A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife

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A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea’s powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic illustrations of the ...

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Overview

A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea’s powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic illustrations of the blending of the human and natural worlds; emotion is attached to both spheres and adds texture to the sketches. Readers of varied interests will be drawn to the sincerity of the author’s voice.

A notable writer and poet, Lea’s lyrical writing preserves a picture of people and places from the past with vivid scenes recalling former times and contrasting them with modern life. Thoughtful portraits of New England elders and the author’s friends bring to life the outdoors as seen through many different eyes, inspiring readers to take a new look at the world around them. With the author’s knack for descriptive language, this compelling read will strike a chord with anyone interested in the contemplative side of nature—which, in truth, is most of us.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Kimball
“Sydney Lea is a fisherman, a hunter, a philosopher, a trainer of bird dogs, an interpreter of the past and a collector of stories. This abundance of experience shows up to good effect. Mr. Lea… draws upon his own experiences to give texture to storytelling. He writes memorably. His stories ring true.”
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“Lea, Vermont’s poet laureate, has crafted a series of essays on the people and places of his rural northern environment that will appeal deeply to those who love or admire New England and can appreciate the quiet life . . . The author’s literary expertise shines through in a passage where bass fishing reminds him of an Elizabeth Bishop poem but as much as his essays are about quail and dogs and logging, Lea reaches beyond regionality to a purely American experience. There is a soulful quality to his words and a strong conviction that a connected life is one to be admired and emulated. A cross between Thoreau and David James Duncan, Lea is a northern treasure.
— Colleen Mondor, Booklist
Kirkus Reviews
Now nearing his 70th birthday, Vermont poet laureate Lea (A Hundred Himalayas: Essays on Life and Literature, 2012, etc.) meditates on the role of people and place in his life and pays tribute to the many woodsmen (and women) who were his guides and mentors. "I've always been intrigued by the blending of natural and human worlds--or rather by the dramatic illustration of that blending," writes the author in this account of a number of the salty characters, many now deceased, who played a part in his life, many of whom he has described in previously published essays. Here, their stories help him chronicle his life and share his deep love for the northern New England woodlands and his passion for hunting and fishing. He describes with gusto his epic combats as a fly fisherman when he was a "hyper-hormonal young man," and he is unapologetic about his love of hunting, which he describes as a "life-long passion." Lea disparages what he describes as "the rants of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals," who don't understand the "sacramental" value of hunting, and he expresses great regard for the woodsmen who mentored him and accompanied him on his adventures. However, he is cleareyed in his appraisal of how much poverty and alcohol abuse were also a part of that bygone way of life. While he himself no longer traps animals, he pays tribute to the trappers who "know things about the ways of nature that our Staples-and-Domino's culture is largely unaware of." Lea is involved in an effort to create a 1 million-acre wildlife preserve on the border between Maine and New Brunswick that will be managed according to green guidelines. While his uncompromising views are--and are intended to be--provocative, the author's love of nature and his tender evocation of a way of life that is dying out have appeal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616088637
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 691,363
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sydney Lea is poet laureate of Vermont, and cofounded New England Review and edited it from 1977 until 1989. At times, he has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont, and Middlebury colleges. He has published ten poetry books, and many of his stories, essays, poems, and criticisms have appeared in the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and other publications.

Nick Lyons is the editor of Hemingway on Fishing, The Best Fishing Stories Ever Told, The Quotable Fisherman, and The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom. He has written over twenty books, mainly on fishing, in addition to hundreds of articles on the subject, which have appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, Outside, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Fly Fisherman. He splits his time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prelude xiii

Cold Time 1

Weathers and Places 3

Daybook, February 12

That Little Boy You're Holding 13

Daybook, March 21

Spring 23

Dirt and Blossom 25

Daybook, Mid-April 28

Now Look 29

The Turkey Cure 39

Daybook, May 47

Ownership 49

Daybook, June 56

Appetite 57

Summer 65

The Crossing 67

Brown, Gilbey's, Happy Ending 70

Daybook, July 76

Living with the Stories 81

Small Wonders 96

Daybook, August 105

Everything Comes Together 106

Fall 113

Daybook, Late September 115

Turned Around 117

Refurbishment 131

Daybook, October 140

Eighty Percenters: Reflections on Grouse and Grouse Dogs 142

Blessed 154

Daybook, November 165

God Bless Hunting 167

Daybook, December 176

Trust 178

Cold Time: Reprise 189

Daybook, January 191

Wild Black Duck 193

Snowdust 197

About the Author 207

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