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Fool’s Paradise

  Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2008 American Library Association By John Gierach. May 2008. 224p. illus. Simon & Schuster, $24 (0-7432-9173-5). 799.12. It sounds like a Zen koan, but the best fishing books are as much about something else as they are about fishing. In his sixteenth book, Gierach pursues challenging fish and beautiful landscapes, emerging with plenty of both but also with a wealth of insights that stretch well beyond fishing. In these friendly, meandering essays, he writes vividly about trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, northern pike, and muskellunge–mostly in the Rockies and Great Plains, with some trips to Alaska, Oregon, and Canada. Along the way, he revisits family, considers post-9/11 travel, and muses on cell phones and their users. One essay, “Road Books,” will appeal to all travelers who read on the road and to readers’-advisory librarians helping travelers pack the right books. Gierach is a first-rank fishing writer–in the same league as Nick Lyons and Bill Tapply–but his thoughtful meditations on friends and family evoke Garrison Keillor.–John Rowen Named Works: Fool’s Paradise (Book) Book reviews 

Source Citation:Rowen, John. “Fool’s Paradise.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 18(1). General OneFile. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 29 May 2008  <;.
Gale Document Number:A178631161

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