All My Rivers Are Gone: A Journey of Discovery Through Glen Canyon

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"Katie Lee’s "All My Rivers Are Gone" is a unique book. It is a journal filled with strong emotions about a wondrous place on the American landscape. Her entries tell the sad saga of the decision to flood Glen Canyon on the Colorado River. Her words and songs make the canyon come alive and they provide a vivid picture of what has been lost.

"Katie Lee uses eloquent and forceful words to present a compelling case for restoring Glen Canyon. Her steadfast efforts to educate a new generation of activists about the beauty of this mystical place is important to us all.

"All My Rivers Are Gone" is an exciting trip to a magical place. It is a must for all those who care about rivers and our environment." —Dan Beard, former Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (1993-95)

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About the Author:

Katie Lee, in her 40-year career in the entertainment industry, has been an author, musicologist, folk singer, storyteller, Hollywood actress, song writer, filmmaker, photographer, poet, and river runner. She has been active in environmental causes ever since the destruction of her beloved Glen Canyon. Her first book, "Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle," tells the story of the American cowboy in song, verse, and story. Her documentary, "The Last Wagon," won the 1972 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 1997, she was featured in the PBS documentary, "Cadillac Desert," based on Marc Reisner’s acclaimed book. Her Colorado River songs and cowboy ballads are recorded on numerous albums and are available through Katydid Books and Music. She lives in Jerome, Arizona.

From Publishers Weekly:

In 1963, Glen Canyon, a 170-mile gorge that spans the border between southern Utah and northern Arizona along the Colorado River, was flooded and Glen Canyon dam built to generate hydroelectric power. The flooded gorge became Lake Powell, now a recreation area. Before the creation of the dam, during the 1950s and early 1960s, Lee--an actress, folk singer, song writer and author (Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle)--made 16 trips down the river, exploring the canyon and venturing into little-known side canyons. After her first experience running the river, Lee fell in love with Glen Canyon, becoming a part of regular expeditions on which she would sing and play her songs for the passengers. In the journals she kept, portions of which are excerpted here, the author successfully evokes the magnificent trails, beaches and waterfalls, as well as the unusual colors and smells, of the canyon. Lee was adamantly opposed to building the dam and, at the time, lobbied politicians to stop the project. She is now part of an effort, spearheaded by the Glen Canyon Institute and the Sierra Club, to drain Lake Powell and restore the canyon. Lee's disorganized ramblings, while testifying to the beauty of the canyon, fail to clarify the complexities of the controversy for her readers. B&w illustrations. (Nov.) FYI: An audiotape of Lee's Colorado River Songs is available from Katydid Books & Music (P.O. Box 395, Jerome, Ariz. 86331; 602-634-8075).

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Katie Lee, Terry Tempest Williams
Published by Johnson Books (1998)
ISBN 10: 1555662285 ISBN 13: 9781555662288
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Book Description Johnson Books, 1998. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96815817

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