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From a wooden canoe : reflections on canoeing, camping, and classic equipment
Dennis, Jerry.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvi, 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Thomas Dunne books."
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GV783 .D46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From a Wooden Canoe is a celebration of traditional things. It's a book about the value we place on our outdoor equipment, and a tribute to things worth keeping. The book's tightly humorous, evocative essays stir new appreciation for nature and sport and commemorate the quiet, simple moments of our days on the water and in the field.From a Wooden Canoe is a gift book with substance -- one to be read on winter evenings, and one that will command a place on a shelf of treasured possessions.

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Booklist Review

The 31 essays collected here, most of which appeared originally in Canoe and Kayak, offer a "walking tour through the good things and simple pleasures of the outdoor life." Each piece takes the form of a reflection on a specific kind of outdoor gear (Coleman lanterns, topographical maps, skillets) or a particular technique (portaging a canoe). Dennis, the author of The River Home , writes concise, well-informed, witty prose; his tone is friendly and appreciative of tradition without being maudlin. The celebratory tone of most of the essays is nicely tempered by a send-up of curmudgeons and a concluding essay that might have come from O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Evocative black-and-white illustrations by Glenn Wolff provide an effective complement to the text. Recommend this fine example of literary outdoors writing to fans of Bill Barich and W. D. Wetherell. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0312199791John Rowen