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Hawley Public Library 921 CON (Text) 33500013593132 New Checked out 06/14/2022

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  • ISBN: 9780451494009
  • ISBN: 0451494008
  • ISBN: 9781101973615
  • ISBN: 1101973617
  • Physical Description: 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

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"The riveting story of Dick Conant, an American folk hero who, over the course of more than twenty years, solo canoed thousands of miles of American rivers--and then in 2016 disappeared off the coast of North Carolina"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 December #1
    *Starred Review* In 2014, McGrath had a chance encounter with river explorer Dick Conant, who paddled by McGrath's house on the Hudson River. For decades, Conant lived a vagabond life holding a variety of jobs while traveling solo along major rivers and tributaries, and on this occasion, he had recently embarked on a waterway journey from Upstate New York to Florida in a 14-foot canoe. McGrath, a staff writer for the New Yorker, wrote a piece about Conant for the magazine; then in November of that year, he received a call from North Carolina officials because his phone number was found in the gear of a missing canoer. Conant's body never turned up, and he is presumed dead. Consulting Conant's journals and a wealth of documents found in storage, along with the help of Conant's family members and a host of friends and one-time acquaintances, McGrath retraces the remarkable life of this gentle man whose life on the water touched so many. Riverman honors a free-spirited American naturalist and modern-day explorer (a blend of Forrest Gump, Huck Finn, and even Don Quixote) who shucked a conventional lifestyle for complete freedom, at significant personal cost. A masterpiece of narrative nonfiction. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

BEN McGRATH is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker. He lives outside New York City in a small town on the Hudson, with his wife and two children. This is his first book.

Subject: Conant, Dick.
Canoes and canoeing > United States.
Adventure and adventurers > United States > Biography.
Canoeing accidents > United States.
Adventure and adventurers.
Canoeing accidents.
Canoes and canoeing.
United States.
Adventure and adventurers > Biography.
Genre: Biography

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