Uncommon Waters: Women Write about Fishing

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In this enthralling anthology, 34 contributors, including Margaret Atwood and Ted Gallagher, provide the literary answer to why women have gone, and will always go, fishing. Includes a list of fishing organizations and resources for fisherwomen.18 illustrations. 320 pp.
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Overview

In this enthralling anthology, 34 contributors, including Margaret Atwood and Ted Gallagher, provide the literary answer to why women have gone, and will always go, fishing. Includes a list of fishing organizations and resources for fisherwomen.18 illustrations. 320 pp.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unusual anthology of essays, poems and stories by writers famous and unknown celebrates the joys of fishing for women. Viva's risible delivery of her adventures during the opening of trout season in Roscoe, N.Y., shows how hard it is for people to accept a woman who plays the role of both femme fatale and serious sports enthusiast. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of the famous angler/writer, gives a teeth-clenching account of angling for marlin. In between are poems by Tess Gallagher, Linda Hogan and Carletta Wilson, a tale by Sugar Ferris that penetrates a large female bass's mind's eye and a moving memoir by Jean Rysstad of her fisherwoman-daughter, who was killed by a rogue wave. Also included is the first piece--by man or woman--published on the sport. Written in 1421 by Dame Juliana Berners, it is a fascinating primer on every aspect of the endeavor, from making a rod to preparing bait, with instructions that sound like recipes for a witch's brew: ``take wheat and seeth it well and then put it in blood a whole day and a night.'' This collection pk should inspire more women to record their outdoor experiences and in so doing create a new vision of feminine independence. Morris is a Seattle editor and angler. Illustrated. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Morris has compiled a unique anthology of essays, fiction, and poetry which the publisher touts as the first collection of women's writing about fishing. Thirty-six contributors, including Dame Juliana Berners (``The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle,'' c.1421), Le Anne Schreiber, Margaret Atwood, Nancy Lord, and Lorian Hemingway cover many types of fishing, both as sport and vocation, in locales from Siberia to Bimini. Morris attempts to define what it means for a woman to experience fishing, and how that relates to her family, mentors, and peers. She succeeds in creating a common voice which proves that the beauty of fishing ``lies precisely in the fact that it touches each of its impassioned adherents in a place deep inside the self.'' This touching and informative overview is a recommended purchase for women's studies and general fishing collections.-- Diane McNamara, Springfield City Lib., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878067760
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Adventura Books Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the Second Edition
The Long Light 3
The Emerger 11
Abe Lincoln Fished Here 17
Boat Ride 23
King Bait 29
The Young Woman and the Sea 35
Woman's Hour Has Struck 51
Jesus, Pete, It's a Woman Fly Fishing! 59
Fishing 71
Border Water 73
Fish 85
Where I Want to Be 93
The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle 97
Paul Bunyan: My Woolly Bugger Chucking Machine 119
For a Moment or So 125
Ahn-ka-tee 133
Sapphire Sea 143
One for the Glass Case 149
The Fishing Hour 155
Thoughts from a Fishing Past 161
Cut and Paste 169
Fishing for Eel Totems 179
Without a Backward Cast: Notes of an Angler 181
Currents 191
The Bassing Gal 201
Fly Fishing Folly 207
Fishing the White Water 213
A Little Short of the Record 215
The Search for the Sword 223
A Day in the Life 237
Ice Fishing 243
A Buncha Guys, a Coupla Fish, and ME: The Opening of Trout Season, Roscoe, New York 249
Magadan Luck 261
Mentors 271
Casting in the Fog: Reflections on a Fishing Sister 279
Contributors 291
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