My River Chronicles

My River Chronicles

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After journalist Jessica DuLong was laid off from her dot-com job, her life took an unexpected turn. A volunteer day aboard an antique fireboat, the John J. Harvey, led to a job in the engine room, where she found a taste of home she hadna€™t realized she was missing. Working with the boata€™s finely crafted machinery, on the waters of the storied Hudson, made her wonder what America is losing in our shift away from hands-on work. Her questions crystallized after she and her crew served at Ground Zero, where fireboats provided the only water available to fight blazes. Vivid and immediate, My River Chronicles is a journey with an extraordinary guidea€”a mechanica€™s daughter and Stanford graduate who bridges blue-collar and white-collar worlds, turning a phrase as deftly as she does a wrench. As she searches for the meaning of work in America, DuLong shares her own experiences of learning to navigate a traditionally male world, masterfully interweaving unforgettable present-day characters and events with four centuries of Hudson River history. A celebration of craftsmanship, My River Chronicles is a deeply personal story of a unique womana€™s discovery of her own rootsa€”and Americaa€™sa€”that raises important questions about our nationa€™s future.The first car I owned had a stick shift. ... Haight, parking spots were scarce and often the only spaces I could find when I returned home from school late at night required parallel parking on a hill on the left-hand side of a main thoroughfare.

Title:My River Chronicles
Author:Jessica DuLong
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2009-09-08


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