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Saint Croix Notes

2001
Author:

Noah Adams

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The popular commentator’s whimsical insights on a year in the Saint Croix River Valley.

The Saint Croix River Valley is a remarkable part of Minnesota and Wisconsin that combines stunning natural beauty with small-town life. Here, Noah Adams reflects with humor and pathos on the small things that add up to the good life-watching a Christmas pageant, spotting eagles, listening to ghost stories, and paddling down the Saint Croix River. This collection, originally written for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio’s Good Evening, is one to cherish and reread.

Adams is a hell of a writer. His pieces about the land and our lives in the cycle of the seasons are written with a keen eye, self-deprecating humor, and great craft.

San Francisco Chronicle

Essays/Regional

The popular commentator’s whimsical insights on a year in the Saint Croix River Valley.

The Saint Croix River Valley is a remarkable part of Minnesota and Wisconsin that combines stunning natural beauty with small-town life. Here, Noah Adams reflects with humor and pathos on the small things that add up to the good life-watching a Christmas pageant, spotting eagles, listening to ghost stories, and paddling down the Saint Croix River. This collection, originally written for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio’s Good Evening, is one to cherish and reread.

“Adams is a hell of a writer. His pieces about the land and our lives in the cycle of the seasons are written with a keen eye, self-deprecating humor, and great craft.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“This book is like bright, warm sunshine in the dead of a gray winter. Noah Adams can find the spirits in a river and in the woods and, describing them with freshness, makes them ours.” --Clyde Edgerton, author of The Floatplane Notebooks

ISBN 0-8166-3814-4 Paper £10.50 $14.95
224 Pages 5 3/8 x 8 1/2 March
Translation Inquiries: W. W. Norton & Company

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All Things Considered host Noah Adams is an award-winning radio anchor for National Public Radio.

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Adams is a hell of a writer. His pieces about the land and our lives in the cycle of the seasons are written with a keen eye, self-deprecating humor, and great craft.

San Francisco Chronicle

This book is like bright, warm sunshine in the dead of a gray winter. Noah Adams can find the spirits in a river and in the woods and, describing them with freshness, makes them ours.

Clyde Edgerton, author of The Floatplane Notebooks

The joy of this book is the familiarity of experience, a collective wisdom, that comes with living near a river that gives continuity to existence. Somewhere between a ‘pondering’ and an ‘observation,’ this isn’t a book that will keep you up at night even though Adams does tell a good ghost story or two. This is the kind of book you will go back to and read a chapter or two from time to time. It is the book that will get tattered and coffee stained and feel like an old friend.

Prescott Journal