River-Horse: Across America by Boat (Paperback)

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A retrace of Lewis & Clarke's historic trip in modern days.

— From Roxanne's Favorite Books


The author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth "takes us on a lifetime voyage full of imagery, insight and appreciation." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

In his most ambitious journey ever, William Least Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat named Nikawa ("river horse" in Osage) from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon. He and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some 5,000 watery miles, often following in the wakes of our most famous explorers, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark.

En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield incomparable pleasures: generous strangers, landscapes untouched since Sacajawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off.

Teeming with humanity, humor, and high adventure, River-Horse is an unsentimental and original arteriogram of our nation at the millennium.

About the Author

William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the classics Blue Highways and PrairyErth. He lives near the Missouri River outside Columbia, Missouri, where he is casting about for his next adventure.

Praise For…

"Heat-Moon's exuberant erudition propels the reader with historical vignettes, ecological and geological detail, and often hilarious encounters with local eccentrics." --Time

"Heat-Moon's prose is clear, straight-forward and lively and his vision unclouded." --Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140298604
ISBN-10: 0140298606
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2001
Pages: 528
Language: English