A Life Worth Living: The Adventures of a Passionate Sportsman

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Lyons Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
Jack Hemmingway, son of Ernest Hemingway and one of America's best-known outdoorsmen, has written a warm and candid memoir of his life as an incorrigible sportsman. But be forewarned - this is not a how-to book, nor a guide to secret places, though there is plenty of expertise and uncharted territory to be discovered here.Jack's season of a sportsman begins appropriately in the spring, at a dude ranch in Clark's Fork Valley, near the Yellowstone River. As an awkward six-year-old threading live grasshoppers on old, worn-out wet flies his father Ernest had discarded, Jack found his lifelong passion in much the same way his father had so many years earlier as a child on Walloon Lake in Michigan. His summer would bring steelhead on the North Umpqua, fishing with Papa's newly christened "Christ Pants" that enabled him to "walk on water," and looking for trout along the Danube in the aftermath of World War II. Fall brings expeditions to the steelhead-laden tributaries of the Snake River, fishing for Atlantic salmon, along with time for reflection and Jack's fervent belief that "there is always something new to learn."Balancing a self-effacing humor with a delicacy of prose both graceful and knowing, along with an introduction by Geoffrey Norman and a foreword contributed by Angela Hemingway, A Life Worth Living is a touching memoir of a lifetime spent practicing the sport he and his father both loved so much. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 288 pages, color photos)Jack Hemingway was an avid fly fisherman and sportsman for more than sixty years, and the son of Ernest Hemingway, one of the century's towering literary figures. His death in 2000 was marked on television and in newspapers and magazines around the world. This posthumous publication is his second book.

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The late Jack Hemingway reflects moderately on life with Papa while tracing his own evolution into a rabid fly angler who used every opportunity to further his education afield in whatever stream ... Read full review

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Geoffrey Norman's articles have appeared in "Outside", "Esquire", "Men's Journal", "National Geographic", & "Sports Illustrated", & he is currently editor-at-large for "Forbes FYI". His mysteries have earned him an Edgar Award. He lives with his family in Vermont.

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