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Kayaking Alone


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Chapter 1 - SunbeamChapter 2 - Where the Marlboro Man Might SettleChapter 3 - Henry Clay Merritt, on His 158th BirthdayChapter 4 - Into the WildernessChapter 5 - Watching Fish in RigginsChapter 6 - Dragonflies and the Plant MigrationChapter 7 - Into the BreachChapter 8 - Locking Through with SmoltChapter 9 - River of EmpireChapter 10 - The Swallowing Monster and the Pictograph IslandChapter 11 - Watching Fish at Bonneville DamChapter 12 - Used up by the WindChapter 13 - Looking Back at Cape Disappointment

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A narrative of man and nature writ large

About the Author

Mike Barenti is a writer and journalist who has worked as a reporter for the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Idaho Falls Post Register and has taught English and creative writing at various colleges. He has published work in such journals as River Teeth and Ascent.


"Mike Barenti's heartfelt chronicle of the culture and politics of salmon rivers is both a splendid adventure yarn and a provocative inquiry into the American conscience." Paul Schullery, author of Searching for Yellowstone "Mike Barenti 's book is a good addition to Columbia River literature. Kayaking Alone is a travelogue, a wilderness adventure, an environmental history, and the story of the hopes and fears of the people whose lives are anchored in the river 's changing currents. But most of all it's a personal quest to understand this wonderful gift we call the Columbia River." Jim Lichatowich, fisheries biologist and author of Salmon Without Rivers "Mike Barenti's Kayaking Alone carried me like a river, but this is no passive traveler 's tale. Barenti 's knowledge of the Northwest makes this journey as intellectually engaging and rewarding as it is physically adventurous. In taking you down the river, this beautiful book takes you deep into narratives of humanity and nature --and reminds you that they flow as one story." Jonathan Johnson, author of Hannah and the Mountain

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