Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways
Surveys the Mississippi’s importance over three centuries as a transportation system and contribution to the heartland of American frontier life.
This book was obviously written before it became common knowledge that human beings have the attention span of a gnats toenail clipping–at least the new millennium human being does. I mean the author goes on and on! There’s huge, looming chunks of text! No bullet points?! No pages of illustrations and/or PowerPoint flow chart screen shots (shout out to Jeniffer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad author)!? Shoulda known he’d be long winded with a name like Walter Havighurst; he’s all ‘Battle of Tippecanoe’ this and ‘Captain Dickie Hiernaux’ that. I swear all of the names in the book are a mouthful and I’d just rather chew on something else right now. Where’s my Dunkin Donuts coupon?
But honestly. I read a couple of paragraphs and it does have a sprawling, adventurous feel to it. Now if he’d just write a screen play and do a film adaptation I’m all in.
PS– I want to shake it up a bit. Because I do a lottery to get my call numbers I’m only able to get non-fiction titles–because those are comprised of 3-7 numbers and a name/descriptor. But I’m feigning for some fiction, some novels. The ‘call numbers’ for novels are generally just the author’s last name. I need to invent a way to do a lottery of sorts for pulling names. I need a way to randomly select names so that I can go hunt down books by those (hopefully, fingers crossed, please let them be) authors. Make sense? Any suggestions?