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Northern waters
Grover, Janice Zita, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, [1999]

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231 pages ; 22 cm
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SH456 .G76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Although the field of special needs education continues to develop in exciting and controversial ways, many feel it lacks coherent theoretical analysis of its own. Students and practitioners often look to psychology and sociology for theoretical support for their own work. This book establishes the theoretical foundation for the work of the special needs community that was previously lacking, bringing together international contributors from key names in the field. The book will be an essential text for students and teachers, as well as all those involved in special needs across the social sciences.

Author Notes

Jan Zita Grover is a transplanted San Franciscan now happily living in northern Minnesota.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This collection of 22 essays by a transplanted Californian now living in northern Minnesota offers reflections on the art of fishing and the boundaries between nature and modern life. Grover not only offers fresh insights on such familiar fishing topics as the joys of fly-fishing and the experience of urban angling but also ventures into new territory with discussions of less-traveled topics like fishing fishless waters. Her thoughts jump from fishing itself to larger matters, philosophical meditation on nature or personal reflections (defending her decision to live in Minnesota rather than California). Throughout, she manages the difficult trick of simultaneously celebrating both fish and fisher, nature and humanity. Best of all is her lyrical prose, supported by dry wit and simple eloquence. Grover clearly belongs in the same league with such outstanding contemporary nature writers as Annie Dillard, Kathleen Dean Moore, John Gierach, and Bill Barich. Fascinating reportage from a place where water, words, and nature converge. --John Rowen

Library Journal Review

Though ostensibly about fly-fishing, this book never talks about catching fish; it is instead a detailed examination of the MidwestÄwritten by a native Californian. Although not a spectacular writer, Grover (North Enough: AIDS and Other Clear-Cuts) does have a keen eye for nature and our impact on the environment. (The waters Grover writes aboutÄin the "north woods" of Minnesota and WisconsinÄhave been familiar to me for 25 years, but she surprised me with her observations.) These challenging essays primarily explore an angler's engagement with the natural world, but they also take on Great Lakes salmon stocking, lampreys, dams, and fishing in Montana (which Midwestern anglers regard as our reward for surviving our winters). Many fly-fishing converts have been driven to write about the sport; few have succeeded as well as Grover. Although there are a few glaring factual errors, this is for the most part a thought-provoking work. Recommended for all fly-fishing collections, especially those in Wisconsin and Minnesota.ÄJeff Grossman, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib., Oak Creek, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Introductionp. 3
2. Small Northern Placesp. 13
3. The Creatures in Questionp. 23
4. Why Fish?p. 31
5. Minnehaha Creekp. 45
6. Old Fishp. 57
7. Lo, the Gentle Sturgeonp. 65
8. Vampires of the Inland Seap. 79
9. Bloodmealp. 89
10. Flyover Countryp. 95
11. Nights in the World a Woman Can Walkp. 103
12. Midsummer Evep. 117
13. Lie Down with Strangersp. 121
14. Ephoron Leukonp. 141
15. Industrial Fishingp. 143
16. Shocking Natives on the Split Rockp. 159
17. Hookedp. 171
18. Stuffp. 195
19. Fishermen's Pathsp. 203
20. Homewatersp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 221
Afterwordp. 223