Along The Edge Of America

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The best-selling author and walker Peter Jenkins, landlubber par excellence, now takes to the waves and explores, as only he can, a part of America rich in history, mystery, and lore: from the Florida Keys to the Mexican border, by way of the Everglades, the treacherous "jungle woods," genteel southern homesteads, the Cajun marshlands, and Texas's coastal cattle country. It's a riveting encounter with hardy, resourceful, colorful - and occasionally dangerous - characters who have one thing in common: a fierce ...

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Overview

The best-selling author and walker Peter Jenkins, landlubber par excellence, now takes to the waves and explores, as only he can, a part of America rich in history, mystery, and lore: from the Florida Keys to the Mexican border, by way of the Everglades, the treacherous "jungle woods," genteel southern homesteads, the Cajun marshlands, and Texas's coastal cattle country. It's a riveting encounter with hardy, resourceful, colorful - and occasionally dangerous - characters who have one thing in common: a fierce love for their world of wind and water and sun, a world that Jenkins brings uniquely to life.

In a fascinating oral history of a colorful part of the American landscape, the bestselling author of A Walk Across America chronicles a two-year journey along the Gulf Coast, from the Florida Keys to the Texas coastal cattle country.

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"A wonderful Read" The Los Angeles Times

"Will challenge your worldview, subvert your smugness, and give you a hypodermic of wanderlust" The Tulsa World

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At 22, Jenkins set out on a six-year walk across the country. It was a journey full of new people, places, and ideas, and it became a journey of self-discovery. His account of it (A Walk Across America, 1979) launched a successful writing career. Now nearing 40 and plagued by mid-life ennui, Jenkins once again set out, this time piloting a 25-foot boat along 1600 miles of Gulf Coast from the Florida keys to the mouth of the Rio Grande. During the two-year trip he found a startling array of intriguing characters and parts of America that few of us will ever see. The reader is also pleased that, once again, the author found himself. A travel book and more, this is recommended for all public libraries.-Jim Burns, Ottumwa, Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395877371
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 280,357
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Jenkins, in addition to being a best selling writer, is an award-winning photographer. His books are part of the curriculum in over three thousand schools from coast to coast (to coast). He lives in Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    New Year's Day, 2003

    This review is for "Along the Edge of America" by Peter Jenkins, which I've recently finished reading. I want this book review to serve also as my tribute to a very good writer. I still have my paperback copies of "A Walk Across America" published in 1979 and "The Walk West", circa 1981. Somewhat faded and yellowed, but treasured. These books have been unforgettable to me. The late 70's and the 80's, to the present time, often find me temporarily leaving reality behind. Escaping my own daily struggles and cares, I can mentally journey down roads or waterways with Peter, experiencing the colors and textures of his adventures, his people and the landscapes he paints with sentences. I well know the feeling of loss of confidence in ones self. Most of us do, and get beyond it, somehow. In "Along the Edge of America" Peter found his own way of conquering past disappointments. His story reflects a happier man who is better able to accept what life has handed him and to more fully enjoy the rest of it. A gentle sadness falls over me as I come to the end of any book written by Peter Jenkins. I wonder, "Will there be another book?", "What part of the world will I learn about this time?", "What people will I know through his stories?" I've never personally visited any of the people described in Peter Jenkins books. But, he has introduced them to me and made me feel their happiness as well as their sorrows and regrets. We all have plenty of those three things in our lives. "Along the Edge of America" seems an honest account of a very trying, yet valuable portion of this man's life. It's a good group of stories and very pleasing to read. Thank you, Peter Jenkins.

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