Acclaimed author Rick Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this "rich smorgasbord of a memoir . . . a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute" (New York Times Book Review).
"Exuberant . . . A classic . . . This is a rich bounty of a book." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A master."Boston Globe
"One of the very best writers we have."San Francisco Chronicle
"Both mythic and intimate . . . A virtuoso."O: The Oprah Magazine
"The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of Cormac McCarthy and Willa Cather."Chicago Tribune
From his bid to become Eudora Welty's lawn boy to the time George Plimpton offered to punch him in the nose, lineage has always been important to Rick Bass. Now at a turning pointin his midfifties, with his long marriage dissolved and his grown daughters out of the houseBass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life.
The result, an odyssey to some of America's most iconic writers, is also a record of self-transformation as Bass seeks to recapture the fire that drove him as a young man. Along the way we join in escapades involving smuggled contraband, an exploding grill, a trail of blood through Heathrow airport, an episode of dog-watching with Amy Hempel in Central Park, and a near run-in with plague-ridden prairie dogs on the way to see Lorrie Moore, as well as heartwarming and bittersweet final meals with the late Peter Matthiessen, John Berger, and Denis Johnson. Poignant, funny, and wistful, The Traveling Feast is a guide to living well and an unforgettable adventure that nourishes and renews the spirit.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Rick Bass, the author of thirty books, won the Story Prize for his collection For a Little While and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir Why I Came West. His work, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The Paris Review, among many other publications, and has been anthologized numerous times in The Best American Short Stories, has also won multiple O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes, as well as NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Bass lives in Montana's Yaak Valley, where he is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Peter Matthiessen, RIP 24
Chapter 2 Amy Hempel, Good Witch of Manhattan 38
Chapter 3 Gordon Lish, Captain Fiction 54
Chapter 4 Denis Johnson, A Long Time Clean 57
Chapter 5 Doug Peacock, Hay duke Still Lives 70
Chapter 6 David Sedaris, Trash Collector Extraordinaire 85
Chapter 7 John Berger, Old Man of the Mountains 114
Chapter 8 Gary Snyder and the Road to Kitkitdizze 133
Chapter 9 Russell Chatham, the Painter, Recently Hospitalized, Emerges from Seven-Figure Debt and Alcoholism, Ready to Paint 147
Chapter 10 Barry Lopez, Carnivore for a Night 155
Chapter 11 Tom McGuane, AKA Captain Berserko, Burning Down the House 171
Chapter 12 Lorrie Moore, Fairy Godmother: The Road to the Corn Palace; or, The Trail of Ears 190
Chapter 13 The Road Home 212
Chapter 14 Joyce Carol Oates, Badass 217
Chapter 15 Terry Tempest Williams, Red-Rock Solid 234
Chapter 16 Mississippi Ghosts 246