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Patrick F. McManus , Norman Dietz
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June 3 2002
The beloved humorist and bestselling author returns with his most riotous collection of essays to date

Starting with his trademark outdoorsman's wit, Patrick F. McManus's newest collection ponders the strange allure of the RV, the existential implications of being lost, the baffling tendency of animals to outsmart those who wish to hunt them, and the singular pleasure of doubling the size of every fish one doesn't actually catch.

Combining the curmudgeonly voice of Dave Barry and the innocent tone of Garrison Keillor, McManus brilliantly captures the everyday absurdities that comprise our existence. Alongside his humor, McManus's inimitable vision consistently evokes a childlike wonder at the natural world. Even if we are running low on food, the compass is broken, and we are fairly certain we have just spotted a family of Sasquatches frolicking in the treetops, The Bear in the Attic makes the outdoors seem wildly irresistible.

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From Publishers Weekly

rolific humorist Patrick McManus (The Deer on a Bicycle) offers another winsome collection of anecdotes and essays on fishing, camping, hunting and other outdoor activities and catastrophes. Childhood hijinks loom especially large in The Bear in the Attic: McManus recalls youthful culinary misadventures that culminated in a rock-hard loaf of bread useful only as a football; faking a cold so that he could finish an overdue book report only to take a disastrous impromptu fishing trip with the eccentric neighborhood woodsman; and other mischief-making. McManus also intersperses more recent tales of the sporting life as well as family life in his native North Idaho.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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More outdoors humor from McManus.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bear bait and belly laughs June 25 2003
Format:Hardcover
Prepare for the kind of laugh that starts deep in your belly and lingers on the lips, distilling into residual chuckles that punctuate the silence of your armchair. Patrick McManus' new collection of essays, The Bear in the Attic, is that kind of book. McManus' humor is inspired by the forests and streams of his native Idaho, a world in which hunting and fishing are the sports of gods, and one doesn't look for finer entertainment anywhere else. Much of the author's wit derives from his mythic lack of success at these recreations. He bags so few deer that his hunting friends are convinced his presence on a hunt is bad luck.
McManus also updates old hunting and fishing jokes - lying about the size of your fish; the ways in which the old, sage hunter gets the neophyte to do all the work under the guise of "teaching" him; and the neophyte's hunt for the mythical sasquatch. But the old pro is at his best when he is spinning long, elaborate yarns with sophisticated twists that require the reader to follow carefully and put two and two together to get five or six.
His title story, "The Bear in the Attic," starts out with the apparent kidnapping of a young girl. Turns out the kidnapper is her grandfather (the author, of course). To entertain her, granddad promises to tell her about a bear in an attic. He begins with the story of how McManus' cowardly cousin goes AWOL from the U.S. Army by hiding in his parents' attic. He does so in collusion with his mother, though his father never knows a thing until the FBI raids the place and takes the young man off to lockup.
But what does all this have to do with a bear? McManus' granddaughter asks. The storyteller then spins off into the sequel in which his uncle brings home a bear cub.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Side-splittingly funny Feb. 2 2003
Format:Hardcover
We've read with pleasure Patrick McManus' stories for more than twenty years and this may be his best collection, yet.
The story that supplies the book's title ranges through a veritable history of a small Idaho town affected by World War II before any of its content relates remotely to a bear or an attic. Some feel annoyance at such digressions; my view is that I choose to spend a bit of time in this story teller's company because he does not hurry, does not abridge any telling detail or elide a nanosecond's chuckle.
What is especially satisfying about this collection is its scope: a long, almost Homerian tale to begin the game; recollections of a youth well spent in snow caves and shooting; modern -- which is to say recent -- anecdotes involving recreational vehicles and psycho-palaver. Pat McManus, if he were a tenor, would have the range to sing all the voices of the Mikado, himself.
Many humorous essays do not invite the reader's return; a punchline lets the air out of the literary balloon. But I find myself picking up this book repeatedly because the writing makes me laugh. Each journey through an essay shines new light on an element of humor, of piquancy I had missed before. With Mr McManus, the joy really is in the journey, not in the destination (or punch line).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven Four and Two Jan. 2 2003
Format:Hardcover
Happily, eleven is the number of additional collections of stories, four the number of books, and two the number of plays, that await readers after this first experience with, "A Bear In The Attic". The author of this particular collection of tales, yarns, myths, legends, boyhood shenanigans, and just simply outrageously funny prose, is Patrick F. McManus, and he has happily been at this for some time. Over 2 million of his books are in print, and unlike those frustrating moments when you discover a great new author only to realize you have just read the first and only work, here you have just begun. I am always a bit surprised to find an author this well known and well respected that I have managed to miss. In a way I am happy that I have, a whole new group of books is now waiting to be read.
Mr. McManus hails from an area decorated in what he describes as, "Idaho Gothic". Happily there are writers like he who can be found in a wide variety of locales. These people see what many of us view, but what they record, or understand, has much more detail, greater depth, and they then use their well honed gifts to share their observations with us.
Andy Rooney has been sharing his insights on 60 Minutes for many years, Garrison Keller will also come to mind, and Christopher Buckley would probably be the youngster in this crew. And then there are the legends, Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, pick your favorite satirist or storyteller, if you don't yet know this man you will readily add him to your list.
An outing with his granddaughter is either to the pool hall or the library depending on the point of view of the speaker, same goes for the head librarian who makes great Shirley Temples.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh. Oct. 20 2002
Format:Hardcover
Hilarity typically ensues whenever one reads Patrick McManus.

