“The engine room is, in DuLong’s opinion, a tribute to an era of craftsmanship that is very nearly extinct.“
— Robert Sullivan
The New Yorker
“She details her often exhilarating experiences in her very fine and gutsy book. Ms. DuLong is a confident and sensual writer, as perceptive about small matters on a boat as was Anthony Bourdain, in Kitchen Confidential, about everyday events in a professional kitchen. … Readers will feel their own little yelps of glee all over My River Chronicles.”
— Dwight Garner
The New York Times
“An unexpected portrayal of America in the decline of industry, delivered from the unique vantage point of the Hudson River…Powerful reading.”
“She delivers an engaging narrative of maritime history and her own hands-on perceptions“
— Sam Roberts
The New York Times
Jessica DuLong explains why she abandoned her desk job at a dot com to become a fireboat engineer on a rusty antique fireboat.
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
Jessica DuLong talks with The New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts about becoming a marine engineer aboard Fireboat John J. Harvey
“In her new book, My River Chronicles, Jessica DuLong asks: "How do we find meaning in an increasingly virtual existence, in a society that divorces us from the physicality of the land and water?" DuLong, who lost her dot-com job in 2001, says she has found an answer on the Hudson River.“
— Bob Minzesheimer
WILL, Illinois Public Media
“The boat was just a few hundred yards from the World Trade Center,” she says. “We were staring into the mouth of a treacherous scene.” At times, she says, “it was hard to breathe; we were all choking from the smoke."
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