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Goodbye to a River by John Graves
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May 11, 2012

it was amazing
Read in October, 1990

I read this book as a young student at University of Dallas - part of the curriculum in one of the history classes taught by Dr. June Welch. Prof. Welch had met the author on several occasions and told my class a story of one early meeting during one of his lectures. Apparently, the two of them bumped into one another at some charity function or other. Dr. Welch, an attorney and judge prior to becoming a professor of history, loved this book. While Graves told Welch that he wished he could be a fancy attorney and a judge, Welch told him, "I wish I could write Goodbye to a River, John." I really don't think there's a much higher compliment one can pay an author, especially when the one paying the compliment is an esteemed historian/writer/professor in his own right.

It was this book that sparked my interest in travel narratives and journals, as well as books that present local history in an accessible style (so I don't feel like I'm reading a history book).

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