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True North
Jim Harrison
0802142060
Aug 2005
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Book Description
An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, Jim Harrison's True North is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots. The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes to adulthood-often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves-he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of...


The Summer He Didn't Die
Jim Harrison
0871138921
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Three very different and challenging approaches to the novella form Harrison's latest. The title story laconically narrates the struggles of a multiracial, Indian-identified Northern Michigan wood pulp cutter named Brown Dog, a single father with an imprisoned, alcoholic wife. When the state dictates mandatory schooling for his disabled 7-year-old daughter, who suffers from the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome, "B.D." must decide whether to flee with her to Canada. "Republican Wives" presents after-the-affair disquisitions from three women who were the lovers of local university-based poet Daryl, whom one of the women, Martha, has tried to kill with an overdose of Elavil. The final novella, a meandering, partially autobiographical character study called "Tracking," thoroughly inspects the career's worth of...


A Good Day to Die
Jim Harrison
0385283431
July 1981
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Book Description
Their plans were conceived in a drunken excitement and resulted in more horror than any of them could have imagined.  There was the poet able to retreat into beatific reveries of superb fishing in cold, fast streams; the Vietnam vet consumed by uppers, downers and violence; and the girl who loved only one of them -- at first.  With their ideals ostensibly in order, they set out from Florida to save the Grand Canyon from a dam they believed was being built.  Along with the tapedeck for the car, the liquor and the drugs, there was also a case of dynamite.

From the Publisher
Their plans were conceived in a drunken excitement and resulted in more horror than any of them could have imagined. There was the poet able to retreat into beatific reveries...


Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison
Ted Kooser
0887483364
November 2000
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Jim Harrison
Edward C. Reilly
0805739785
May 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Twayne's United States Authors Series presents concise critical introductions to great writers and their works. Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work. A reader new to the work under examination will, after reading the Authors Series, be compelled to turn to the originals, bringing to the reading a basic knowledge and fresh critical perspectives. Each volume features: A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works A...


Warlock
Jim Harrison
0385291345
June 1982
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Book Description
John Lundgren, a.k.a. Warlock, is an unemployment foundation executive whose life is  about to become unhinged.  After surviving a midlife crisis, Warlock finally decides to get a job.  He soon discovers, however, that his new boss, Dr. Rabun, is no less evil to Professor Moriarty.  Hired to troubleshoot for the doctor, Warlock himself  battling poachers in the haunted wilderness of northern Michigan while also spying on his  employer's wife and son in the seamy underside of Key West.  A comedy with one foot in the abyss, Warlock is the singular literary entertainment from an American master.

From the Publisher
John Lundgren, a.k.a. Warlock, is an unemployment foundation executive whose life is about...


When the Wind Blows
James Patterson
0446607657
October 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Taking a break from his phenomenally successful Alex Cross series, James Patterson's When the Wind Blows is as much child's fantasy as it is an adult nightmare. The novel moves away from the gritty Washington, D.C., setting of the Cross books and follows the daily life of Frannie O'Neill, a Colorado veterinarian. After the mysterious death of her husband several years before, Frannie retreated to an isolated life in her Colorado practice. But a series of bizarre events suddenly disrupts her lonely routine. On a personal level, she is shaken by her new tenant--Kit Harrison. Kit's too handsome and too friendly and he's a hunter (or so Frannie thinks). He's also recovering from a devastating personal tragedy, and, as Frannie eventually learns, he's really an FBI agent using his vacation to follow a crucial lead. But Kit isn't...


Wolf
Jim Harrison
0385291604
Apr 1981
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Saving Daylight
Jim Harrison
1556592353
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Mountains and forests from the American West, oneiric apparitions and a hard-won, slightly bitter wisdom pervade this 10th book of poems from the prolific Harrison (Shape of the Journey), whose many prose works include Legends of the Fall. Harrison's passionate, sometimes uncontrolled poems portray his upbringing in northern Michigan and his long residence in the wilds of Montana, where "The moose/ down the road wears the black cloak of a god," and any small "community can drown in itself,/ then come to life again." His tough-guy tone and terse descriptions, along with his unpretentious free-verse line, might recall Gerald Stern or even Richard Hugo. Yet his leaps from topic to topic, his declamations and spontaneous, mystical utterances, suggest instead a Latin American influence—several poems appear both...


Just Before Dark
Jim Harrison
061800193X
Sept 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
These magazine pieces, written over four decades, reveal as much about Harrison himself as they do about the topics that define the book's three parts: "Food," "Travel and Sport" and "Literary Matters." Illustrated. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Library Journal
Poet, novelist, gourmet, and self-described "amateur naturalist," Harrison's wide interests make eclecticism one of the hallmarks of his writing. This volume, drawn from over 25 years of work, collects pieces that first appeared in forums as diverse as Sports Illustrated , Antaeus , and The Psychoanalytic Review , as well as several unpublished essays. While not all the material has held up equally well, few of the pieces are without...


