From Publishers Weekly
In the same charming style of his previous books, Gierach (Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing; Still Life with Brook Trout) offers plenty of enthusiasm for nonanglers, but is also full of the firsthand knowledge and sagely guarded secrets that keep fishermen coming back for more. This collection of essays offers envy-inducing travelogues, such as "Baja," "Tennessee," and "Atlantic Salmon," as well as others that focus on the intricacies of "taking someone fishing," such as "The Perfect Host"; others, like "Book Tour," explore the ups and downs of the writing life and publishing business. The most personal look at Gierach, who is both a bamboo-rod snob and free-spirited trout bum, comes in the revealing "Cheating," which covers how anglers "fight over how the fish should be caught" and allows the author to share his biases, transgressions, and some secondhand gems about poaching. No matter the subject, Gierach's prose, complete with catchy one-liners ("the river you see is like a slide show run by a speed freak"; "fishing is like any other quest in the sense that when you finally close the deal, you can be at a loss about what to do next"), combines the naturalist poetics of Norman Maclean and the nascent practicality of Benjamin Franklin. (May)
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"The master of fly-fishing strikes again with his latest adventures in waders."
—Alan Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee
"Even if you can't bait a hook or tie a fly, you may identify with America's best fishing writer, John Gierach, as he details 'the delightful torture known as fly fishing'—and a lot more—in the 20 essays that make up No Shortage of Good Days."
—Steve Bennett, Houston Chronicle
“If you're a fisherman who also loves to read about fishing, you've probably heard of John Gierach, whose essays on fly fishing and life are full of humor, insight and irreverence. . . . just fun to read, as all of his books are.”
—Bob Frye, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"While Gierach offers plenty of fishing how-to advice, the book is most memorable for the wit and insight he brings to more introspective matters, such as the whys of fishing, the places the sport takes you, and the people you meet. There are many technically correct fishing writers and many with a unique voice, but few bring together these two sides of fishing literature quite like Gierach."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Few writers, if any, have written about the implications of fly-fishing as eloquently as Ernest Hemingway in The Big Two-Hearted River, but Gierach brings detailed insight and a sense of humor to the subject. . . . Gierach’s genial campfire manner and woodsy witticisms should hook more than just the average fishing fanatic."
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