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Jessica DuLong

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Journalist, historian, and author Jessica DuLong is also a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed merchant marine officer and one of the world's only female fireboat engineers.

DuLong's latest book, DUST TO DELIVERANCE: UNTOLD STORIES FROM THE MARITIME EVACUATION ON SEPTEMBER 11 (McGraw-Hill, 2017), shares 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. A tale of compassion, triumph, and resilience, the book is rooted in eyewitness accounts that bring to light the resourcefulness and resounding human goodness that rise up in response to darkness, calamity, and turmoil.

Winner of the 2010 American Society of Journalists and


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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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.”
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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.”
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