My Kind of River Journey: Seeking Passage on the Mississippi


Many people are drawn to the Mississippi River and its destination. Susan Carol Hauser answered the river’s call by taking an ocean-trawler-cum-riverboat from St. Paul to the Gulf of Mexico with her husband. Her experiences—those leading to the journey, the journey itself, and the return home—are the overt subject of My Kind of River Journey. The undercurrent is the story of the river itself, of the water and the manner of its going, of the rivers of our lives, and of personal transformation. As with the river, the undercurrent is all.

Center for American Places, Columbia College Chicago, Fall 2011

Selected Works

Field Guides
Prevention and Treatment of Lyme Disease and Other Ailments Caused by Ticks, Scorpions, Spiders, and Mites; a Falcon Guide.
Prevention and Remedies; A Falcon Guide
Trail Guide
• Accurate and useful information for accessing the trail with ease and enjoying it safely. * Maps and mileages * Trailhead and parking information * Mile-by-Mile descriptions * Campsites * Trail service towns * Loop trails for easy-access, shorter hikes * Geology, animals, plants and seasons on the trail * Itasca State Park & Maplewood State Park * Using the trail * Safety on the trail
Natural History
This comprehensive guide to Zizania palustris tells the story of North America’s only native grain, from its emergence in the western Great Lakes area to its use in today’s kitchens. The book demystifies the purchasing of wild rice—Black, brown? Long grain, short grain? Lake rice, river rice? US rice, Canadian rice?— clarifies cooking options, and proposes wild rice as a fast food (cook a full pound and freeze in small packets). The recipes range from simple soups to gourmet entrees and food for a crowd. Skyhorse Publishing 2015
Spring time is sugaring time in northern Minnesota where author Susan Carol Hauser and her husband tapped maple trees and made maple syrup for many years. In this affectionate memoir, Hauser evokes the feelings of being in the woods and out of time, living to the rhythm of sap dripping into buckets and snow melting in the warm air. She grounds her personal experience in stories of Native American traditions, provides instruction for backyard sugaring, and offers recipes for today’s kitchen, including microwave maple candy and maple syrup pie. The warmth and promise of the sugaring fire are carried in the story and in Hauser’s memorable prose, that illuminates like sunlight piercing a jar of amber maple syrup. Skyhorse Publishing 2015
New Nonfiction
A creative nonfiction narrative about the nature of water in motion and the transformative influence of rivers in our lives, based on a trip down the Mississippi River.
Poetry
"Words and images gleaned from ... the heart of the poet...."
--Helen Bonner
Anthology
"We turn to poems for solace, wisdom, comfort, joy.... "
--Preface
Nonfiction
Transform your personal history into a compelling and meaningful narrative.
Memoir
Graceful meditations dotted with humor, complemented by the delicate art of Californian Barbara Van Arnam.

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