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“To the list of great Field & Stream essayistsRobert Ruark, Gene Hill, Cory Ford, and Ed Zernadd the name Bill Heavey. His writing is funny, poignant, acerbic and, best of all, always alert to the absurdities of life. This is a book that will be read and re-read for years and probably for generations.” Patrick F. McManus, New York Times best-selling author of The Bear in the Attic and A Fine and Pleasant Misery
If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat?
Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia
978-0-8021-4395-2 • $14.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2008
An uproarious collection of nonfiction from beloved Field & Stream columnist Bill Heaveythe funniest and most popular writer in the country on the great outdoorsthat reads like a cross between Dave Barry, Jeff Foxworthy, and Rick Reilly
For nearly a decade, Bill Heavey, an outdoorsman marooned in suburbia, has written the “Sportsman’s Life” column on the back page of Field & Stream, where he does for hunting and fishing what David Feherty does for golf and Lewis Grizzard did for the South. His work is adored by readersone proclaims him “the greatest sportswriter who has ever walked the planet,” and another recently wrote in to nominate him for president of the United States in 2008and his peers have recognized his work with two prestigious National Magazine Award nominations.
If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat? is the first collection of Heavey’s sidesplitting observations on life as a hardcore (but often hapless) outdoorsman. Whether he’s hunting cougars in the southwest desert, scheming to make his five-year-old daughter fall in love with fishing, or chronicling his father’s slow decline through the lens of the numerous dogs he’s owned over seventy-five years, Heavey is a master at blending humor and pathosand wide-ranging outdoor enthusiasms that run the gamut from elite to ordinaryinto a poignant and potent cocktail. His advice for men on how to survive a midlife crisis? Skip your birthday party to go fishing with a friend. Child care woes? Don’t hire a sitter when your daughter can enjoy the fresh air and improve your hunt by learning to drive deer past your stand. Worried that Disney cartoons are giving kids a sugar-coated view of the natural world? Pop in a hunting DVD (Whitetail Madness 5 works like a charm).
Funny, warmhearted, and supremely entertaining, this book is an irresistible addition to the literature of the outdoors.