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Reading Water: Lessons from the River [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of America’s strong pioneer women, Rebecca Lawton was one of the first women river guides in the West. For millions of Americans and foreign visitors who have navigated America’s great rivers by raft or boat - and for those who wish they could - this collection of essays will help them understand rivers and their impact on the human emotional landscape in a deeper sense.

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Reading Water: Lessons from the River

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Overview

In the tradition of America’s strong pioneer women, Rebecca Lawton was one of the first women river guides in the West. For millions of Americans and foreign visitors who have navigated America’s great rivers by raft or boat - and for those who wish they could - this collection of essays will help them understand rivers and their impact on the human emotional landscape in a deeper sense.

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Library Journal
Rivers provided the main routes for discovery of the American West. Today, rafting or boating those same rivers can still provide a vehicle for a different kind of discovery-of one's self. Lawton is a seasoned, licensed boatwoman who has navigated many of the most beautiful and technically difficult rivers of the West. Her experiences as a woman succeeding in a very physically demanding profession (she was one of the first female river guides) and the people with whom she works are interesting by themselves, as are her passing observations about the geology and natural history of the rivers. The overarching theme of these short essays, though, is how she connects with nature, and ultimately with herself, on the water. Her reflections are not especially profound, and her prose tends to be a bit airy, but the thoughts and feelings that she expresses are affirmative, introspective, and unpretentious. For its honesty and relative simplicity, if this book were a river it would be broad, not deep. For larger general collections of nature essays. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044264205
  • Publisher: van Haitsma Literary
  • Publication date: 1/20/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 413 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Lawton was among the first women whitewater guides in the West. She has since published articles and short stories in journals such as Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Santa Barbara Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and earned the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers. Her collection of essays about the river guiding life, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Junction, Utah is her debut novel.
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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
The Thing in Water 1
Braided Love 15
Prodigal River 28
Eddied Out 39
Take the "C" Train 54
In the Shadow of Giants 67
The Tongue 81
Gaining a Loss 97
Reading Water 115
Traveling Bodies 127
Confluence 136
Life on the Floodplain 152
Of Cobbles, Zen, and River Gods 161
Faith in the Dry Season 169
Past the Edge of Land 179
Acknowledgments 197
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