Anyone who's ever stood knee-deep in a Western river during runoff or floated through a valley's meandering bottomlands can attest to such powerful and disorienting qualities of moving water; and anyone who's ever spent more than a minute trying to navigate a raft or kayak through a raucous wave-train would agree that water falling at a fairly steep pitch is one of the strongest, most dangerous, least discriminating muscles on earth. Not only can the river kill you, it just might.
I'm not divulging too much plot-wise to say that former whitewater rafting guide and Idaho authorJo Deurbrouck's Salmon River nonfiction adventure narrative Anything Worth Doing ends in tragedy—as Deurbrouck points out by way of Hemingway, "All stories, if continued far enough, end in death." Fluvial, compact and efficient, Anything Worth Doing is the tale of two near-mythic Salmon River whitewater guides, Jon Barker and Clancy Reece, who share an unparalleled intimacy with the West's last great wild river.
Go listen Jo Deurbrouck read from this book at Fact & Fiction tonight at 7 PM. Check out
the rest of reviewer Chris Dombrowski's review of her book.