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My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book) Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Environmental-studies-professor Lane lends eloquent weight to the metaphoric assertion that life is a river. This book is more than a chronicle and much more than a journal. Can there be such a thing as a memoir spanning a week-and-a-half’s length of time? Certainly Lane has become a different person by the time he and his friend reach the Atlantic Ocean, changed from who he was before leaving his backyard in the South Carolina high country and embarking on a 300-mile river journey. For one thing, memories of his family’s traumatic rafting vacation in Costa Rica, a mere three months prior, are tempered by the perspective gained during this successful canoe voyage. For another, the excursion itself, the people they encounter, as well as the sense of history the river grants further deepen his bond with the region. In an age that values faster and faster travel, Lane’s river memoir affirms the great value of floating and observing, providing meaningful testimony to the merits of focusing on a deeper level to one’s life journey. --Donna Chavez

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"John Lane knows that traveling on a river is the best way to see the land, to remember our history, and to face ourselves. This fine writer’s journey down his own southern waterway is an adventure that can inform and inspire us all."—Tim Palmer, author of Rivers of America, Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, and Youghiogheny: Appalachian River



"Countless readers across the South, and well beyond, will profit from trekking right along with John Lane, who is a very gifted natural teacher and a great literary companion."—Bland Simpson, co-author with Scott Taylor, The Coasts of Carolina



"In graceful, richly detailed prose, John Lane captures the dynamics of a complex watershed, where droughts, dangers and historical narratives flow as seamlessly together as the tributaries of the Santee."—Catherine Reid, Warren Wilson College, author, Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst



"I love John Lane's work. Before I picked up My Paddle to the Sea I was reading another book, a classic I am told, that was putting me to sleep. Then I turned to Lane's book and—zook—I was wide awake and floating down the river. Three qualities exist in his writing that are rarely compatible in an author: an intense readability, a deep thoughtfulness, and a largeness of spirit. 'Largeness is a lifelong matter,' said Wallace Stegner. John Lane has taken that to heart. Join him on this beautiful trip—full of contemplation and life-and-death, and humor and derring-do—and you will find yourself growing larger."—David Gessner, author of Return of the Osprey



"More than a mere travelogue, My Paddle to the Sea is a celebration of life, friendship, river travel, and the natural world. Like Lane's previous books of nonfiction, Deep in Black Water, Chattooga: Descending Into the Myth of Deliverance River, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph and Circling Home, My Paddle to the Sea is written in crisp yet intimate prose that is both poetic and layered, while never losing sight of the author's urgent desire to communicate the depth of his love for the natural world."—Jeremy L. C. Jones, Spartanburg Herald-Journal


"One needn't be a canoeist or even outdoorsy to appreciate the insights of modern-day river voyager John Lane as he chronicles his downriver journey from the Upstate to the Atlantic Ocean. . . . His overwhelming desire to 'rewild' South Carolina's disappearing natural places is presented less as environmental activism and more as a means to a somewhat idealistic end: ultimate preservation of our common heritage. Because for Lane, maintaining the integrity of our watershed is as much about holding on to the stories that have been born and died there, as it is about the river itself."—Heidi Coryell Williams, Town Magazine


"Lane lends eloquent weight to the metaphoric assertion that life is a river. This book is more than a chronicle and much more than a journal. . . . In an age that values faster and faster travel, Lane's river memoir affirms the great value of floating and observing, providing meaningful testimony to the merits of focusing on a deeper level to one's life journey."—Donna Chavez, Booklist


“This beautifully written and lyrical book is a meditation on the state's history and tangled environmental legacy as well as a look at the challenges that lie ahead. . . . Lane’s book is an intimate look at the vanishing wilds of our state as well as the author's own life. Either way, it is a journey well worth taking.”—James Scott, The Post and Courier
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Product Details

  • Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820339776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820339771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. His latest prose books are CIRCLING HOME (University of Georgia Press, 2007), THE BEST OF THE KUDZU TELEGRAPH (Hub City Writers Project, 2008), and MY PADDLE TO THE SEA (University of Georgia Press, 2011). His ABANDONED QUARRY: NEW & SELECTED POEMS was also published by Mercer University Press in 2011. Mercer University Press will also publish his book of essays BEGIN WITH ROCK, END WITH WATER in fall 2012.

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Format: Paperback
This is a terrific, selfless river trip account, which for me taught much about a part of the country I otherwise know little about. The travel writing mixes well with both historical insights and what this watershed faces in the present-day, with the latter never erring toward screed. South Carolinians should certainly be proud of this book and the region it describes, and anyone else reading will understand that pride. While Lane rightfully doesn't shy from the darker aspects of the area's past (or present), it's the rivers he travels and how they affect those who live around them that keep the tempo upbeat and a joy to read. Great book.
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By William Dennis Ely, Jr. on August 10, 2013
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I love to read adventure books but this one comes with a plus. The author includes history of the rivers and its people to draw you into the adventure.
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Lane's book is filled with information about South Carolina waterways, history, ecology issues and wildlife, as well as personal musings and wonderful tales of outdoor adventures. I've paddled and camped many of the places mentioned and thoroughly enjoyed his book.
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Great read. I felt like I was on the river with them. The only drawback is wanting to hit the river for your own expedition.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Varner on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
An eleven day canoe trip from the Piedmont to the Atlantic Ocean has a lot of potential, but the book is just not a fun read. Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods is the benchmark for outdoors travel writing that combines trip anecdotes with historic information about the area. John Lane's book follows a similar path, but misses the mark. As a paddler, some one who likes the outdoors, and some one who has worked on dams in the river basin, I found the story very compelling. But I only finished the book because of these reasons and not because the book really pulled me in. I felt I was reading my friend's travel blog that they decided to write during study abroad without any previous writing experience, than a serious book by an established author and professor.

If you have a specific interested in the Pacolet-Broad-Wateree-Santee river basin I think it can be a decent resource. If you interest is more general outdoors or adventure I think there a better books to read.
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