Praise for Borne:
Just as the once-decimated riverside forests have regrown and pollution mostly stemmed, in Borne by the River Rick Van Noy comes back from devastating illness to find renewal in the waters, and community, of the Delaware. Although he paddles with his dog, throughout his voyage Van Noy is embraced by, and embraces, the people of the river, some of them as transient, some of them deeply rooted in the river's history and culture. It's a journey, and a community, that readers will happily join.
--Gary Letcher, author of Paddler's Guide to the Delaware
Rick Van Noy's Borne by the River is a potent tale of regeneration and interpenetration. It approaches fundamental themes of connectedness and healing with the light touch of seasoned paddler. It deepens the reader the way a river does a long sandy bank.
--Chris Dombrowski, author of The River You Touch
Everyone has a home river, whether they know it or not, some particular watershed where they were born. Rick Van Noy's home river is the Delaware and this narrative is the result of deep love and serious study. The river in return has given Van Noy solace and comfort. Like Thoreau and John Graves before him, Van Noy has transformed his river into our river.
--John Lane, author of My Paddle to the Sea
Whether you are a seasoned paddler or someone who just loves being on or near water, this book will take you on a pleasant journey you won't want to end. Rick Van Noy is an amiable guide who shares his experiences on the Delaware River with thoughtful reflection and good humor.
--Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night
Borne by the River is a vivid account of a river journey, delivered with grace. Rick Van Noy is an easy-going, likeable, and trustworthy narrator, driven by curiosity about a river with which he has a long history. It is a pleasure to read.
--Susan Fox Rogers, author of Learning the Birds
Look for Sudden Spring on or before January 2019 at your favorite booksellers
Praise for Sudden Spring
Sudden Spring is an urgent, important book. Stroll down a southeastern beach in the United States and climate change will no longer be a theoretical, distant problem. Stranded houses jut out of the sand like the Statue of Liberty at the end of the original Planet of the Apes. The ocean is rising and this isn’t hard to see on the Outer Banks, or in Miami or Norfolk, Virginia, where the military, at least, are no longer climate skeptics. Rick Van Noy has done us all a service by issuing this wake-up call. As he points out, humans have not evolved to face long term threats, but as this book makes clear we need to adapt sooner rather than later. Our survival depends on it.
--David Gessner, author of All the Wild That Remains and Return of the Osprey
All the world will feel the effects of our rapidly changing climate, of course - and those spots that we cherish most for their sense of place, their long-standing in our hearts, will be the hardest to watch change. Perhaps these fine reflections will spur us to some of the action necessary to minimize the damage!
- Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
Imagining an unwanted future is something most people aren't willing to do. This book is full of quiet heroes who help communities in the Southeast imagine a future they do want. It isn't easy, but it's crucial.
-Edward Maibach, Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
In Sudden Spring, author Rick Van Noy provides a gripping account of the threat that climate change already poses to the American south. But this a tale of hope as well. Van Noy describes how the South can still rise to the challenge.
-Michael Mann, distinguished Professor of atmospheric science at Penn State and co-author of The Tantrum that Saved The World