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Riverman: An American Odyssey


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The riveting true story of Dick Conant, an American people hero who, over the course of greater than 20 years, canoed solo hundreds of miles of American rivers – after which disappeared close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.Thisbook “accommodates all the things: 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, masking the Mississippi, Yellowstone, Ohio, Hudson, in addition to innumerable smaller tributaries. These solo excursions have been epic feats of planning, perseverance, and bodily braveness. On the identical time, Conant collected individuals wherever he went, creating an enormous community of mates and acquaintances who would eternally bear in mind this good and charming man even after a single assembly.Ben McGrath, a workers author at The New Yorker, was a kind 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 broadly 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 exceptional life lived far outdoors the staid confines of recent existence.Riverman is a shifting portrait of a posh and interesting man who was as troubled as he was charismatic, who struggled with psychological sickness and self-doubt, and was in the end 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’s also a portrait of an America we hardly ever see: a nation of unconventional characters, small river cities, and long-forgotten waterways.