STONE, Nathaniel. STONE, Elizabeth.
Title: On the Water : Discovering America in a Rowboat. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Broadway Books, New York, 2002, ISBN:0767908414
Seller ID: 51932
STONE, Nathaniel. On the Water : Discovering America in a Rowboat ; illustrations by Elizabeth Stone. New York: Broadway Books, (2002). First Printing. Pp. (8),ix-x,(2),3-323,(3). 8vo, white paper covered boards with blue cloth spine. "Few people have ever considered the eastern United States to be an island, but when the author began tracing waterways in his new atlas at the age of ten, he discovered that if pone had a boat it was possible to use a combination of waterways to travel up the Hudson River, west across thebarge canals and the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf o f Mexico, and back up the eastern seaboard. Years later, still facscinated by the idea of the island, Stone read a biography of Howard Blackburn, a nineteenth-century Gloucester fisherman who had attempted to sail the same route a century before. So in April 1999 Stone decided to launch a seventeen-foot scull beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to see how far he could get. After ten months and some six thousand miles he arrived back at the Brooklyn Bridge, and continued rowing on the Eastport. Retracing Stone's extraordinary voyage, 'On the Water' is a marvelous portrait of the vibrant cultures inhabiting American shores and the magic of a traveler's chance encounters. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a rower at the local boathouse bequeaths him a pair of fabled oars, to Vanceburg, Kentucky, where he spends a day fishing with Ed Taylor -- a man whose efficient simplicity recalls 'The Old Manand the Sea' -- Stone makes his way, stroke by stroke, chatting with tugbo at operators and sleeping in his boat under the stars. He listens to the live strains of Dwight Yoakum on the banks of the Ohio while the world's largest Superman statue guards the nearby town square, and winds his way through the Louisiana bayous, where he befriends Scoober, an old man who reminds him that the happiest people are those who've 'got nothin'. He briefly adopts a rowing companion -- a kitten -- along the west coast of Florida, and finds himself stuck in the tidal mudflats of Georgia. Along the way, he flavors his narrative with local history and lore and records the evolution of what started out as an adventure but became a lifestyle. An extraordinary literary debut in the lyrical, timeless style of William Least Heat-Moon andHenry David Thoreau, 'On the Water' is a mariner's tribute to childhood dr eams, solitary journeys, and the transformative powers of America's rivers,lakes, and coastlines." - from the dj. Very good in dustjacket. 15.00