By Mary Bruno
New Jersey’s Passaic River rises in a pristine wetland and leads to a federal Superfund web site. In An American River, writer and New Jersey local Mary Bruno kayaks its size on the way to detect what occurred to her native land river. The Passaic’s wildly convoluted path invitations detours into the river’s flood-prone common background, New Jersey’s specified geology, the corrupt practices of the Newark chemical plant that produced Agent Orange and poisoned the river with dioxin, and into the lives of an unforgettable solid of characters who've lived and labored alongside the Passaic and who're making an attempt, even now, to reserve it. half common heritage, half own background, half rollicking experience, the ebook is a story meditation at the ask yourself of nature, the long-lasting ties of kin, and the facility of water and loss. “My nice grandmother beloved to assert, ‘Don’t shit within the nest,’” writes Bruno. “The Passaic River is an item lesson in what can occur after we forget about that straightforward, salty advice.”
"An American River is an complex and enjoyable braid of memoir, heritage, technology, nature writing, and acute social remark. this can be an invigorating and hopeful publication, and its experience of ask yourself is infectious. it isn't, i believe, too nice a stretch to claim that it holds its personal at the shelf along Walden, Silent Spring and A Sand County Almanac."
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