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Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit's Hidden River.

Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit's Hidden River

Joel Thurtell, author

Patricia Beck, photographer

Wayne State University Press

The Leonard N. Simons Building, 4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309

9780814334256 $34.95 http://wsupress.wayne.edu 1-800-978-7323

Illustrated with full-color photography on almost every two-page spread, Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit's Hidden River is a true-life travelogue of a quest to paddle his way up a sadly over-polluted and abused tributary to the Great Lakes. From dealing with logjams to glimpses of water birds to close encounters with the horrific stench of sewer grates, Up the Rouge! is an unflinchingly honest look at what the proximity of a city does to a river, as well an eye-opening journey. Told in brief passages dated by day and hour, Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit's Hidden River is truly an up-close and personal picture of what it's like to paddle up the Rouge ... not that the authors particularly recommend doing so (at least, not without a thorough set of inoculations against disease).

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