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Dreaming the Mississippi (Paperback)
About the Author
Katherine Fischer is Associate Professor of English at Clarke College, a consultant to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, and a newspaper columnist. She lives on both sides of the Mississippi--atop river bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa, and on the floodplain of a backwater slough at Frentress Lake, Illinois.
Deep, elegant, and intimate.”—John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
“Dreaming the Mississippi tells engaging tales about the complex relationship between humans and one of the great rivers. In the book, Kate Fischer gives voice to the wild soul of the Mississippi and to our own wild souls. ‘Leave something untamed’ is her bracing and welcome message.”— Lorraine Anderson, author of Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture
“Readers will find here an uncharacteristically frank account not only of the condition of the Mississippi River, but of Fischer and her family’s relationship to it. It is a fresh and refreshing view of life on, in, and near this great goddess of a river, written by a person who, it is clear, is deeply in love with it and with life. I have no trouble identifying with her kinship for its natural and cultural history and heritage, so deeply engrained in those of us who call the banks of the Mississippi River home.”—Dan McGuiness, Director, Audubon Mississippi River Program