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Jessica DuLong

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Jessica DuLong is a journalist, historian, book collaborator/coach, and ghostwriter, as well as chief engineer, emerita of the retired 1931 New York City fireboat John J. Harvey.

Her latest book, "SAVED AT THE SEAWALL: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift" (previously published as "DUST TO DELIVERANCE"), is the definitive history of the largest-ever waterborne evacuation.

Her first book, "MY RIVER CHRONICLES: Rediscovering the Work that Built America," won an American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award for Memoir.

Her journalism has appeared in Rolling Stone,, Newsweek International,, The Daily Beast, LitHub, Brevity, Nieman Storyboard, History News Network, Psychology Today, CosmoGIRL!, Newsday, an


The captivating saga of the September 11th boat lift, when, ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels spontaneously converged to rescue nearly 500,000 stranded people from Manhattan

Nearly a decade after I embarked on this project, my latest book is ALIVE! I just received a box full of copies of DUST TO DELIVERANCE: Untold Stories from the Maritime Evacuation on September 11 in the mail, and

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"I loved this story about 9/11 that I knew absolutely nothing about. There’s so much goodness in the world and I love when people get to see and remember that goodness. Horrible things happened, so I’m grateful for a space like this book to highlight " Read more of this review »
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"It's unbelievable that more hasn't been written on this subject. Such an undertaking and the maritime community worked tirelessly to evacuate between 400,000 to 500,000 people. BOATLIFT- An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience is on Youtube....another grea" Read more of this review »
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Gay Talese
“Jessica DuLong’s elegantly written "My River Chronicles" brings the past of the Hudson River into the vivid present, and carries forward the craft of literary non-fiction with grace and energy.”
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Matthew B. Crawford
“When Jessica DuLong describes her work in the engine room of the John J. Harvey, you can practically feel the throb of the boat’s mighty diesels. This is someone who has paid some dues, and it shows in the details. "My River Chronicles" explores the dignity of work, offering an account of what made this country thrive, and might yet again: men and women who aren’t content to stand around with their hands in their pockets. The book reeks of penetrating oil which may be just what is needed to get our economy, and our culture, moving again.”
Matthew B. Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

Jon Meacham
“In rich and captivating prose, Jessica DuLong kindly invites the rest of us on the journey of her lifetime: from a dot-com job to the fabled waters of the Hudson River, where she became a fireboat engineer. This is an unusual and fascinating book.”
Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

“If you’ve ever wondered what we’re missing by sitting at computers in cubicles all day, follow Jessica DuLong when she loses her desk job and embarks on this unlikely but fantastic voyage. Deeply original, riveting to read, and soul-bearingly honest, "My River Chronicles" is a surprisingly infectious romance about a young woman falling in love with a muscle-y old boat. As DuLong learns to navigate her way through a man’s world of tools and engines, and across the swirling currents of a temperamental river, her book also becomes a love letter to a nation. In tune with the challenges of our times, DuLong reminds us of the skills and dedication that built America, and inspires us to renew ourselves once again.”
Trevor Corson, The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

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