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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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“Nick Lyons’s impressive narrative skills are on full display, making readers not only see but feel the nuances of the angler’s art and the watery stages on which they’re played out.” —The Wall Street Journal
Full Creel
A Nick Lyons Reader
By Nick Lyons
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978-0-8021-3841-5 • $16.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2001
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For over thirty years, Nick Lyons has endeared himself to readers by reminding them of why they fish. If Full Creel, he has at last assembled his favorite pieces into an illustrated collection that will be enjoyed by anyone who fishes or love to read about fishing.

Lyons is a pleasure to read because he so admirably re-creates the essence of angling: the meditative rhythm of casting, the burst of adrenaline when a fish strikes, the quiet joy of standing in a river. He recounts delightful stories of eccentric fishermen, heroic successes and abysmal failures, treacherous streams, and particularly wily fish that elude even the cleverest angler’s schemes. It is clear throughout that Lyons is possessed of that deep passion for a sport that so often turns into hopeless if benign addiction.

Indeed, he is endlessly plotting to find an hour or two to make a few casts. There has always been much in Lyons’s life to get in the way of this pursuit—family, work, literature, living in the city—and Full Creel is ultimately much more than a wonderful book about fishing. A husband, father, book publisher, and former English professor, Lyons weaves his personal experience and knowledge throughout his tales, creating textured ruminations on the links between angling and family, philosophy and literature. His sense of humor, his charming humility, his delightful portraits of his wife and children—all of these combine to make his essays deeply compelling and impossible to put down.

Beautifully illustrated by Mari Lyons, and with a fascinating foreword by Thomas McGuane, Full Creel is the summing up of a long and impressive career and an essential book for any aficionado of fishing literature.

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