River of Memory is a captivating read on the Columbia River before it was tamed by the 14 hydraulic dams that confine its flow today.
Layman takes the reader on a journey from the river’s mouth on the Pacific coast of Oregon to its headwaters at Columbia Lake in eastern British Columbia. Magnificent black-and-white photographs of the river in its natural state—taken before the 1930s—give the reader a feel for the majesty of this great river. Accompanying Layman’s narrative are the words of early travelers of the river as well as insights from modern poets and writers. This reader was most captivated by the wonderful illustrations of the fish that inhabit different stretches of the Columbia. —Bob the Fauvist