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You're not lost if you can still see the truck : the further adventures of America's everyman outdoorsman
Heavey, Bill, author.
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New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]

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xii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
"From the beloved Field & Stream everyman, a collection of hilarious, insightful, and moving pieces about a life lived outdoors"--Publisher's website.
Taking the bait, 1988-1999. Partners ; Fallback flats ; Shopping is fun, but not for men ; Monster in a box ; The girls of summer ; A chip off the old root ; Can I tell you something? ; A bowhunting obsession ; The waiting ; It's a bass world after all ; A morning in the blind ; Alone with a pretty woman in a small room with a big mirror ; Birth, death, and doves ; Truce and consequences -- It's always November somewhere, 2000-2004. Worthy ; American scene: rod and reel repair ; Tree-stand day ; Finally Uncle Danny ; Suddenly, she was gone ; Killing time ; Bubble boy ; A sportsman's life: drum roll ; Spring canoe tricks ; The kid in the photo ; None dare call it happiness ; Snoop ; Paradise lost ; Only so many ; As good as it gets ; Camp rules ; All alone in tarpon paradise ; Good cop, bald cop -- Not entirely untrue stories, 2005-2009. The 2005 Elmer awards ; On track ; Lost in the woods ; Stalking the highlands ; Daycare fishing ; Always on call ; The wild card ; Good grief ; A sinking feeling ; I've been caught ; Unsinkable ; Have gun, will travel? ; What I believe ; You can't touch this ; Current crazy ; Clay-bird brain ; How to be the man -- I wouldn't try that if I were me, 2010-2014. The last mountain man ; Handy man ; Salute to turkeys ; None for all ; Lizard lust ; School's out ; My late season ; Making the cut ; Casting a spell ; Caulk this way ; Rash words ; Unholy mackerel ; Son of a gun ; The old warrior.
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Field & stream.
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Writing for magazines and newspapers for more than twenty years, including two decades at Field & Stream , Bill Heavey has become famous as America's everyman outdoorsman, unafraid to draw attention to his many and varied failures--from sporting French lavender deodorant to scaring a UPS man half to death while bowhunting in his front yard.

Heavey's 2007 collection If You Didn't Bring Jerky What Did I Just Eat? , co-published with Field & Stream , the leading American outdoors magazine, was a resounding success that went into multiple hardcover printings. This new book, again co-published with Field & Stream , collects more of Heavey's top pieces from the magazine, as well as the best of his writing from the Washington Post and elsewhere. In this far-ranging read, Heavey's adventures include nearly freezing to death in Eastern Alaska, hunting ants in the urban jungles of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and reconnecting to cherished memories of his grandfather through an inherited gun collection.

With Heavey's trademark witty candor, You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck traces a life lived outdoors through the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious.

