Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River (Paperback)

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Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River (Paperback)

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Inspired by tales of a mythic Round River, a circular stream where "what goes around comes around," John Hildebrand sets off to rediscover his home state.
Wisconsin is in the midst of an identity crisis, torn by new political divisions and the old gulf between city and countryside. Cobbling rivers together, from the burly Mississippi to the slender wilds of Tyler Forks, Hildebrand navigates the beautiful but complicated territory of home. In once prosperous small towns, he discovers unsung heroes—lockmasters, river rats, hotelkeepers, mechanics, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and perennial mayors—struggling to keep their communities afloat.
While history doesn't flow in a circle, it doesn't always move in a straight line either. Hildebrand charts the improbable ox-bows along its course. Long Way Round shows us the open road as a river with possibility around the next bend.
John Hildebrand is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family and, more recently, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. His essays have appeared in Harper's, Audubon, and Sports Illustrated. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
Product Details ISBN: 9780299324841
ISBN-10: 0299324842
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English
"In a time of great cultural, political, and social division, John Hildebrand takes us on a healing river trip through the hinterlands of Wisconsin. Down one river and up another, through storms and sunny days, forests and marshes, traveling the waterways and portage paths that people have used for a thousand years, Hildebrand helps us get to know, and to like again, our neighbors and ourselves."—David Allan Cates, author of Tom Connor's Gift

"A timely and relevant exploration of contemporary social dynamics in Wisconsin. In contrast to simplified narratives and stereotypes often bandied about, the more measured, nuanced, personal, and creative treatment Hildebrand brings to the table is important in Wisconsin and beyond."—Keefe Keeley, coeditor of The Driftless Reader