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Life on the Mississippi : an epic American adventure  Cover Image Book Book

Life on the Mississippi : an epic American adventure / Rinker Buck.

Buck, Rinker, 1950- (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781501106378
  • ISBN: 1501106376
  • Physical Description: 397 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Avid Reader Press, 2022.

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General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"The eagerly awaited return of master American storyteller Rinker Buck, Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand "flatboat era" of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America's first western frontier."--Amazon
The role of the flatboat in our country’s evolution is far more significant than most Americans realize. Buck chronicles his adventure building a wooden flatboat from the bygone era of the early 1800s and journeying down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. He cast off down the river on the flatboat Patience accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, steering a fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, Buck rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, breaks his ribs not once but twice, and camps every night on sandbars, remote islands, and steep levees. He explains how the western rivers in America became a floating supply chain that fueled national growth, and confronts the bloody truth behind settlers' push for land and wealth. -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Buck, Rinker, 1950- > Travel > Mississippi River.
Patience (Flatboat)
Mississippi River > Travel.
Mississippi River > History.
Flatboats > Mississippi River > History.
Genre: Travel writing.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 977 BUCK 2022  (Text) 523534 Non-Fiction Available -

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