David E. Morine

David E. Morine.Author David Morine was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation. He will discuss his book, Two Coots in a Canoe at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at the Great Falls Library.

In Two Coots in a Canoe, David Morine chronicles a month-long journey down the entire length of the Connecticut River with old friend Ramsay Peard. The former head of land acquisition for The Nature Conservancy from 1972 to 1990, Morine is also the author of four other books including Good Dirt: Confessions of a Conservationist, Vacationland: a Half Century Summering in Maine; and Small Claims: My Little Trials in Life.

When retired CEO Peard, 61, called his old friend Morine, 59, and asked the longtime conservationist if he wanted to canoe the Connecticut River, Morine said he'd do it under one condition: no camping. ‘We'll rely on the kindness of strangers.’ And that's what they did. They mooched their way down the river every night and stayed with strangers.

From reviews: “Morine’s account of the trip suggests Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (1889), but it’s a bit more serious than that… The book is less about the people whom the canoers meet along the way (although they do encounter a colorful assortment) and the communities they discover than it is about the relationship between the two men and the startling, tragic turn it will take. A book that will entertain you and make you laugh until, at the end, it makes you want to cry.” – Booklist “Fans of Dave Morine will be delighted and not at all surprised that his newest work, Two Coots In a Canoe, is – nearly to the end – a book of laughter, an account of the comic misadventures of two old friends as they float down the sunlit Connecticut River. And then come the final pages: The two friends’ dark destination will surprise and shock all readers, even those with the wits of a wood tick. This remarkable book should be bought and read. Those who do will remember it for a long time.” – Bill Gilbert, author of God Gave Us This Country and winner of the National Magazine Award.

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