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An outside chance : classic & new essays on sport
McGuane, Thomas.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1990.
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x, 294 pages ; 22 cm
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PS3563.A3114 Z472 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

Thomas McGuane was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on December 11, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Michigan State University in 1962 and a M.F.A. from Yale University in 1965. His first novel, The Sporting Club, was published in 1969. His other works include Ninety-Two in the Shade, Nothing but Blue Skies, Keep the Change, Panama, and Nobody's Angel. His novel, The Bushwhacked Piano, received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award for a Work of Fiction in 1971. He was also co-editor of The Best American Sports Writing. He authored screenplays for Rancho Deluxe (1973), The Missouri Breaks (1976), and 92 in the Shade (1975).

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Booklist Review

From a critically acclaimed novelist, a newly revised and enlarged collection of essays previously published in 1980--and including an excellent new introduction by Geoffrey Wolff. McGuane is a master of language, possessing pinpoint reasoning, an expansive humanity, and an ability to conjure either tears or cheers (and sometimes both) within the space of one paragraph. Among the highlights here is an essay on noted naturalist-author Roderick Haig-Brown and a hilarious romp through the wild with McGuane's irrepressible hound, Molly. He also examines the motorcycle mystic, bonefishing, and the capriciousness of the gods who conspired to make one fishing trip a rod-and-reel version of "I Love Lucy." McGuane has something for nearly everyone. No index. ~--Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

This edition of McGuane's 1980 collection of the same title contains five new selections. Most of the essays deal with the author's chief passion, fishing, at which he seeks taxing challenges like fly-casting for brook trout and pursuing the wily bonefish in the Caribbean. His other interests include hunting, where he is aided not at all by his lovable dog Molly, and moto-cross racing (he's but a spectator). Despite the subtitle, McGuane addresses topics other than sport, as in ``A Visit to Roderick Haig-Brown,'' an affectionate portrait of a Briton transplanted to Canada's Pacific Northwest, and ``Buster,'' about a Texas horsetrader bred in the ways of the last century. An affecting lyricism buoys this exceptional omnibus collection. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved