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).