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 so that it will become aware of what occurred to her place of origin river. The Passaic’s wildly convoluted path invitations detours into the river’s flood-prone ordinary background, New Jersey’s targeted 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 put it aside. half ordinary background, half own historical past, half rollicking event, the e-book is a story meditation at the ask yourself of nature, the iconic 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 take place once we forget about that straightforward, salty advice.”
"An American River is an tricky and gratifying braid of memoir, historical past, technological know-how, nature writing, and acute social statement. this is often an invigorating and hopeful publication, and its feel of ask yourself is infectious. it is not, i feel, too nice a stretch to assert that it holds its personal at the shelf along Walden, Silent Spring and A Sand County Almanac."
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