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What the River Means is a narrative about growing up, about accepting who we become and how we come to be that way, and about the common influences that shape our lives - often in differing ways. Through memorable stories, Elizabeth Hodges examines the importance of place in who we become and the importance of naming one's world in order to live well in it. She relates memories, trying to make sense of them in ways that will provide some truth in the present day, admitting the lengths that children go to make sense of adult worlds and situations, and to negotiate change and tragedy. What the River Means will be enjoyed by all of us who have a love of and interest in family, in relationships between the generations, and an appreciation of life on a river.
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There's an admirable range within What the River Means, bound together with a strong sense of voice, as if Hodges were in the room with you, reading.
Booknews
The 17 coming-of-age story essays of Hodges (composition and rhetoric, Virginia Commonwealth U.) emanate from Maryland's Severn River: "the river shaped me to fit its curves and bays." Sections are titled: "Faces pouring past me talking," "Learning to name," and "To feel the cords that bind." Several chapters have appeared elsewhere in earlier forms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface: Thoughts and Thanks
Sect. I Faces Pouring Past Me Talking 1
My Grandfather and the Fish 3
Baptism I - Vegetable Man 19
Decapitating Crocuses on Easter Morning 26
Baptism II - My Grandmother and the Colonel 38
Death by African Violet 46
Sect. II Learning to Name 67
What the River Meant 69
Baptism III - Learning to Name 86
Blood and Blue Willow 95
Baptism IV - Jim Brew 107
Dreams of Push-Button Eyes 110
Radio Wars 131
The Second Time I Almost Died 145
Baptism V - Gloria Sings 165
Before the Storm 171
Sect. III To Feel the Cords that Bind 185
Crossing with Deer, Providence Road 187
The World When We Are Not In It 200
What the River Means 226
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    A beautiful piece of nonfiction

    An emazing collection that has much to offer any reader, from those interested in nature and region to those fascinated by family and childhood memoir. Elizabeth Hodges shows what creative nonfiction really IS.

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