From Publishers Weekly
This gently humorous essay collection by Outdoor Life
columnist McManus (The Bear in the Attic
) explores hunting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. As he wryly explains in The Kind of Guy I Am, McManus's literary persona is an aw-shucks middle-aged married guy with four daughters who dreams of his flies, reels, waders and snowshoes while on vacation with his wife in Venice. Hoping to someday be like Rancid Crabtree, an old man who lives in a slab shack against the mountain and does nothing all day but hunt and fish (The Ideal Life), McManus and his buddy Fenton Quagmire jettison the high-tech camping gear and attempt to rough it Thoreau-style (Back to Basics), with predictably hilarious results. Other tales involve learning how to be patient while fishing (A Dimple in Time) and enlightening one's fishing partners on how the moon determines the tides (Where's Mr. Sun?). McManus narrates his woodsy stories with a laid-back style that will earn many smiles of fond recognition from anyone who's heard a guide say, I know there used to be a trail here. (Nov.)
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This collection of 17 essays (previously appearing in Outdoor Life) spotlights the popular humorist’s impish wit and sharply drawn characters, including his offbeat, rich friend, Fenton Quagmire. McManus covers rural life—haircuts, trailer hitches, dogs, and so on—with his usual wordplay and gentle fun making. Hill sounds as if he is a big fan of the writer, infusing the pieces with energy and humor. His backcountry performance, a subtle combination of accents and verbal mannerisms, is spot-on. He makes it seem as if he is having a relaxed, friendly conversation with us—a perfect match to McManus’ prose. --David Pitt
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