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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica DuLong Narrator: Jessica DuLong Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After journalist Jessica DuLong was laid off from her dot-com job, her life took an unexpected turn. A volunteer day aboard an antique fireboat, the John J. Harvey, led to a job in the engine room, where she found a taste of home she hadn’t realized she was missing. Working with the boat’s finely crafted machinery, on the waters of the storied Hudson, made her wonder what America is losing in our shift away from hands-on work. Her questions crystallized after she and her crew served at Ground Zero, where fireboats provided the only water available to fight blazes.

Vivid and immediate, My River Chronicles is a journey with an extraordinary guide—a mechanic’s daughter and Stanford graduate who bridges blue-collar and white-collar worlds, turning a phrase as deftly as she does a wrench. As she searches for the meaning of work in America, DuLong shares her own experiences of learning to navigate a traditionally male world, masterfully interweaving unforgettable present-day characters and events with four centuries of Hudson River history.

A celebration of craftsmanship, My River Chronicles is a deeply personal story of a unique woman’s discovery of her own roots—and America’s—that raises important questions about our nation’s future

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Quotes & Awards

  • “She details her often exhilarating experiences in her very fine and gutsy book. Ms. DuLong is a confident and sensual writer, as perceptive about small matters on a boat as was Anthony Bourdain, in Kitchen Confidential, about everyday events in a professional kitchen…Readers will feel their own little yelps of glee all over My River Chronicles."

    New York Times

  • “An unexpected portrayal of America in the decline of industry, delivered from the unique vantage point of the Hudson River…[A]n eye-opening picture of what America has been…and what it is becoming…Powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellyn | 7/15/2013

    " Interesting story of a woman who left her computer job to become a fireboat engineer. That story is blended with the history of the Hudson River and the industry that grew up along it's banks. Fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan Coley | 12/1/2012

    " AN interesting book about the Hudson River and the boats that work on the river. Probably not everyone's cup of tea. It was especially interesting after reading Being George Washington. The Chronicles told about the foundry at West Point as did George. "

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About the Author
Author Jessica DuLong

Jessica DuLong, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Merchant Marine Officer, is one of the world’s only female fireboat engineers. She’s also a journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, CosmoGIRL!, Parenting, Today’s Machining World, and Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, and other publications.