A Green River Reader
edited by Alan Blackstock
Beginning above Flaming Gorge Dam in southwestern Wyoming, the Green River traverses the complete variety of terrain on the Colorado Plateau before joining the Colorado River above Cataract Canyon in southeastern Utah. Like its more famous cousin, the Colorado, the Green has captivated, capsized, and cajoled all types of characters with challenges and beauty to match its geologic variety.
In this anthology, editor Alan Blackstock brings this mysterious, magnificent river to the reader with an interpretive guide that will inform both rivers novices and river veterans. Assembled here is every significant written testament to this “awesome ditch,” from Dominguez-Escalante, Kit Carson, and John C. Fremont to contemporary American naturalists and writers including Wallance Stegner, Bernad DeVoto, David Brower, Ann Zwinger, Ellen Melloy, and Edward Abbey. Those with a story to tell – those who trapped the Green’s beavers, endured its wild rapids, were humbled by its imposing canyon walls, fought for its beautiful landscapes, or whose “pulse was hurried” by the “lofty chasms, walled in by precipices of red rock” – are collected here. If you’re headed down the Green, make sure your dry bag or ammo can has room for just one more thing, your copy of A Green River Reader.