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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616088637
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nick Lyons is a former English professor and book publisher, as well as the author and editor of many books on various topics. He lives in New York City.

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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