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Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs Hardcover – May 18 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602397767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397767
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 16 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #713,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"By turns wise, funny, and tragic, Afield explores the uniquely symbiotic bond between human and canine hunters. A gorgeous collection of bird-dog tales by some of America's most distinguished writers/sportsmen."
—Jim Fergus

"In this splendid, all-star collection of stories, bird dogs have at last got the book they deserve. Buy two. Even if your dog doesn't read."
—Charles Gaines

"Some of these stories have the power of a shotgun blast, and some will rip your heart out, but every one of them rings true. DeMott and Smith have put together the best collection of writing about bird dogs that I've ever seen. No sap, no sunsets—just great stores, beautifully told."
—Sid Evans, Garden & Gun

"In Afield, some of our best writers lay bare the fantastically high expectations and, ultimately, certain heartbreak that attend plunking down cold cash for a hunting dog—a fool's gamble anyway, because, as these delightfully literate stories well attests, in the end, out dogs own us."
—Dennis Anderson, Outdoors Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A perfect treasure for anyone who loves bird dogs and bird hunting."
—Jimbo Meador

"Afield's dual charms lie in its focus on the love of dogs many of us can identify with and the introduction for many of us to fine writers with whom we might never otherwise have become acquainted."
Upland Almanac

"Buy this book. You won't regret it."
Wisconsin Outdoor News

"The most original and literate collection of sports writing to come out in years . . . poignant, quirky, and always entertaining."
Sporting Clays Magazine

"Some of America's best writers . . . confess their exasperations, admiration and unalloyed love for the dogs they have trained, hunted with and, ultimately, mourned."
Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University and author or editor of many books, including Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art, Brief and Glorious Transit: Prose Poems, and Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing. A flyfisherman for more than half a century, he is a Federation of Fly Fishers–certified casting instructor and life member of Trout Unlimited. He lives in Athens, Ohio, with writer and editor Kate Fox.

Dave Smith has been twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and once a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Elliot Coleman Professor of Poetry and Chairman of The Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99b69da4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x99b80d50) out of 5 stars Excellent essays for dog lovers Oct. 23 2012
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I purchased this book after reading one of the stories in Garden and Gun magazine. I am not a hunter, but am a dog lover and wildlife enthusiast so this book combined the best of both worlds. These essays, written by some great writers, all have one thing in common. They chronicle the amazing relationship we can have with dogs when working together.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b80f9c) out of 5 stars Take Me Afield! March 19 2013
By L. H. Meyer - Published on
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Lyrically written, Afield is a hymnal for those who love nature through birds, dogs and remote country sides. Whether you bird hunt with or without dogs, or perhaps, even as I fish...with or without dogs, you are able to smell and hear and feel the experiences so generously shared by this unique club of writers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b80f60) out of 5 stars Wonderful book about the joys and pains of bird dogs. March 19 2014
By Douglas B. Egenolf - Published on
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From simple to elegant the writing is perfect and to the point of all the emotions. There was Joy, laughter, pain and tears in this book....but most of all you could feel the passion. A passion that you can feel yourself with your own dog that easily makes you relate to the stories and enjoy them down to your soul. Too think I have something in common with Tom Brokaw, I would of never guesses that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b83270) out of 5 stars Great collection of bird dog stories Oct. 31 2012
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The book contains a great collection of bird dog stories that are sure to delight everyone. From bird dog antics to loveable partners for life, the authors portray their own lives and connection to their special dogs. Though each author writes of his dog in a different manner, you will surely find an author you can connect with and their love for the special bird dogs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b832d0) out of 5 stars A good collection of notable personalities with common dog owner perspectives. April 11 2014
By donald l archer - Published on
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It was uplifting as a hunting dog owner to read about the foibles of other owners and their dogs. It made me feel like I have a lot of good company with a less than perfect dog.