“This quietly profound e book belongs on the shelf subsequent to Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.” —The New York TimesThe riveting true story of Dick Conant, an American folks hero who, over the course of greater than twenty years, canoed solo 1000’s of miles of American rivers—after which disappeared close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This e book “comprises the whole lot: journey, thriller, travelogue, and unforgettable characters” (David Grann, best-selling writer of Killers of the Flower Moon).For many years, Dick Conant paddled the rivers of America, protecting the Mississippi, Yellowstone, Ohio, Hudson, in addition to innumerable smaller tributaries. These solo excursions had been epic feats of planning, perseverance, and bodily braveness. On the identical time, Conant collected individuals wherever he went, creating an enormous community of buddies and acquaintances who would without end keep in mind this sensible and charming man even after a single assembly. Ben McGrath, a workers author at The New Yorker, was a type of individuals. In 2014 he met Conant by probability simply north of New York Metropolis as Conant paddled down the Hudson, headed for Florida. McGrath wrote a extensively learn article about their encounter, and when Conant’s canoe washed up a number of months later, with none signal of his physique, McGrath got down to discover the individuals whose lives Conant had touched—to seize a outstanding life lived far outdoors the staid confines of recent existence.Riverman is a shifting portrait of a fancy and interesting man who was as troubled as he was charismatic, who struggled with psychological sickness and self-doubt, and was finally unable to trend a secure life for himself; who traveled alone and but thrived on connection and introduced numerous individuals collectively in his wake. It is usually a portrait of an America we not often see: a nation of unconventional characters, small river cities, and long-forgotten waterways.
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