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River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America

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Publisher Comments:

In RIVER-HORSE, the preeminent chronicler of American back roads — who has given us the classics BLUE HIGHWAYS and PRAIRYERTH — recounts his singular voyage on American waters from sea to sea. Along the route, he offers a lyrical and ceaselessly fascinating shipboard perspective on the country's rivers, lakes, canals, and towns. Brimming with history, drama, humor, and wisdom, RIVER-HORSE belongs in the pantheon of American travel literature. In his most ambitious journey ever, Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat he 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 five thousand watery miles — more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed — often following in the wakes of our most famous explorers, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark. En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged rocks, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield up incomparable pleasures: strangers generous with help and eccentric tales, landscapes unchanged since Sacagawea 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. And, throughout its course, the expedition enjoys coincidences so breathtaking as to suggest the intervention of a divine and witty Providence. Teeming with humanity and high adventure, Heat-Moon's account is an unsentimental and original arteriogram of our nation at the edge of the millennium. Masterly in its own right, RIVER-HORSE, when taken with BLUE HIGHWAYS and PRAIRYERTH, forms the capstone of a peerless and timeless trilogy.

Review:

"Whatever Heat-Moon's passion for maps and the lands they conceal, one will always catch him here courting the language, rolling the evocative place names into musical lists, teasing the reader with rare and endangered words." John Mitchell, Washington Post Book World

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" is a "Blue Highways" on water and ranks among the greatest American travelogues.

About the Author

Under the name of William Least Heat-Moon, William Trogdon is the author of the best-selling classics BLUE HIGHWAYS, PRAIRYERTH, and RIVER-HORSE: A VOYAGE ACROSS AMERICA. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395636268
Subtitle:
A Voyage Across America
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Author:
Least Heat-Moon, William
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Sailing - Narratives
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
Inland navigation
Subject:
Dories (Boats) -- United States.
Subject:
Dories
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Outdoor Skills
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Heat Moon, William Least - Travel -
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.84 lb

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Product details 528 pages Houghton Mifflin,1999. - English 9780395636268 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Whatever Heat-Moon's passion for maps and the lands they conceal, one will always catch him here courting the language, rolling the evocative place names into musical lists, teasing the reader with rare and endangered words."
"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" is a "Blue Highways" on water and ranks among the greatest American travelogues.
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