Bitterroot: Awards & Reviews

“A well-recounted father-and-son journey in the Missouri River country . . . A fine travelogue worthy of shelving next to Jonathan Raban and William Least Heat-Moon.”

Kirkus Review * (starred review)

“Faulkner marched—and drove, biked, hiked, and portaged—into history when he and his 18-year-old son Alex bonded on the Lewis and Clark Trail in the Great Northwest. In this fulsome popular history of their “risky travels,” Faulkner juxtaposes the past with the present. . . .[He and his son] share demanding land, threatening weather, and colorful interactions with people along their trail.

Faulkner’s verbs vivify, his quotes enlarge his experience, and his poetic descriptions exploit all five senses colorfully.”

Publishers Weekly

“To read and hear—this resonant memoir is to know what it means to be American and alive.”

— Craig Challender, author, As Details Become Available and Capable Ways

“Faulkner is a fine writer and a charmingly frank explorer; readers will enjoy his comic misadventures, moments of almost mystical insight, and encounters with eccentric fellow travelers.”

— Chene Heady, author, Numbering Our Days