Adams travels along the New River, which rises in the mountains of North Carolina, flows generally north into Virginia and West Virginia, and eventually merges with the Ohio and Mississippi. Along the way--traveling by car, bicycle, and canoe--he explains the workings of rapids, his ancestral connection to Appalachia as well as its the history, and even the origins of the term hillbilly. As he wanders, Adams points out local oddities (such as a school bus that incongruously rests on a huge boulder in the middle of a stretch of the New River) and takes in bluegrass festivals, family picnics and the occasional family feud, and little towns and large vistas, by all appearances having a grand time along the way.
"This is just a book about a river. There was no quest involved, only a wish to understand more about this part of the country and my family's past." So writes Adams, with characteristic understatement. It may lack grand purpose, but his book is a pleasure for anyone who knows the country of which he writes, and anyone who enjoys a backroad adventure. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It was such an entertaining and gentle read.
As you read this book, you can hear Adams talking: slowly and carefully, stopping here and there to dwell on a minor detail that focuses on the essence of a place.
This is a good book about experiencing the New River from North Carolina up north to West Virginia.
He has been reading this and really likes it. Says it's short stories about the New River, which my husband used to guide whitewater on. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pam Swope
This is a good book about experiencing the New River from North Carolina up north to West Virginia. Neat perspective and entices the reader to experience parts for themselves.Published 20 months ago by Lockharts4jc
This book made me want to visit some of the places along the New River that Noah Adams writes about. I've read that the New River Gorge is "the Grand Canyon of the East. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathleen C. Howard
My wife found this book for me and read it casually over the course of a month. The small chapters are essays focused on a specific point on or near the river (the book starts in... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Michael
This book is so self-centered its laughable. The author must have gone over it a dozen times adding flowerly terms. Read morePublished on December 25, 2011 by uncle vic
I picked this little book from my Aunt's bookcase looking for a quick read. What a nice surprise! On the 1st page I find that the author is from my hometown & it got better from... Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by pj
I honestly only ordered this book because I needed it for a presentation we were doing in my college English class, but I ended up loving the book. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by PieFtw
As author Adams states in his preface, when he took a sabbatical from co-hosting "All Things Considered" on NPR in 1997 to spend time exploring the New River that cuts from its... Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by C. Ebeling