Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jo Deurbrouck, author of 'Anything Worth Doing'

In Anything Worth Doing, Jo Deurbrouck tells the unforgettable true story of larger-than-life whitewater raft guides Clancy Reece and Jon Barker, two men who share a love of wild rivers and an unbending will to live life on their terms, no matter the cost.

Clancy’s motto, ‘Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,’ leads them into a decade of beautiful — and beautifully strange — river adventures. Then, on June 8, 1996, in pursuit of a 24-hour speed record they intend to share only with a handful of friends, the men launch Clancy’s handmade dory, his proudest possession, onto Idaho’s renowned Salmon River at peak flood of an extreme high water year. This time the odds catch up with them.

Anything Worth Doing is a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award winner.

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  1. "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing" is a Robert Heinlein line. It must have been in one of his science fiction novels of 1967 or earlier. I can't remember the book, but i remember adding it to my door poster of sayings at that time. Internet attributes it to Mick Jagger. After clicking through google, however, see:

    Enjoyed the program.

  2. Hey Bob, thanks for sharing that! When I researched the line, I got a kick out of the Heinlein 'Take big bites' thing you linked, and this variation, attributed to Mae West: "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." :)