Rivers of Memory
Maine’s middle coast is a territory of rivers. We cross their channels so effortlessly today that it is easy to overlook how these watercourses with the evocative names -- Sheepscot, Kennebec, Damaristotta, St. George -- have defined hundreds, even thousands, of years of human presence here. When a thoughtful observer such as John Gibson directs our gaze, however, we can pause and look deeper: "With a little imagination, you can feel the weight of all this history, commuity building, down-river commerce, and the change that has followed," he writes. "In rivers lie the truths of a place a region, a nation."
To explore these waters firsthand, Gibson set out by kayak, "quietly slipping away downstream for a few days, getting closer to the currents .... and letting the natural and human history of the place sink in." This is his record of eight days afloat on seven midcoast waterways, minutely observing the present, searching for traces of the past, and musing about the future of these rivers of memory.
"Gibson’s description of the rivers viewed from his kayak is affectionate and detailed. This is a delightful book for connecting with several Maine rivers." -- Maine Sunday Telegram
"The author’s no-impact enjoyment of a river-connected landscape reflecting its agricultural and logging heritage reinforces how special these quiet communities of animal and human habitats are." -- Lincoln County News, Maine
"Gibson blends descriptions of the natural world with the rivers’ histories, giving the book a momentum that moves back and forth, much like a tidal river, and makes for fascinating reading." -- Wolf Moon Press Journal, A Maine magazine of Art and Opinion
"Rivers of Memory is more than a guide to Maine’s coastal waterways; it is a journey through time in a familiar place, and an invitation to reacquaint paddlers and armchair travelers with Maine, as seen from her rivers." -- SirReadaLot.org
"Gibson’s easy, comfortable style does tell of the region’s river geology, its wildlife, and natural beauty." -- Kennebec Journal, Damariscotta
" eloquent account provides inspiration to get out of the house and get to know local landscapes better, by boat if you can." -- The Working WaterfrontBuy Rivers of Memory Now
- By: John Gibson