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Heavey's 2007 collection "If You Didn't Bring Jerky What Did I Just Eat?," co-published with "Field & Stream," the leading American outdoors magazine, was a resounding success that went into multiple hardcover printings. This new book, again co-published with "Field & Stream," collects more of Heavey's top pieces from the magazine, as well as the best of his writing from the "Washington Post" and elsewhere. In this far-ranging read, Heavey's adventures include nearly freezing to death in Eastern Alaska, hunting ants in the urban jungles of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and reconnecting to cherished memories of his grandfather through an inherited gun collection.
With Heavey's trademark witty candor, "You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck" traces a life lived outdoors through the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Heavey (It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It) embraces his mantra “enthusiasm is a lot more important than skill” wholeheartedly in this remarkably engaging and often hilarious collection of writings from his 30-year career as a contributor to numerous publications, including Field & Stream. Even those who have never baited a hook, assembled a tree stand, or sat in a duck blind will quickly find themselves drawn into Heavey’s world with colorful—and occasionally dangerous—accounts of outdoor life: shooting clay pigeons, nearly freezing to death in the remote Alaska wilderness, even manning the phones at Cabela’s, a massive outdoor retailer that handles roughly 15,000 calls a day. There is philosophical substance embedded in Heavey’s everyday musings, with insights into the murky waters of fatherhood and reflections on the meanings of childhood and manhood sprinkled throughout, but the emotional axis of the book is Heavey’s wrenching essay “Suddenly, She Was Gone,” an account of losing his young daughter. Unlike the chest-thumping TV personalities that dominate the outdoors hobby and leisure media today, the author’s humble and articulate worldview is unfailingly refreshing. (Dec.)