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Hooked: Based on the story of Jim Baugh Outdoors Paperback – June 23, 2011
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This is a really good read!
A bit about myself:
Being a girl from the East Coast of Virginia, Born in Norfolk, and having the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay as my playground all my life, (Mom told me I could swim before I could walk!) I was always under the impression I had salt water running through my veins! I enjoyed the pleasures of fishing with my father and step father for many years. I thought, (and still know) I was a pretty darned good "Fisherman". I was crew for an offshore fishing team for years! When I wasn't out on the water on the weekends, I was watching fishing shows on TV!!!
Yeah I had it bad for a girl!!
One Day in Downtown Hampton I met this man JIM BAUGH through a mutual friend. He seemed to be a nice guy and we sat and had a short cocktail with him at Marker 20. We met again a few times after that on and off throughout the years down at the piers behind the Rad.
Recently, he started cooking up some of the best BBQ and Ribs down at an old restored Victorian Tea House In Phoebus. Talk about good eating and some of the best music around! This is one of Hampton's best kept secrets and some of the best cooking I've ever had the pleasure of tasting!!. While I was there, he told me about his book, The title was HOOKED and he explained it was about his life and adventures fishing. I was planning on buying that book right then, but he didn't have any more available with him and told me I could purchase it online. It took me a while, but I finally purchased and began to read.
Oh My God!!!!! This poor man has been thru the mill from childhood and has had many exciting adventures, both in and out of the water all along the East Coast!!!! Producing and running his TV Show, traveling, getting married and having children and the ups and downs that come!! AMAZING! I have to say that King Neptune himself would be proud of what you have done and who you have become Jim! This book has made me laugh out loud, almost shot coffee out of my nose!! I have also cried so hard I couldn't read anymore and HAD to re-coop!!!
I am glad to have had the chance to read this book and will highly recommend to to everyone. I couldn't put it down!
See ya Friday evening at the Big Pink!!
From the very first pages the reader is roped into the life of Jimmy, a sweet Southern boy whose world is a jolting juxtaposition between a dream-like Huck Finn childhood, and the nightmare of mental illness that robs him of any resemblance of a nurturing mother figure. Adding to the drama is the recognition that this was the era when there was little understanding and even less treatment for the mentally ill. Things don't improve when his well-meaning father marries THE BITCH FROM HELL.
Faith, the genuine kind, is the common thread through the storyline, the lifeline that keeps the boy afloat through some formidable challenges. Be it the weekend escapes offered by the engaging cast of characters at Dock A, an uncanny talent for music--piano keys were Jim's yellow brick road, and a father's love that makes up for much.
When a happy marriage and two great kids follow one thinks our now successful outdoor television program producer dodges the preverbal dysfunctional bullet. That is not to say his stints as a magician and car stereo salesmen make for yawn producing passages -far from it! I ripped through the pages roaring with laughter.
But middle age hits and sends Jim and the reader on an unforgotten trip, a romp that centers on the often far from a Hallmark Card romance of online dating. DC Nympho? The Black Widow? Based on a true story, you truly can't make this stuff up.
Playing amateur psychiatrist I found myself yelling aloud--"Noooooooo, don't go back to her, she's totally nuts!" at the same time thinking here's the little boy in the man trying mightily to rescue the woman he loves, perhaps because he couldn't save his mother.
"Hooked" by Jim Baugh is a rip roaring, sometimes raunchy, often times poetic and powerful read. You'll have a blast between these covers.
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