Those of you who enjoyed Rinker’s last book, The Oregon Trail, will be pleased to hear about his new book, Life on the Mississippi. In this one, he’s exploring the little-known history of early American exploration by boat, and the lives of the boatmen who led the westward expansion.
Once again, Rinker is following history’s path– this time by authentic wooden flatboat– as he navigates the routes of the early pioneers. Besides the captivating history, Rinker’s tales are always full of trademark adventure and humor. On his latest journey, instead of his stubborn mules, he’s traveling with an array of quirky characters who either man his boat or help him negotiate the dangerous waters of America’s big rivers. The people he meets along the way render a fascinating and heartwarming portrait of our country.
And if you haven’t read The Oregon Trail, this is a great introduction to a writer who deftly blends amusing travelogue with a rich and meaningful look at the lives of the pioneers.
–Pepper, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA