River House

River House

An exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing, River House is the story of a young woman returning home to her family’s ranch and building a log house with the help of her father. An avid river rafter, Sarahlee Lawrence grew up in remote central Oregon and, by the age of twenty-one, had rafted some of the most dangerous rivers of the world as an accomplished river guide. But living her dream led her back to the place she least expected—her dusty beginnings and her family’s home.

River House is a beautiful story about a daughter’s return and her relationship with her father, whom she enlists to help brave the cold winter and build a log house by hand. Together, they work through the harsh winter, father helping daughter every step of the way.

Title:River House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780982569139
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    River House Reviews

  • Sara C.

    I had read about a hundred pages of this book before I actually met the woman who wrote it on the farm that is the book's main setting, outside of Terrebonne, OR. She is only a couple of years older t...

  • Kristin

    An eloquently told story of the desires and dreams of a daughter and father. Their passions align and stray to weave multiple tales of adventure, family, and home. Dynamic personalities of those invol...

  • Kathee

    If I was Sarahlee Lawrence's mother, I'd be scared every time she left the house, but her mother is not afraid. Her philosophy of child rearing is that raising a child is like shooting an arrow into t...

  • Vickie

    If you like books that go into the life of a person, the good and bad, you will enjoy this book. Sarahlee writes on how the childhood farm was pulling her back home to live and build a place of her ow...

  • Cyndi

    This book was not what I expected from the synopsis. I think I expected more of a coming of age book and more about her development of an adult relationship with her Dad. That was there, but it was no...

  • Janet

    I'd normally scoff at the idea of a memoir of a 20-something; how much can one have to say? But this memoir reads like a modern coming of age novel in an era when most of us enter adulthood in our twe...

  • Kim Brown

    Oh my Miss Sarahless! Your book isn't about running rivers, it's about you making your father into more than we care for him to be. I'm glad your unhappy poppa is a sage in cowboy boots hidden in a cl...

  • Linda

    I enjoyed this book. It could be listed under travel, rafting, or adventure. I enjoyed it because I live in Oregon and I learned a lot about a part of the state that I knew little about before. The re...

  • Diane

    I read this a while ago and wrote a brilliant review just as Goodreads was experiencing problems, so the review was lost. Somehow I haven’t been up to writing reviews since then. Now I am trying to ...

  • Jenny Shank

    "River House" is the searchingly honest, foursquare memoir of a young woman struck with an unconventional dream: After college and years of world travel, Sarahlee Lawrence decides she wants to build h...