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Life on the Mississippi : an epic American adventure / Rinker Buck.


"[In] Life on the Mississippi, Buck chronicles his latest grand adventure: building an authentic wooden flatboat from the bygone flatboat era of the early 1800s and journeying down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, Buck steers his fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, clashes with overzealous period reenactors, and much more. In addition, he charts his own geographical and emotional journey while also delivering a richly satisfying work of history that brings to life a lost era. The role of the flatboat in our country's evolution is far more significant than most Americans realize. Decades before we struck out for the Western territories, we migrated Southwest en masse. Between 1800 and 1840, millions of farmers, merchants, and hopeful pioneers embarked from states like Pennsylvania and Virginia on wooden flatboats headed beyond the Appalachians to places like Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The mighty river currents carried waves of settlers and tons of cargo from farms to ports, populating new territories and revolutionizing the American landscape. As Buck points out, the inland rivers of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys were in fact America's first western frontier." --provided by Goodreads.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501106378
  • ISBN: 1501106376
  • Physical Description: 397 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes index (pages 385-397).
Subject: Rivers.
Travelers' writings.
Adventure stories.
Mississippi River > Description and travel.
Mississippi River.
Genre: Travel writing.

Available copies

  • 35 of 36 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 36 total copies.
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Rolla Public Library NF 917.7043 BUC (Text) 38256101853673 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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