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I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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The most entertaining and introspective fly-fishing memoir I have ever read.”
- David Ondaatje, filmmaker and owner, R.L. Winston Rod Company
Henry Winkler has become a true fly-fisherman and anyone who reads his eloquent words will gain an appreciation of why this sport is so pure and perfect. His stories and thoughts remind me why I love fly-fishing so much.”
- John Barrett, host, Fly Fishing the World
Henry Winkler and I share a love of the outdoors and fishing. This is a great book that captures the impact the sport can have on our lives. All outdoorsmen should read it and experience Winkler's passion for the fishing experience.”
- T. Boone Pickens, legendary energy executive
Winkler’s message is positive and upbeat, making the book as much a motivational title as a fishing memoir. The important lesson he learned from his achievements is that with patience, persistence, and practice you can accomplish anything. Well done, Henry. This breezy, charming volume is for fans of celebrity memoirs and self-help.”
Mike Rogers, Library Journal
Winkler’s warmhearted spirit anchors the simple collection of Montana and Idaho river photos, reminiscences, and asides, resulting in a fantastic Father’s Day gift for any patriarch who owns a pair of knee-high rubber boots.”
Richard Horgan, MediaBistro
There is something for everybody in this book . . . The book is a touching story about overcoming personal problems to reach one’s goals.”
Kevin Brown, The San Francisco Book Review
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And he shares his 20-year passion for fly fishing in this latest offering. It is hopefully, the first of more non-fiction works from somebody who previously and effectively tackled the kids market through the Hank Zipzer series. They also addressed challenges I previously faced in elementary school with my own disabilities. But this time he talks with myself and fellow adults. We have to recharge our brain.
The book itself is laid out less like a 'memoir' and more like a relaxed and intimate conversation amongst friends. This reflects Winkler's personality as a 'down to earth' individual who never let his head get too big. Personal challenges required him to work harder and smarter throughout his life. Obviously, this strategy paid off!
The book is not just writing, because Winkler is also a dynamic photographer. We see photographs of his favorite Montana vacation spot, the perfect place to do this fly-fishing. His family also participate in the annual ritual. Another strength of the book is that his wife Stacey provides a good preface.
This is one celebrity book not headed for the bargain bin. It would be worth giving to a friend or relative.
I grew-up watching Happy Days, and "The Fonz" was a childhood hero. Had a huge poster of him in my room. Getting to know the real person behind Fonzie was like icing on a cake. Henry Winkler's humor and honesty throuhout the book is wonderful. It is as good as watching The Fonz on Happy Days if not better. I am very happy that I had the chance to get to know Mr. Winkler through this book, and to have shared in his life since Happy Days. And that was NOT disappointing. I am also a Fly Fisher, and amateur photographer, and very happy to learn that we share the same passions.
The book reads very smooth. Never once did I have to force myself to pick it up to finish. My wife read the first chapter that was written by the author's wife describing her husband's personality on and off the water. My wife laughed very hard and said that he and I could be brothers. She instantly related to his wife living through the same issues pertaining to a very dedicated fly fishing husband. I finished the book in three easy halve hour reads. After my completion of the book, my wife and her mother are now reading it.
The book folds a family man's life into his love of fly fishing. All the old clichés of fly fishing comes out in this book. The idea of using fly fishing as an escape from everyday life, too learning lesson from fly fishing to use in everyday life. He talks about some of his personal disabilities that he lived with through his childhood and adult life. Then after he discovered fly fishing he was able to move past the disabilities raising his self-esteem helping him to accomplish some very big roles in his life.
As a very avid fly fishier he got into taking nature pictures to record all his fishing trips. All the pictures in the book are from the collection of the author that he had taken. There are some very beautiful pictures along with his captions creating a wonderfully warm connection to the authors inner most feelings. I feel these photos complete the book.
As you may have realized from my view point of the book and this short dissertation I recommend this book very highly to all fly fisher persons and for great family entertainment.
To be perfectly honest, the Firehole Family is overwhelmingly grateful to Henry and his family for their friendship over the years and we are deeply touched to be mentioned in his book. He truly captures the essence of fly fishing in Montana!
This lovely, humorous and heartfelt book is a delight to read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful insight into the private life of a public persona. One of the few books I've read cover to cover in the past 30 years. I love the cover picture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Nolan
The book may have had some meaning to the author but not to mePublished 2 months ago by Ellis Taoky
A quick read. But very heart felt and fun.
Enjoyed it very much.
Made me rethink some priorities.
Not worth the money.
Looked through this book and same message over and over. If you want to get motivated for Montana Fly Fishing I would download the free Montana Fly... Read more
This is really interesting since Mr. Winkler is remembered as the Fonzie.Published 7 months ago by AK BC
Not much meat on the bones but Henry loves his fly fishing and is happy to share it.Published 7 months ago by Ted Simendinger (Consignment)
After meeting Henry Winkler at the airport after a fly fishing trip, I bought this for my husband. He had great fun reading it after discussing fly fishing with Henry.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer
Mr. Winkler hit a home run with this book! The writing is simple, sweet and to the point. So nice to see someone from the city take a step into the outdoorsmans way of life and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Douglas B. Egenolf