In the Land of the Wild Onion: Travels Along Vermont's Winooski River

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UPNE, 2006 - 253 sider
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Charles Fish, author of In Good Hands: The Keeping of a Family Farm and Blue Ribbons and Burlesque: A Book of Country Fairs, sets off on a journey down Vermont's Winooski River, from the headwaters in Cabot to river's end at Lake Champlain, in order to rediscover the river valley of his youth and to consider the power of place in all our lives. Recounting travels by foot, car, and canoe (which Fish christens "The Tub"), In the Land of the Wild Onion offers engaging and often humorous tales of adventures along the river, of impenetrable thickets and backbreaking portages, of battles with a recalcitrant canoe, of nights camping out among the mosquitoes.

The people Fish meets along the way spur discussions of geology, hydropower, hunting, fishing, farming, and tracking, to name a few. The chronicle of his journey is both a reminiscence of days spent living along the Winooski and a clear-eyed, deeply informative, and fascinating look at the changes and challenges to the habitat and resources of a river valley. What emerges is a portrait of the lives and rhythms of the valley, a rich and rewarding insight into how the land forms us and how we, its stewards, care for the land. Anyone with an interest in nature writing or local and regional resource management will profit from this well-told tale of one of Vermont's great rivers.

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My River My Valley I
1
Headwaters
8
Growing Up at the Headwaters
14
Poking Around Poking Along
22
Haps Mill
29
The Making of a Valley
35
Take to the Water
47
The Deer Hunter
52
The Long March and a Midnight Alarm
113
The Farmers
120
From Gorge to Gorge
132
The Bobcat Man
136
The Haunted House
149
Power
158
The Abenaki
169
The Superintendent and the Doctor
180

In Search of the Wild Onion
64
A Clean Story and Some Dirty Ones
68
Backyard Camping
79
The Water Woman and the Surficial Geologist
82
A Perilous Portage in a City of Rivers
94
The Trout Fisherman
99
To the Lake
194
The Trapper
200
Learning to See
213
Notes
229
Published Sources
243
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Om forfatteren (2006)

CHARLES FISH, a native Vermonter and retired professor of English, lives in Dummerston, Vermont, with his wife Eleanor. This is his third book.

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