"The host of NPR’s All Things Considered now takes readers on another year-long journey, this time through Appalachia — by canoe, bicycle and white-water raft.. He skims lightly over the depths and navigates the rapids with humor and a sharp eye for telling detail."
– Publishers Weekly
"Far Appalachia is a lyrical journey through the heart of the mountain South. It is a New River voyage through time and memory penned by a gifted son of Appalachia who — with the best of us — has both wings and roots."
– Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Songcatcher
Praise for Noah Adams’s Piano Lessons:
"Charming … his delight in music-making is palpable."
– The New Yorker
"[A] charming memoir — Adams clearly possesses a gift that too many teachers don’t — the ability to convey just how much fun it is to make music, and just how many different ways there are for a piece of music to be beautiful."
"Entertaining and surprising detail — Piano Lessons will make you a believer in the quest to find and make music and will have you falling back in love with your own dreams, whatever they may be."
– John Hockenberry, correspondent, ABC News, author of Moving Violations
"An affectionate tribute … [from] a writer of considerable merit."
–The Seattle Times
"A truly absorbing story … with humor and candor … Adams is a gifted interviewer with a good ear for a story, and Piano Lessons is full of them."
– Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Genuinely moving … Adams writes in the same earnest … tone that has endeared him to radio listeners for more than twenty years."
– San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
"The balance of storytelling — about pianos specifically, and then into music in general and back again — rings nicely, with plenty of pushed pedals to sustain it."
– The Philadelphia Inquirer
"This is a wonderful book, which has a generous, transcendental beauty. The fascination of the river journey lies, for me, in the small details, which refresh and stir the reader like the smell of coffee by a campfire in the morning. I bet I won’t be the only reader to be reminded of Thoreau."
– Jonathan Kozol , author of Amazing Grace
From the Hardcover edition.