great River

Why Odysseus Didn't Discover America

Pilotis Concocts an Indian Name for God

Trickles, Dribbles, and Gurglets

My Life Becomes a Preposition

Little Gods and Small Catechisms

Eating Lightning

Imprecating the Wind

Into the Quincunx

Planning for Anything Less than Everything

Over the Ebullition

Ex Aqua Lux et Vis

Weaknesses in Mountains and Men

A Nightmare Alley

No Huzzahs in the Heart

IX. The Mountain Streams

We Meet Mister Eleven

Eating the Force that Drives Your Life

An Ark from God or a Miracle of Shoshones

A Shameless Festal Board

X. The Salmon River

Bungholes and Bodacious Bounces

XI. The Snake River

My Hermaphroditic Quest

Kissing a Triding Keepsake

Messing About in Boats

XII. The Columbia River

The Far Side of the River Cocytus

Place of the Dead

Theater of the Graveyard

A Badger Called Plan A

Robot of the River

A Taproom Fit for Raggedy Ann

Salt to Salt, Tide to Tide

An Afterword of Appreciation

If You Want to Help

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140298604
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Least Heat-Moon, William
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
Inland navigation
Subject:
Dories
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Heat Moon, William Least - Travel -
Subject:
Travel - U.S. - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
106-708
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 528 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140298604 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed, bestselling author of "Blue Highways" and "PrairyErth" chronicles his unique journey through America's waterways, from Atlantic to Pacific. Brimming with history, drama, hilarity, and wisdom, "River Horse"--now in paperback--is a "Blue Highways" on water and ranks among the greatest American travelogues.
"Synopsis" by , Since hitting the American roads in "Blue Highways", William Least Heat-Moon has been following another calling--to traverse America by its rivers. From the waterways of his 5,000-mile voyage, Least Heat-Moon shares a sharp and stirring vision of America. He starts up the Hudson River and continues the voyage--from New York harbor to the Pacific Ocean--which packs surprises, wisdom, regrets, mishaps, candor, and conversations that readers who savored his previous work will delight in.

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