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What do heroes look like? Certainly not like Big Red, a washed-up 290 pound Vietnam vet and ex-Mississippi River towboat pilot haunted by his past. There's no 'S' on his huge chest, no cape on his back. He's certainly no hero. Or is he? The answer is in his notebook. Penniless and cooped up in a Minnesota veterans' home by the banks of the Mississippi, he's lost everythingWhat do heroes look like? Certainly not like Big Red, a washed-up 290 pound Vietnam vet and ex-Mississippi River towboat pilot haunted by his past. There's no 'S' on his huge chest, no cape on his back. He's certainly no hero. Or is he? The answer is in his notebook. Penniless and cooped up in a Minnesota veterans' home by the banks of the Mississippi, he's lost everything but his riotous wit. He won't speak of his past with anyone. Instead, he writes in his notebook and stares out toward the River, wishing to once again 'drive through a bend on the Mighty Miss'. Enter Wihopa, aka Toddy, Red's nurse, a wise, nurturing and beautiful Lakota Sioux woman. She's dauntless, spiritual, has a wit to match Red's, and is a genius at transformational healing. Toddy grants Red his fervent wish, and together they head downriver on a tow. At day's end, trapped by a freak fall blizzard and hunkered down aboard his old houseboat, Cirrhosis of the River, Red learns from Toddy what being a hero really means, as she guides him back through the profound ethical choices of his past: from the horrors of Vietnam, to his bizarre confrontation with life, death, and the law, and finally to an astounding revelation....

Title : Rounding the Bend: The Life and Times of Big Red
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ISBN : 9780985650131
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 372 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Rounding the Bend: The Life and Times of Big Red Reviews

  • Dick Buckley
    2019-03-03 05:22

    Loved it!

  • Emily
    2019-03-03 10:20

    This book has it all: humor, drama, excellent observations on life, and waffles. I laughed, I cried, and I would highly recommend it.