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Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina Hardcover – March 4, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469602075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469602073
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerard takes readers with him on a 200-mile trip down the Cape Fear River. . . [and] it's obvious that his book was labor of love.--Southern Pines Pilot

A reading journey that no one who loves North Carolina should pass by.--D.G. Martin One on One

An adventure story paired with a view of the ecology, history, development, and industry along a vital river that runs from the core of North Carolina to the coast. Gerard uses glittering, evocative prose to recount his travels by canoe and powerboat down the Wild Cape Fear River with a guide, biologist, photographer, and others. . . . This is a compelling story that offers a striking and thoughtful look at the many environmental, political, and commercial issues affecting this region and the waterway that feeds it.--ForeWord

This is simply the best piece of writing about [the Cape Fear] river that I've read.--Fayetteville Observer

By the book's end we get a sense of the innumerable interconnections that make the region a special, singular place.--North Carolina Literary Review

Equal parts historical survey, river adventure and nature walk, it's a fascinating trip down North Carolina's most storied river.--Raleigh News and Observer

Like a river itself, winding its way through history and biology, politics, and preservation, this book will appeal to both nature lovers and those living in and near the Cape Fear watershed.--Library Journal

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If you've ever fallen in love with a lake, river, or stretch of shore, you'll enjoy this trip down the Cape Fear with Philip Gerard. Between the characters he meets, the historical tales, the beautifully described natural encounters, and the river-running adventures, it's as varied and engaging as a long day spent drifting downstream.--Jan DeBlieu, author of Year of the Comets: A Journey from Sadness to the Stars

More About the Author


"I believe in the writer as a witness to evil, as a reporter of injustice, as a chronicler of human compassion, even on occasion of greatness, as one whose skills illuminate the Truth with a capital T, without irony. I believe it is the job of the writer to put into words what is worst - and also what is best - about us. To light up our possibilities, discover the finest lives to which we can aspire, and to inspire our readers to greatness of soul and heart."

The Patron Saint of Dreams book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvexuZ8Q7
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Pocket Biography
Philip Gerard was born in 1955 and grew up in Newark, Delaware. He attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware. At the University of Delaware, he earned a B.A. in English and Anthropology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. After college he lived in Burlington, Vermont, writing freelance articles, before returning to newspaper work in Delaware and then going west to study fiction writing at the University of Arizona writers workshop. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 1981 and almost immediately joined the faculty at Arizona State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and later as Writer in Residence. He remained at ASU until 1986, then taught for a brief time at Lake Forest College in Illinois before migrating to coastal North Carolina.
Gerard has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous magazines, including New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Hawai'i Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Letters, Arts & Letters, Fourth Genre, and The World & I. He is the author of three novels: Hatteras Light (Scribners 1986; Blair/ Salem paper 1997, nominated for the Ernest Hemingway Prize), Cape Fear Rising (Blair 1994), Desert Kill (William Morrow 1994; Piatkus in U.K. 1994); and four books of nonfiction, including Brilliant Passage. . . a schooning memoir (Mystic 1989) and Creative Nonfiction-- Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life (Story Press 1996), which was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month and Quality Paperback Book Clubs. Maryanne Culpepper, director of story development for National Geographic Television, writes, "It is the manual for nonfiction storytellers. . . Creative Nonfiction is on every bookcase at National Geographic Television."
He has written nine half-hour shows for Globe Watch, an international affairs program, for PBS-affiliate WUNC-TV, Chapel Hill, N.C. , and international broadcast, and scripted two hour-long environmental documentaries, one of which, "RiverRun- down the Cape Fear to the Sea," won a Silver Reel of Merit from the International Television Association in 1994. Two of his weekly radio essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Gerard's Writing a Book that Makes a Difference (Story Press, 2000), combines his dual passions of writing and teaching. His latest book of nonfiction Secret Soldiers (Dutton 2002; Plume softcover 2004) tells the story of an unlikely band of heroes in World War II: artists who fought the Nazis by creating elaborate scenarios of deception, conjuring phantom armored divisions out of sound effects, radio scripts, pyrotechnics, and inflatable tanks. River Run: Adventuring Through History,Nature, and Politics Down the Cape Fear to the Sea is forthcoming from UNC Press.

He teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, which he chairs. He has won the Faculty Scholarship Award, the College of Arts & Science Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the Graduate Mentor Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Award, and a Distinguished Teaching Professorship, and the Faculty Excellence Award given by the MFA students. The Philip Gerard Fellowship, endowed by benefactor Charles F. Green III to honor Gerard's work in establishing and directing the MFA program, is awarded annually to an MFA student on the basis of literary merit. Gerard has also been writer in residence at Bradford (MA) College and Old Dominion University (VA), has taught at the Sand Hills and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, and has conducted workshops at the Chautauqua Institution , the Wildacres Summer Writers Retreat, and the Goucher College summer residency MFA program in Creative Nonfiction.
In keeping with his conviction that writers should give something back to their profession, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers Network and from 1995-98 on the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs, for two of those years as President. He has been appointed by Governor Bev Perdue to a second three-year term on the North Carolina Arts Council.

Look for his new book of narrative essays, The Patron Saint of Dreams, from Hub City Press in Spring 2012.





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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence G. Zoller on April 3, 2013
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I enjoyed this book for many reasons. It reminded me of river paddles and camping on the Potomac River and the Florida Everglades that I've done. His descriptions echo some my own experiences.
It helped me as a NC newcomer to learn a lot more about my state's history, economics and ecology.
I liked his writing style which flowed easily and shared a great deal of information in a concise form. I'd read more books from this author on related topics.
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I received quite an education about the Cape Fear and the early history of North Carolina's coast from reading this book.. Luckily my son who sells water chemicals in NC and was an avid fisherman can benefit from my reading this. He has fished most of these places since he lives near the coast. I will send him a copy for Christmas and have him promote it to his fishing friends.
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By Sarah Keziah on February 16, 2014
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Too much history. History needs to be discussed but not to the extent that it was given. Would have liked to read more about the natural history of the area.
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By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2013
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BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S TRIP DOWN THE LENGTH OF THE CAPE FEAR RIVER AND A WONDERFUL ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY AND LIFE OF THE RIVER.
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Philip Gerard is an outstanding author, researcher,and lover of the beauty of the Capre Fear
River. A must read for anyone who loves to learn.
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By Carl R Anderson on August 3, 2013
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This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, educational yet light. It reminds me of "The Man Who Walked Through Time" crossed with a little "Travels With Charley". I recommend it highly.
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By B. Baldridge on July 7, 2013
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I of course would like this because I have a special place in my life for the Cape Fear River. This is a wonderful history of a very interesting area tha is well written
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