“When Durham author and environmental advocate John Manuel decided to write a book about canoeing, he had a choice to make: write something that would be sold in bait shops, or write literature. The result is The Canoeist, part nature guide, part memoir, a combination that works …”
“What makes The Canoeist worthy is Manuel’s ability to put us in the boat with him, spectating from the stern.”
“An honest take on a man’s path of self-discovery viewed through the lessons learned from a lifetime of running rivers.”
“After just a few pages, I rediscovered the joy of a well-crafted essay. By the time I’d finished the chapter, I’d already decided I’d find room for it in the magazine.”
“A riveting read. You will love this book, even if you don’t canoe.
“This book is a rarity: an excellent memoir by a fresh, new voice.”
“A parable of conservation and community…a fast and absorbing ride.”