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Product #: 7132
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pub Date: 07/15/11
True Stories of Obsession, Death, and Love from Alaska's Commercial Fishing Men and Women|
The rousing sea stories are all here: the dramas of near-death battles, the sickening tragedy of lovers and friends lost to the waters---but this is not the whole story. This collection represents an extraordinary holistic view of Alaskan fishing: not just the dying, but the living; not just the obsessive doing of fishing, but the passionate being as well. Readers will understand why so many are hooked, unwilling or unable to leave this uncommon life.
Collectively, the 16 fisher-writers in this anthology here have fished cod, halibut, salmon, crab, and herring. Some have fished commercially for several seasons; others have spent most of their lives on the water. Included are Moe Bowstern, Michael Crowley, Wendy Erd, Leslie Leyland Fields, Naphtali Fields, Erin Freistrad, Joel Gay, Sig Hansen, Mary Jacobs, Nancy Lord, Marta Sutro, Toby Sullivan, Joe Upton, Spike Walker, Shannon Zellerhoff.
"The writing is astonishingly good ... If you fish or know those who do; get them a copy. If they don’t fish, they can read about it. If they’re young and thinking of commercial fishing, keep this away from them."
----Dee Longenbaugh, Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel
ABOUT THE EDITOR: A resident of Kodiak, Alaska, Leslie Leyland Fields is a wife, mother of six, commercial fisher, world traveler, writer, editor, and teacher of creative nonfiction in Seattle Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts Program.