Teaser Tuesday: Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II

Like a fall leaf gently turning in the breeze, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

A week or so ago I received some good news from Goodreads: I’d won one of their giveaways! So, this week I’m reading Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II by Craig P. Howard.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

In Hard Rivers, author Craig P. Howard recounts the harrowing journey of La Salle: Expedition II, a reenactment of the 1681–82 voyage of La Salle from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico. The crew, made up of sixteen teenage boys and seven adults led by one charismatic teacher, launched their canoes on August 11, 1976, and arrived at the Gulf on April 9, 1977, 3,300 miles later. Lake Michigan and Midwest rivers froze solid in the historic cold, forcing the teens to march 500 miles, first from Chicago to St. Joseph, Michigan and then across Indiana and Illinois. Despite temperatures of twenty-seven below and wind chills of seventy-eight below, near fatalities outside Green Bay, and a truck accident near Hebron, Indiana that hospitalized four, they achieved something that had never been done before and will never be done again.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 62.

And she was alone. There was no Great River Road Commission to help her make connections. No Father Donnelly helped her build the itinerary or make connections spanning two countries and half a continent. Until the canoes were ready to embark, no one assisted her with publicity.  


In Retrospect: Coulrophobia and Fata Morgana

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review via a Goodreads Giveaway.

These short stories delved into human emotions on a twisting, turning track. I read a story (or two) as an after-work and pre-evening wind-down.

I would recommend the book to anyone looking for short reads with powerful finishes.

3 stars = I liked it

What are you reading today?


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