Journey on the James: Three Weeks Through the Heart of Virginia

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University of Virginia Press
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6.12 X 9.48 X 0.77 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

A staff writer for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Earl Swift has been a Fulbright fellow and twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has backpacked the entire Appalachian Trail and completed a circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay by sea kayak. He lives in Norfolk with his daughter, Saylor.


"With humor and insight, Swift narrates his story on a day-by-day basis, telling not only the hazards and the beauty of the river itself, but also of the people he and Martin met along the way. His historical notes, reflecting a great deal of research, add depth to the chronicle. This is no if-it's-Tuesday-it-must-be-Balcony-Falls travelogue, but a lively and colorful recap of a journey savored hour-by-hour.

--Ann Lloyd Merriman "Richmond Times-Dispatch "

"By turns travel narrative, history book and comic adventure, Journey on the James breathes life into the affairs of one of our most beautiful and significant rivers.

--Katherine Jackson "Style Weekly "

"Earl Swift has taken what could have been a disaster-prone journey down Virginia's most famous river and turned it into a delightful piece of writing. While we're chuckling about his less-than-expert attempts to float an inner tube in too-shallow water or maneuver a canoe through rapids that tax his ability, all along he steps off the water to relate the remarkable story of the James.

--Garvey Winegar "Richmond Times-Dispatch "