Braided Creek
Jim Harrison
155659187X
March 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Friends and fellow poets Harrison and Kooser decided to have a correspondence entirely in short poems after Kooser was diagnosed with cancer and, Harrison says, "Ted's poetry became overwhelmingly vivid." The results of that decision are gathered here, and none of the two- to five-line writings is individually signed. Telling whose poem is whose is virtually impossible, and, not to gainsay Harrison, vividness, visual or tactile, takes second place to wit and wisdom in their colloquy. Both men are famous outlander poets, Harrison more the woodsman-hunter, perhaps, and Kooser the farmer-rancher, and their common basic concerns are land and water and animals, especially dogs and birds (when one is perforce in New York, "on a wet / and bitter street / I heard a crow from home"). They sound betimes like up-to-date imagists or...


Dalva
Jim Harrison
0671740679
Jan 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
A cast of fascinating characters populates the Nebraska farmland where Harrison's fine new novel is set. First among these is Dalva Northridge, a passionate and unconventional woman who, at 45, begins searching for the illegitimate son she bore 30 years earlier. While flashbacks explore Dalva's teenage romance with her son's father, a half-Sioux youth, the story is carried forward through Dalva's current relationships with her wealthy family and with Michael, a history professor. The middle portion of the book, narrated by the alcoholic and debauched Michael, brings a shift in mood. Michael, who is living at the Northridge family ranch while researching journals left by Dalva's great-grandfather, proceeds toward his own incapacitation at a Rabelaisian pitch. Woven through Michael's narrative are excerpts from the...


Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
Thornton W. Burgess
0486280233
May 1994
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Book Description
Jimmy Skunk has a long, hard day but comes out the winner in this captivating tale that tells how Reddy Fox is tricked into doing something he never intended to do and how a mischievous Peter Rabbit gets his comeuppance for playing nasty tricks on fellow creatures of the Green Meadow. A warm, whimsical adventure story with gentle lessons about nature, wildlife, and such virtues as courtesy, kindness and preparedness.


The Road Home
Jim Harrison
0671778331
Oct 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
With his 1988 novel, Dalva, Jim Harrison commenced an epic of the American Midwest--or more specifically, the Nebraska sandhills. In The Road Home his eponymous heroine returns in search of the son she abandoned 30 years before, only to find herself more deeply enmeshed than ever in the coils of the family romance. (Quite literally, by the way: the father of Dalva's son was her half-brother.) Now, a decade later, Harrison continues her story in The Road Home. Ranging over an entire century, this second installment encompasses both Dalva's ancestry and her valedictory impulses in the face of death, circa 1987.

As he did in the earlier book, the author passes the narrative baton from one character to another. There are five highly individual voices at work, including not only Dalva's own but that of her...



Legends of the Fall
Jim Harrison
0385285965
February 1989
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Book Description
The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels — Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name — confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

From the Publisher
The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels -- Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name -- confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the...


Off to the Side
Jim Harrison
0753198142
Jan 2002
Large Print Hardcover
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Book Review
Rarely does one encounter a memoir so filled with the details of a life lived. Whether recalling bits of his past as a depressed child, manual laborer, Hollywood screenwriter, aspiring poet, novelist, or alcoholic husband, Jim Harrison pauses to analyze these moments--the cause and effect--and the choices that have made him who he is. Loosely divided into chapters, Off to the Side is somewhat rambling, and Harrison's opinions and conclusions occasionally remain obscure ("nearly everything you hear about Mexicans in the great north is utterly untrue")--but, to the benefit of readers, Harrison is never at a loss for ideas.

The solace Harrison finds in the natural world is most compelling, and it could be said he, too, shares Frost's "lover's quarrel with the world." After losing an eye at an early age and sinking into...



Basic Sewing (101 Essential Tips Series)
Chris Jefferys
0756606128
August 2004
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Book Description
Tack, darn and hem your way to sewing success with this fantastic pocket-sized guide. One hundred and one nuggets of practical information take you stitch-by-stitch towards a broad understanding of the basics of sewing.


True North
Jim Harrison
0786126876
May 2004
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
If the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, what should a son do to provide moral recompense? In Harrison's earnest, initially riveting new novel, narrator David Burkett decides as a teenager in the 1960s that he must rectify the ecological damage done to his beloved Upper Peninsula area of Michigan by his rapacious timber baron ancestors. More immediately, he vows to tell the world about the rapes and abuses committed by his alcoholic father, a charismatic Yale graduate with an egregious sense of entitlement. After a foray into organized religion, David finds spiritual solace in the stark natural world, described by Harrison in soaring prose. Unable to sustain emotional connection with any woman other than his older sister, David has brief liaisons with four women, but he feels more pain over the death...


The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems
Pablo Neruda
0872864286
April 2004
Paperback
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USA Today
One of three must-have new poetry titles.

The Austin Chronicle
"The best introduction to Neruda available in English... few other books... have given me so much delight so easily."

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