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EarthLab Equity and Justice Reads: Mississippi Solo (Eddy Harris)

EarthLab has selected the next book for our Equity and Justice book club: Mississippi Solo by Eddy Harris. The publisher writes about the book,

 

“In this exciting reissue of his classic travelogue, readers will come to treasure the rich insightful prose that is as textured as the Mississippi River itself. They will be taken by the hand by an adventurer whose lifelong dream is to canoe the length of this mighty river, from Minnesota to New Orleans. The trip’s dangers were legion for a Black man traveling alone, paddling from ‘where there ain’t no black folks to where they still don’t like us much.’

Barge waives loom large, wild dogs roam the wooded shores, and, in the Arkansas dusk, two shotgun-toting bigots nearly bring the author’s dream to a bloody nightmare. Sustaining him through the hard weeks of paddling were the hundreds of people who reached out to share a small piece of his challenge. Mississippi Solo is a big, rollicking, brilliant book, a wonderful piece of American adventure, and an unforgettable story of a man testing his own limits.”

 

This selection aligns with the Future Rivers summer reading. Future Rivers will host Mr. Harris at the University of Washington on Thursday, October 14 for an in-person screening of his film, River to the Heart, followed by a moderated Q&A with the author and director. This event will be in person, free and open to the public.

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