cover image A Full Hand

A Full Hand

Thomas F. Yezerski. Farrar Straus Giroux, $16 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-374-42502-9

Inspired by abandoned stretches of Pennsylvania's Morris Canal, a 19th-century waterway used primarily to transport coal to New York and New Jersey, A Full Hand by Thomas F. Yezerski follows young Asa as he leads his father's boat down the canal for the first time, and simultaneously introduces readers to a forgotten way of life.