An American River: From Paradise to Superfund, Afloat On New Jersey’s Passaic is written by islander extraordinaire, Mary Bruno. Bruno has a master’s degree in aquatic ecology and has worked for more than 25 years as a writer, editor and editorial director for print and online publications, including Newsweek, Seattle Weekly, ABCNEWS.com, and Crosscut. Mary will join us to talk about An American River as well as her current project about aquifers.
Part natural history, part personal history, part rollicking adventure, the book is a narrative meditation on the wonder of nature, the enduring ties of family, and the power of water and loss. “My great grandmother liked to say, ‘Don’t shit in the nest,’” writes Bruno. “The Passaic River is an object lesson in what can happen when we ignore that simple, salty advice.”
“An American River is an intricate and satisfying braid of memoir, history, science, nature writing, and acute social observation. This is an invigorating and hopeful book, and its sense of wonder is infectious. It’s not, I think, too great a stretch to say that it holds its own on the shelf alongside Walden, Silent Spring and A Sand County Almanac.” Jonathan Raban Author of Driving Home: An American Journey