For years, Inland Northwest author McManus has regaled readers to the point of hysterical laughter with his personal essays on hunting, fishing, growing up and life is general.
Titles include "Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing," "A Fine and Pleasant Misery" and "They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?"
McManus is perhaps the most famous nonfiction author from around these parts, and several of his stories have been made into hit one-man shows.
All these successes are deserved.
The stories are dangerous to read in seemingly innocuous settings, like the breakfast table (unless you like having milk spurt out your nose) or in class (unless you love it when your teacher glares at you for laughing and causing a disruption).
My favorite story is "The Sensuous Angler," in which McManus sort of flirts with the idea of adultery. ...P>Sure, "Bear" has some good chortles in it.
The title story is funny, if drawn out. "Culinary Magic" and "A Hunter's Breakfast" are both funny looks at the dining habits of McManus and his compatriots. There's a couple of "ha haw" moments in "As the Ear is Bent," as we hear some of the gems ol'Pat has given his long-suffering disciple, Newton, and in "The Time Machine."
Newcomers to McManus will probably find a lot to enjoy. But really, there's nothing here that we haven't seen in any of McManus' other books. And the freshness has begun to fade.
Hopefully, "Bear" is just representative of McManus' "off" days, and not a sign that the author is permanently slipping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!!
You have got the love this author. McManus has a way of telling a story with just enough exageration to it that you will find yourself laughing out of loud, and often time having... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Aquarius Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
I wish I had known about Patrick McManus sooner. An absolutely hilarious book. He spins stories about his family, relatives, friends, and community. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2002 by jednick
4.0 out of 5 stars A Humorist "Roughs It" in the Great American Wilderness
If you haven't yet discovered Patrick F. McManus, aka "Mr. Outdoors," THE BEAR IN THE ATTIC is a fine place to start. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by Roy E. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet?
Pat McManus comes through again! Just when you think he must surely have run dry, he has another batch of great tales centered on his outdoor experiences. Read more
Published on July 21 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars This wasn't what I was expecting
Okay first off, Ilove McManus' books and think he is great.
Secondly-This is a funny and interesting book. Though I have to say that this does not compare to previous books. Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by ty7777
4.0 out of 5 stars Good material, but bring back George S. Irving
While the material presented in this audiobook is hilarious, the reader quality is sadly not up to the quality of previous McManus audiobooks. Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by Daryl R. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a new McManus Book!!!!
It has been several years since Pat McManus published a book of new stories. His recent books have been either anthologies combining the material from other books, or in one case,... Read more
Published on May 22 2002 by Daryl R. Gibson
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