My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir by Susan Fox RogersMy Reach: A Hudson River Memoir by Susan Fox Rogers

My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir

bySusan Fox Rogers

Hardcover | August 18, 2011

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In this memoir of the Hudson River and of her family, Susan Fox Rogers writes from a fresh perspective: the seat of her kayak. Low in the water, she explores the bays and the larger estuary, riding the tides, marveling over sturgeons and eels, eagles and herons, and spotting the remains of the ice and cement industries. After years of dipping her paddle into the waters off the village of Tivoli, she came to know the rocks and tree limbs, currents and eddies, mansions and islands so well that she claimed that section of the river as her own: her reach. Woven into Rogers's intimate exploration of the river is the story of her life as a woman in the outdoors—rock climbing and hiking as well as kayaking.

Rogers writes of the Hudson River with skill and vivacity. Her strong sense of place informs her engagement with a waterway that lured the early Dutch settlers, entranced nineteenth-century painters, and has been marked by decades of pollution. The river and the communities along its banks become partners in Rogers's life and vivid characters in her memoir. Her travels on the river range from short excursions to the Saugerties Lighthouse to a days-long journey from Tivoli to Tarrytown and a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, while in memory she ventures as far as the Indiana Dunes and the French Pyrenees.

In a fluid, engaging voice, My Reach mixes the genres of memoir, outdoor adventure, natural and unnatural history. Rogers's interest in the flora and fauna of the river is as keen as her insight into the people who live and travel along the waterway. She integrates moments of description and environmental context with her own process of grieving the recent deaths of both parents. The result is a book that not only moves the reader but also informs and entertains.

Susan Fox Rogers is Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Bard College. She is the editor of twelve books, including most recently Antarctica: Life on the Ice and Going Alone: Women's Adventures in the Wild.
Title:My Reach: A Hudson River MemoirFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.39 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.39 inPublished:August 18, 2011Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801450071

ISBN - 13:9780801450075


Table of Contents

1. What Lingers
2. My Reach
3. Swimming the Hudson
4. Courage
5. Home
6. A Life in a Boat
7. The Lost Dunes of Childhood
8. The Speed of Wind and Water
9. I'm Glad You Are Here
10. The Long Loneliness
11. Solace
12. Learning the River
13. If You Are Lucky
14. Fishing
15. Circling the City
16. Nubian Goats
17. Sturgeon Moon
18. Sitting by the River
19. Golden Club
20. Grave Sites
21. Summer Solstice
22. Love for a River

Editorial Reviews

"In My Reach, Susan Fox Rogers shares her deep affection for the complex beauty of the Hudson, respecting both the natural and mechanical worlds that form the life of the river. Within the first two pages she sets the stage, appreciating the metallic song of the katydids even as she enjoys the ripeness of two-stroke engine exhaust. This is a lovely and honest portrait of a river whose natural resources have shaped the course of the nation, and buoyed so many lives through loves and losses just like those Rogers confronts in this moving memoir."—Jessica DuLong, author of My River Chronicles