Author Notes

Bill Heavey is an editor at large for Field & Stream , where he has written since 1993. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Men's Journal, Outside , Washington Post , Los Angeles Times , and Best American Magazine Writing .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Well into his second decade as columnist at Field and Stream, Heavey examines an eclectic variety of topics, from hunting to fishing to relationships and even life's more profound mysteries. His perspective is that of a devoted, if not always expert, outdoorsman. If in doubt, he makes fun of himself. Among the topics is a visit to the customer-service department at Cabela's, the outdoor-product distributor, which has reinvented the lost art of human contact in customer interaction. But real outdoor activity dominates here. Heavey discovered hunting in his late thirties, seeing his sudden fascination with blood sport as the reawakening of a long-dormant gene. Another highlight is Heavey's tribute to his dog, Snoop not a working dog, just a dog, but no one's dog is just a dog. There's humor in the telling throughout, even in an account of being lost in Alaska in 30-below temps, a distinctly unfunny situation, but Heavey leaves readers laughing while frightened. Fellow outdoorspeople are the target audience, but the overall quality of the writing may draw even stay-at-homes.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Heavey (It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It) embraces his mantra "enthusiasm is a lot more important than skill" wholeheartedly in this remarkably engaging and often hilarious collection of writings from his 30-year career as a contributor to numerous publications, including Field & Stream. Even those who have never baited a hook, assembled a tree stand, or sat in a duck blind will quickly find themselves drawn into Heavey's world with colorful-and occasionally dangerous-accounts of outdoor life: shooting clay pigeons, nearly freezing to death in the remote Alaska wilderness, even manning the phones at Cabela's, a massive outdoor retailer that handles roughly 15,000 calls a day. There is philosophical substance embedded in Heavey's everyday musings, with insights into the murky waters of fatherhood and reflections on the meanings of childhood and manhood sprinkled throughout, but the emotional axis of the book is Heavey's wrenching essay "Suddenly, She Was Gone," an account of losing his young daughter. Unlike the chest-thumping TV personalities that dominate the outdoors hobby and leisure media today, the author's humble and articulate worldview is unfailingly refreshing. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Heavey (It's Only Slow Food Until You Try To Eat It) writes a monthly column in Field & Stream magazine, in which he shares the trials, tribulations, joys, and frustrations of being an outdoorsman. In this offering, the author has collected essays published from 1998 to today. Most stories are lighthearted and humorous romps through the woods and streams, such as his list of hunting camp rules or his experience working at a call center for Cabela's, a retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor-related merchandise. Heavey writes of encounters with an old-timer, who can fix any fishing reel ever made; a taxidermist, who generously gives boys silver dollars; a game warden, who can even leave the ticketed smiling; and an Alaskan trapper, who saves his life. Other pieces relate more personal information, such as his evolving relationship with his father and the death of his daughter, Lily. VERDICT Overall, this book will appeal to outdoors enthusiasts, especially hunters and fishermen. Margaret Atwater-Singer, Univ. of Evansville Lib., IN (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part I Taking the Bait, 1988-1999
Partnersp. 5
Fallback Flatsp. 10
Shopping Is Fun, but Not for Menp. 13
Monster in a Boxp. 18
The Girls of Summerp. 21
A Chip off the Old Rootp. 25
Can I Tell You Something?p. 29
A Bowhunting Obsessionp. 32
The Waitingp. 36
It's a Bass World After Allp. 39
A Morning in the Blindp. 44
Alone with a Pretty Woman in a Small Room with a Big Mirrorp. 50
Birth, Death, and Dovesp. 55
Truce and Consequencesp. 59
Part II It's Always November Somewhere, 2000-2004
Worthyp. 71
American Scene: Rod and Reel Repairp. 74
Tree-Stand Dayp. 77
Finally ... Uncle Dannyp. 79
Suddenly, She Was Gonep. 82
Killing Timep. 109
Bubble Boyp. 111
A Sportsman's Life: Drum Rollp. 114
Spring Canoe Tricksp. 116
The Kid in the Photop. 118
None Dare Call It Happinessp. 121
Snoopp. 123
Paradise Lostp. 125
Only So Manyp. 127
As Good as It Getsp. 129
Camp Rulesp. 131
All Alone in Tarpon Paradisep. 133
Good Cop, Bald Copp. 140
Part III Not Entirely Untrue Stories, 2005-2009
The 2005 Elmer Awardsp. 145
On Trackp. 149
Lost in the Woodsp. 152
Stalking the Highlandsp. 155
Daycare Fishingp. 166
Always on Callp. 169
The Wild Cardp. 177
Good Griefp. 180
A Sinking Feelingp. 183
I've Been Caughtp. 186
Unsinkablep. 189
Have Gun, Will Travel?p. 192
What I Believep. 195
You Can't Touch Thisp. 198
Current Crazyp. 201
Clay-Bird Brainp. 204
How to Be the Manp. 207
Part IV I Wouldn't Try That if I Were Me, 2010-2014
The Last Mountain Manp. 213
Handy Manp. 230
Salute to Turkeysp. 233
None for Allp. 236
Lizard Lustp. 239
School's Outp. 242
My Late Seasonp. 245
Making the Cutp. 248
Casting a Spellp. 251
Caulk This Wayp. 254
Rash Wordsp. 257
Unholy Mackerelp. 260
Son of a Gunp. 263
The Old Warriorp. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 269