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A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home [Hardcover]

Jerry Dennis , Glenn Wolff
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September 1993
Profound reflections on fishing, nature, and life highlight a compilation of essays by an experienced naturalist as he blends experience and observation to evoke his Michigan childhood, rail at destructive changes, and consider Hemingway. 20,000 first printing.

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Home for Dennis ( It's Raining Frogs and Fishes ) is Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There he has fished streams from the Soo in the East to rivers in Ontonagan County in the West, adding an occasional trip to the northernmost area of the Lower Peninsula. Although his father was addicted to bass fishing, Dennis early became an aficionado of angling for trout. He also developed a fondness for canoeing; one of his book's best passages chronicles a trip down the roiling white waters of the Presque Isle River. Another chapter covers his efforts to prove that Ernest Hemingway, who spent several summers as a youth in the U.P., was not writing about the Two Hearted River in his famous story bearing that title. The collection, gathered from pieces that have appeared in the New York Times , Outdoor Life and other publications, will interest ecologists, campers and nature lovers of any stripe or speckle.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Pleasant essays--five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America--on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992--not reviewed). Having grown up in the 1960's in the vicinity of Michigan's Silver and Long lakes and Au Sable and Boardman rivers, Dennis is able to write of waters once teeming with fish but now barren--and, happily, of once-barren waters now full of fish. He seems to have done a lot of his fishing at night, claiming that nocturnal angling offers ``your best hope of deceiving a large brown trout with an artificial fly.'' In one piece, he and his teenage buddies jump a fence in the dark of night to fish a string of farm ponds in the middle of a pasture filled with grazing buffalo. In others, like ``A New-Moon Bass'' and ``Night Paddling,'' Dennis recalls fishing with his father and floating ``through the darkness on muggy summer nights.'' In 1970, he tells us, he observed hundreds of lake trout circling hypnotically in the glow of dock lights. Though a pilgrimage to the Fox River (Hemingway's model for ``Big Two- Hearted River'') disappoints him, Dennis is pleased to meet Robert Traver, the late author of Anatomy of a Murder. Traver, a former state supreme court justice, delights Dennis by taking him into the back woods to his favorite fishing hole. Dennis also hunts for a legendary huge ``old brown'' living in a dark, still pool of the Boardman. He never catches the fish, but, as he notes, ``catching a trout like that isn't the point. The point, of course, is believing that he's there.'' Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch--like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations--some seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Great author Jan. 20 2004
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I think this is probably the best outdoor book I have ever read. Jerry Dennis has a way of making you laugh and realize how much the water means to you as an angler. Every angler should have a copy of this book in their library.
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This is the first book by Jerry Dennis that I have read, and I love it! I grew up in Michigan and have fished some of the same places mentioned in the book. He shares some very fasinating childhood tales. I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read... Jan. 14 2000
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Jerry weaves a number of tales from his boyhood through life with fine dexterity and aptitude towards the human experience. The short story of Christmas and the death of his friends father was especially touching. You won't be diappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home. Feb. 17 2000
By K. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book by Jerry Dennis that I have read, and I love it! I grew up in Michigan and have fished some of the same places mentioned in the book. He shares some very fasinating childhood tales. I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read... Jan. 14 2000
By D. Kolton - Published on Amazon.com
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Jerry weaves a number of tales from his boyhood through life with fine dexterity and aptitude towards the human experience. The short story of Christmas and the death of his friends father was especially touching. You won't be diappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Place on the Water Dec 23 2007
By L. A. Trochlil - Published on Amazon.com
A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home
My first review and this book deserves it. "A Place on the Water" belongs on the shelf of every outdoorsman, especially if you have fished the Midwest. Fully captures the joys of youth, family, friends, and the outdoors. The best of short story, outdoor writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me home. June 28 2014
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As a Old Mission -Traverse City native and 'up-north' adventurer I have to say the author does a brilliant job capturing the essence of the moment. I find myself longing for another canoe trip, river fishing, weekend camping or just being outside in Northern Michigan. This is one of those books that you can read more then once and, has earned a place among my favorites!
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, thoughtful and authentic Jan. 2 2014
By Keith G Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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Observations on a man's connection to the out of doors. Strong sense of place but told in a manner that is by turns heartfelt, touching and humorous Recommend to anyone who feels the tug to be at the edge of land and water.
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