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 hadnat realized she was missing. Working with the boatas 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 guideaa mechanicas 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 womanas discovery of her own rootsaand Americaasathat raises important questions about our nationas 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|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2009-09-08|