Vivid hunting and fishing tales for weekend warriors.

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40 TRUE STORIES OF HUNTING AND FISHING ON PATHS LESS TRAVELED

A debut collection offers autobiographical stories about the thrill—and risks—of taking muddy back roads.

Born in 1942, Oberg grew up on a farm in Minnesota. Though he eventually left the farm to become an engineer and entrepreneur, his love of rural living never left him. In this lively volume featuring 40 stories, the author recounts his years going on hunting and fishing trips to places like Saskatchewan’s remote Sturgeon Landing and Colorado’s ruggedly beautiful Sawtooth Mountain. With a voice that sounds like a good-natured uncle telling campfire tales, Oberg’s adventures are—for the most part—a celebration of the great outdoors. (The volume features a few uncredited black-and-white photographs.) Some of the stories are very short, like one lovely, slice-of-life piece about the joy of listening to loon mating calls while in a tiny tent with his wife, Ginny. Other tales are more involved and introduce eccentric characters he’s met along the way, such as the “socially deficient” Capt. Al. Humor plays a big role here, too. Once, the author accidentally shot at a cow elk with his pants down because it appeared when he was trying to pee. A story that seems out of place in this upbeat collection is about a gruesome pig slaughtering—he didn’t know how to do it humanely, and the animal suffered. But for the most part, the prose is fun to read and sails along smoothly—and much like taking the back roads, it sometimes veers off the path. For example, a coming-of-age hunting story turns into a tale about the first time he ever tried a cigarette. Chock full of colorful descriptions, the bracing book—written with Holt—brings places to life. When Oberg was driving on a logging road in Canada, “the wheel ruts were deep enough to bury a coyote.” Not every trip produces a vibrant yarn for the raconteur, who recalls that he’s eaten more than his share of canned beans in the rain. But whether he’s night fishing on Minnesota’s small Manuella Lake or riding a motorcycle with Ginny through Alaska’s vastness, he truly appreciates the glory of nature. 

Vivid hunting and fishing tales for weekend warriors. 

Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-79039-220-9

Page Count: 290

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: May 9, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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