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Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'An American River'

Mary Bruno grew up in the 1960s and 1970s along the Passaic River in North Arlington, its waters framing her youth but never to be ventured into. Now a Seattle editor, Bruno returns to New Jersey to kayak the river and write of its lure and dangers -- from nature's serenity to industry's toxic legacy. This is the book's first chapter.

Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'An American River'

Mary Bruno grew up in the 1960s and 1970s along the Passaic River in North Arlington, its waters framing her youth but never to be ventured into. Now a Seattle editor, Bruno returns to New Jersey to kayak the river and write of its lure and dangers -- from nature's serenity to industry's toxic legacy. This is the book's first chapter.

The River

My mother told us not to play by the river, and mostly we listened. But there were times when the riverside beckoned. Like those autumn afternoons when my older brother and I played football on the lawn behind the Homelite plant with our neighborhood pals.

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