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Hemingway on Fishing Hemingway on Fishing
by Ernest Hemingway, Nick Lyons (Editor), Jack Hemingway (Afterword)

"This is an excellent collection of Hemingway's writings about fishing, each taken from a larger work. It is a great introduction to Hemingway if your new to him, and a great refresher to him if you've been away for awhile." - A reader

Jaws Jaws
by Peter Benchley

The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time!

Monster Man : Master Hunter of the Deep Monster Man : Master Hunter of the Deep
by Robert F. Boggs

They don't build them like Frank Mundus anymore . . . The leathery, prank-loving charter boat captain who has become a legend earning the name: Monster Man. This is his story. The story of a ceaseless, seagoing safari in search of monsters of the deep . . . especially the great white shark. Hunting down monsters has been called the ultimate challenge. Mundus faced it with consummate daring when - a decade before "Jaws" - he caught the largest great white ever taken.

In the Slick of the Cricket In the Slick of the Cricket
by Russell Drumm

In all his hard-nosed glory, Quint might seem like a creation of Hollywood, but in fact he was based on a real fishing captain out of Montauk, Long Island - Frank Mundus, captain of the Cricket II. Mundus never got his due from the movie or from Peter Benchley, the author of the novel Jaws, and that irks him. Russell Drumm, a Montauk reporter, quickly learns this and a lot more during an adventure at sea with the famous shark hunter.

The Compleat Angler : Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation The Compleat Angler : Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation
by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton

For a book to stay in print for nearly 350 years, its merits must continually entice and allure. First published in 1653, Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler celebrates the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse. Walton infused his work with anecdotes and commentaries on catching and preparing everything from carp to trout, chub to pike.

Trout Madness Trout Madness
Being a Dissertation on the Symptoms and Pathology of This Incurable Disease by One of Its Victims
by John D. Voelker, Robert Traver, Milton C. Weiler (Illustrator)

Here are twenty-one marvelous yarns and stories gleaned from a lifetime of glorious fishing by the author of "Anatomy of a Murder."

The Sporting Road The Sporting Road
Travels Across America in an Airstream Trailer - With Fly Rod, Shotgun, and a Yellow Lab Named Sweetzer
by Jim Fergus, Rick Bass (Introduction)

In addition to accounts of his adventures in pursuit of fish and fowl, Fergus offers vivid descriptions of obscure wildlands in North Dakota, Nebraska, and elsewhere as well as appealing vignettes about cooking, camping, and the people he meets on the road. Insightful observations on the perils facing small towns and farms bring a touch of social consciousness to the easygoing, personable memoir.

A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories
by Norman F. Maclean

Beginning with the memorable line, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," Maclean paints an evocative portrait of the sons of a small-town Montana minister, two brothers headed in very different directions. Fly-fishing for trout is one thing that unites father and sons, and, in the end, it is the language of the river that provides understanding and acceptance in the most difficult of times.

On the Spine of Time On the Spine of Time
A Fly Fisher's Journey Among Mountain Streams, Trout, and People
by Harry Middleton

Harry Middleton had to endure hardships to find the queen mother of all trout streams in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. He had to live through treacherous mountain roads, the cloud of airborne industrial toxins that shrouds the range for most of the year, an occasional blast of lightning, and, worst of all, a helping of rancid potato salad at a roadside diner.

Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders
A John Gierach Fly-Fishing Treasury
by John Gierach, Glenn Wolff (Illustrator)

In this "greatest hits" of essays culled from Gierach's previous collections, the genial wit and astute observer reels in 40 of his favorite keepers. Considering the quality of Gierach's writing, calling Headwaters a "treasury" is no fish tale at all.

Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing
by John Gierach

John Gierach's quest takes us from his quiet home water (an ordinary, run-of-the-mill trout stream where fly-fishing can be a casual affair) to Utah's famous Green River, and to unknown creeks throughout the Western states and Canada. We're introduced to a lively group of fishing buddies, some local "experts" and even an ex-girlfriend, along the way. Contemplative, evocative, and wry, he shares insights on mayflies and men, fishing and sport, life and love, and the meaning (or meaninglessness) of it all.

Guiding Elliott : A Novel Guiding Elliott : A Novel
by Robert Lee

Robert Lee's comic creation, Donnie Phillips, is a Montana fly-fishing guide with a few issues - such as his belief that no woman should be allowed on a trout stream. Guiding Elliott is an epistolary novel that allows Donnie plenty of room to make his hilarious, misguided casts as he endeavors to pass on a little small-town wisdom to folks in the Manhattan chapter of Trout Unlimited. Like all buffoons, though, Donnie also manages to impart some solid sense amid the pratfalls and malapropisms.

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