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Down the wild Cape Fear : a river journey through the heart of North Carolina /
Philip Gerard.
imprint
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
description
276 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN
1469602075 (cloth : alkaline paper), 9781469602073 (cloth : alkaline paper)
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imprint
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
1469602075 (cloth : alkaline paper)
9781469602073 (cloth : alkaline paper)
contents note
Part 1. The Upper Reaches -- Part 2. The Middle Reaches -- Part 3. The Lower Reaches -- Part 4. The Estuary -- Part 5. Finishing at the Starting Point.
catalogue key
8865685
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-273) and index.
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In Down the Wild Cape Fear, novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their wisdom to our understanding of this river, which has been a main artery of commerce, culture, settlement, and war for the entire region since it was first discovered by Verrazzano in 1524.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-02-15:
Beginning in central North Carolina, the Cape Fear River flows 200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, creating habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and at one time serving as a commercial thoroughfare for the communities along its banks. Gerard (creative writing, Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington; The Patron Saint of Dreams) weaves the history of the Cape Fear River watershed with modern environmental concerns and his own experiences of the river. Much of the book focuses on the Wilmington area's history and current threats to the health of the river and the people, plants, and animals who live near it. The controversial revival of a cement plant upstream and plans for a new port downstream are presented from an environmental impact perspective founded in the author's obvious love of the area and his desire for it to thrive. VERDICT Like a river itself, winding its way through history and biology, politics and preservation, this book will appeal to both nature lovers and those living in and near the Cape Fear watershed.-Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"An adventure story paired with a view of the ecology, history, development, and industry along a vital river that runs from the core of North Carolina to the coast. Gerard uses glittering, evocative prose to recount his travels by canoe and powerboat down the Wild Cape Fear River with a guide, biologist, photographer, and others. . . . This is a compelling story that offers a striking and thoughtful look at the many environmental, political, and commercial issues affecting this region and the waterway that feeds it." - ForeWord
"Engaging, informative, winsome, and lyrical. The stories are rich and the character endearing."--David Cecelski, historian and author of The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War
"Equal parts historical survey, river adventure and nature walk, it's a fascinating trip down North Carolina's most storied river." -Raleigh News and Observer
"If you've ever fallen in love with a lake, river, or stretch of shore, you'll enjoy this trip down the Cape Fear with Philip Gerard. Between the characters he meets, the historical tales, the beautifully described natural encounters, and the river-running adventures, it's as varied and engaging as a long day spent drifting downstream."--Jan DeBlieu, author of Year of the Comets: A Journey from Sadness to the Stars
"Like a river itself, winding its way through history and biology, politics, and preservation, this book will appeal to both nature lovers and those living in and near the Cape Fear watershed." - Library Journal
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In Down the Wild Cape Fear , novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their wisdom to our understanding of this river, which has been a main artery of commerce, culture, settlement, and war for the entire region since it was first discovered by Verrazzano in 1524. Gerard explores the myriad environmental and political issues being played out along the waters of the Cape Fear. These include commerce and environmental stewardship, wilderness and development, suburban sprawl and the decline and renaissance of inner cities, and private rights versus the public good.

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