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Far Appalachia: Following the New River North

– tekijä: Noah Adams

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With his sharp eye and gentle wit, Noah Adams doesn't just tell stories, he lets them unfold quietly, powerfully, and eloquently. Now the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered and bestselling author of Piano Lessons takes us on a river journey through the heart of Appalachia--a journey shared by pioneers and preachers, white-water daredevils, bluegrass musicians, and an unforgettable cast of vivid historical characters. Noah Adams has Appalachia in his blood. A native of eastern Kentucky, he comes to the headwaters of the New River not just in search of adventure but to better understand his own unique heritage. Following the New River from its mile-high source on North Carolina's Snake Mountain to its West Virginia mouth, Adams travels by Jeep and by bicycle, by foot and, most thrillingly, by white-water raft to explore the history, natural beauty, and fascinating characters waiting around every bend and turn. Distilling history from legend, Adams tells of men and women whose lives crossed the New River before him: Daniel Boone, fleeing his farming family in search of wilderness; Cherokee Indians driven west on their Trail of Tears; and the ill-fated men who traveled thousands of miles to work on the Hawk's Nest Tunnel, making a fortune for a company while their lungs filled with deadly silica dust. And along the way Adams follows the echoes of his own distant heritage, interweaving his river journey through Appalachia with yet another voyage, thousands of miles away. With eloquence and compassion, Noah Adams paints a luminous portrait of a land and a people as richly vital and complex as America itself. At the same time, his quietly personal chronicle captures the sheer magic of the flowing waters: their sound, their eddies, their utter unpredictability. A vibrant and unforgettable read, Far Appalachia mesmerizes and haunts like the bluegrass music that still rings through the mountains and valleys in which it was born.… (lisätietoja)
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näyttää 5/5
River trips on New river, N. Carl & West Virg.
  ahrens28 | Dec 27, 2008 |
Nice easygoing interesting read.
The literary equivalent of floating on the river Mr. Adams writes about. ( )
  hredwards | Oct 12, 2007 |
Noah Adams has put together a delightful tale of his travels on the backroads and waters of the New River (which flows north from it's start in North Carolina to West Virginia). Apparently Adams is a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered which I have listened to for years, but I just can't place the voice right now. *sigh*

Not only does Adams present you with a glimpse into modern-day small-town Appalachia, there's also history told of the New River area and its settlers. I loved the story of Mary Draper Ingles and can tell that I'll be searching out more infomation on this woman's incredible journey. As one who's been down the New (in WV) a few times, I particularly liked the author's tale of his whitewater rafting trip. I recognised many of the rapids he described. The 'ghost towns' of West Virginia haunted me from the time the river guides told me their stories and Adam's recollections have stirred up my interest to visit them and learn more about the mining communities of West Virginia. It's amazing how man can destroy nature - and how long it takes mother nature to recover.

I really enjoyed this book and found it an easy read - pretty much finished it in one sitting. The tales of the people and places along the New River just captivated me and I must convince my husband that West Virginia is not a land of rednecks and doublewide trailers, but truly a beautiful place that's not densely populated. Maybe one day I'll get back there - with or without him. ( )
1 ääni marcinyc | Jul 26, 2006 |
It made me feel like I was almost home for a little while.
1 ääni eclecticlibrarian | Nov 23, 2005 |
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With his sharp eye and gentle wit, Noah Adams doesn't just tell stories, he lets them unfold quietly, powerfully, and eloquently. Now the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered and bestselling author of Piano Lessons takes us on a river journey through the heart of Appalachia--a journey shared by pioneers and preachers, white-water daredevils, bluegrass musicians, and an unforgettable cast of vivid historical characters. Noah Adams has Appalachia in his blood. A native of eastern Kentucky, he comes to the headwaters of the New River not just in search of adventure but to better understand his own unique heritage. Following the New River from its mile-high source on North Carolina's Snake Mountain to its West Virginia mouth, Adams travels by Jeep and by bicycle, by foot and, most thrillingly, by white-water raft to explore the history, natural beauty, and fascinating characters waiting around every bend and turn. Distilling history from legend, Adams tells of men and women whose lives crossed the New River before him: Daniel Boone, fleeing his farming family in search of wilderness; Cherokee Indians driven west on their Trail of Tears; and the ill-fated men who traveled thousands of miles to work on the Hawk's Nest Tunnel, making a fortune for a company while their lungs filled with deadly silica dust. And along the way Adams follows the echoes of his own distant heritage, interweaving his river journey through Appalachia with yet another voyage, thousands of miles away. With eloquence and compassion, Noah Adams paints a luminous portrait of a land and a people as richly vital and complex as America itself. At the same time, his quietly personal chronicle captures the sheer magic of the flowing waters: their sound, their eddies, their utter unpredictability. A vibrant and unforgettable read, Far Appalachia mesmerizes and haunts like the bluegrass music that still rings through the mountains and valleys in which it was born.

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