ANOTHER WAY THE RIVER HAS: TAUT TRUE TALES FROM THE NORTHWEST
Author: Robin Cody
Publisher: OREGON STATE UNIV. PRESS, May 2010
Here are Cody?s finest nonfiction writings, many appearing for the first time in print. Cody?s prose rings with a sense of place. His characters?from loggers to fishers to cowboys to the kids on his school bus?are smart & curious, often off-beat, always vivid. Cody brings the ear of a novelist & the eye of a reporter to the people & places that make the Northwest, & Northwest literature, distinctive. 6x9 inches, 208 pgs.
Another Way the River Has collects Robin Cody?s finest nonfiction writings, many appearing for the first time in print. Cody?s prose rings with a sense of place. He is a native speaker who probes the streams & woods & salmon that run to the heart of what it means to live & love, to work & play, in Oregon.
His characters?from loggers to fishers to cowboys to the kids on his school bus?are smart & curious, often off-beat, always vivid. Cody brings the ear of a novelist & the eye of a reporter to the people & places that make the Northwest, & Northwest literature, distinctive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Cody, an Oregon native, is the author of Ricochet River & Voyage of a Summer Sun, both of which appear on the Oregon State Library?s 2009 ?150 Oregon Books for the Oregon Sesquicentennial.? Voyage of a Summer Sun received a PNBA Book Award & an Oregon Book Award. Cody has worked as an English teacher, a dean of admissions, a baseball umpire, & a school bus driver. He lives in Portland.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYINGA rock, you know, will sink like a stone in water. But a flat rock, slung spinningly near the water surface & at an angel parallel to it, will go skipping across the water in defiance of gravity & common sense. How cool is that?! The first time a boy pulls this off ranks just short of first-time sex on the scale of things he will want to do over & over whenever he can & as long as he lives. ?from ?The Clackamas River?
Robin Cody populates his wonderful essays with compelling Northwest characters so vigorous & colorful they might have stepped from the pages of a Kesey novel. Here are gyppo loggers, roughstock rodeo riders, tramp miners, & hogline fishermen. Powerful rivers surge through these pages, too, honoring the people who fathom their depths from David Sohappy to Sam McKinney. Cody also champions those who need a voice?special education children, deaf basketball players, delinquent juveniles, (even baseball umpires). The author?s astute observations, keen eye for detail, & wry sense of humor make every essay memorable. This collection illustrates that the most unforgettable character proves to be Cody himself?empathetic, clear-eyed, humorous. This remarkable Northwest book is a rare gift?worth owning & sharing. ?Craig Lesley, author of Burning Fence & Winterkill
Robin Cody listens for grace & guts & laughter & courage, & he mills & planes what he hears into stories that will echo & shiver in you for a really long time. He is one of the great storycatchers & storytellers who ever hatched in the Great North Wet. ?Brian Doyle, author of The Grail: A year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinor noir wine in the whole wild world