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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935347136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935347132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The writing is astonishingly good ... If you fish or know those who do; get them a copy. If they don't fish, they can read about it. If they're young and thinking of commercial fishing, keep this away from them." ----Dee Longenbaugh, Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel

About the Author

LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS is a writer, national speaker, workshop leader and professional editor who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the winter and Harvester Island in the summer, where she works in commercial salmon fishing with her family. (Follow her weekly blogs from these islands at leslieleylandfields.com). She has written/edited 9 nonfiction books of memoir and essays on a variety of subjects: the spirituality of food, wilderness, forgiveness, commercial fishing, and parenting. Her forthcoming book is "Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers" (Jan. 2014, Thomas Nelson).
Leslie is also a contributing editor to Christianity Today magazine and writes for Books and Culture and other journals. She loves to travel, and spent several years trekking around the world. She still travels often, leaving Kodiak to speak at conferences, churches, retreats, and universities around the country. In September 2013, she is beginning a new venture, the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop at her remote fish camp island off Kodiak Island. (leslieleylandfields.com/p/harvester-island.html

She holds three graduate degrees in Creative Nonfiction, English and Journalism, and has taught for many years in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Oregon, Alaska and Washington and now continues to teach through college visits, writer-in-residencies, frequent radio appearances, speaking, and her professional writing business, The Northern Pen. 

Leslie and her husband Duncan have 6 children, a daughter and 5 sons, all of whom work in salmon fishing every summer. She can be reached at leslieleylandfields@gmail.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2013
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Having commercially fished myself for many years I now sit on the sidelines as an avid sport angler, but you just can't take the saltwater out of my veins when it comes to reading about life on the sea. Live vicariously through these great stories of men and women and you too will be HOOKED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Surf Deep on April 1, 2013
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Most of the contributing authors here are women, writing about commercial fishing from a female perspective. A bit too touchy-feely for this this man's taste. The writing is high quality, just not the style and genre I was expecting. Too many "issues" to wade through for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hadassah Arnain on November 30, 2011
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After reading these marvelous tales, I want to grab some raingear and head north. These fisher-writers invite the uninitiated into a world that is at once thrilling, dangerous, and captivating. But my favorite thing about this book was its breadth of exploration. Not only does one discover the adventure of the Deadliest Catch in its pages, the wonder of the everyday is here as well. The reader meets men and women who not only make their livelihood on the water, but who describe it with such vivid language and obvious affection, they inspire the novice to sell their comfortable two-story home and try their luck at the wild world of commercial fishing. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fishing, or more importantly, in what it means to be humans who have always lived with profound connections to the sea.
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By Sasha's mom on October 23, 2014
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More About the Author

LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS is a writer, editor, and national speaker who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the winter and Harvester Island in the summer, where she joins her family in a commercial salmon fishing operation. She also leads the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, a week long writing workshop held each September on her remote fish camp island. She has written/edited 8 nonfiction books of memoir and essays on a variety of subjects, including the spirituality of food, forgiveness, wilderness, commercial fishing, and parenting. She is on the Editorial Board of Christianity Today magazine and writes for Books and Culture and other journals. She loves to travel, and spent several years trekking around the world, through Asia, S.E. Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America. She still travels often, leaving Kodiak to speak at conferences, churches, retreats, and universities around the country. In 2013, she began the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, a week long writing workshop and retreat at her remote fishcamp island.

Leslie has written for many publications including The Atlantic, Orion, Books and Culture, Beliefnet, Christianity Today and many others. Her essays have appeared in On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors; It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters; A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild, and many others.

She has three graduate degrees, in Creative Nonfiction, English and Journalism.
Leslie has taught for many years in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Oregon, Alaska and Washington and now continues to teach through college visits, frequent radio appearances, speaking, and her professional writing business, The Northern Pen.

Leslie and her husband Duncan have 6 children, a daughter and 5 sons, most of whom work in salmon fishing every summer. She blogs at leslieleylandfields.com. You can reach her at leslieleylandfields@gmail.com