Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina

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In Down the Wild Cape Fear, novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their ...

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Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina

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Overview

In Down the Wild Cape Fear, novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their wisdom to our understanding of this river, which has been a main artery of commerce, culture, settlement, and war for the entire region since it was first discovered by Verrazzano in 1524.

Gerard explores the myriad environmental and political issues being played out along the waters of the Cape Fear. These include commerce and environmental stewardship, wilderness and development, suburban sprawl and the decline and renaissance of inner cities, and private rights versus the public good.

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By the book's end we get a sense of the innumerable interconnections that make the region a special, singular place.—North Carolina Literary Review
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Beginning in central North Carolina, the Cape Fear River flows 200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, creating habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and at one time serving as a commercial thoroughfare for the communities along its banks. Gerard (creative writing, Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington; The Patron Saint of Dreams) weaves the history of the Cape Fear River watershed with modern environmental concerns and his own experiences of the river. Much of the book focuses on the Wilmington area's history and current threats to the health of the river and the people, plants, and animals who live near it. The controversial revival of a cement plant upstream and plans for a new port downstream are presented from an environmental impact perspective founded in the author's obvious love of the area and his desire for it to thrive. VERDICT Like a river itself, winding its way through history and biology, politics and preservation, this book will appeal to both nature lovers and those living in and near the Cape Fear watershed.—Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469602073
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 776,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Gerard is the author of three novels and five books of nonfiction including The Patron Saint of Dreams. He lives on Whiskey Creek near the Intracoastal Waterway and sails his sloop Suspense on the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Posted April 2, 2013

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    Interesting mix of nature and history of the area.

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