All Fishermen Are Liars
By John Gierach
John Gierach leads a life many of us cannot imagine. Fly-fishing is Gierach’s job and he has spent years writing about his adventures. He finds writing about fishing to be just as wonderful as fishing, and he even gets to write off fly rods, travel and fishing lodges on his taxes.
Gierach’s lifestyle is as close as it gets to actually beating the system, and his humor never fails: “Finally it occurs to you that you’ve pretty much accomplished everything you set out to do, it’s just that you didn’t set out to do all that much. You realize that you’ve been writing about fly-fishing professionally for thirty-five years and still haven’t run out of things to say. This can mean only one of two things: that the subject itself is inexhaustible or that you’ll never quite get it right.”
From the Pacific Northwest to the Canadian Maritimes, All Fishermen Are Liars takes readers from the simple pleasures of fishing, to the Presidential Pools, and the importance of companionship, in a series of essays that will delight the experienced fisherman to the curious.
A Philosophy of Walking
By Frédéric Gros
With our lifestyles becoming more sedentary and obesity rates on the rise, most commentary on walking in our culture pertains to tracking heart rate and watching the pedometer. While walking is a great way to lose weight and stay healthy, it would be a shame to lose perspective on the act of putting one foot in front of the other as a stroll through nature, a pilgrimage, or an exploration of a thought.
In A Philosophy of Walking, Gros shares the ways many of the world’s great thinkers used walking as an important part of their creative process. Thoreau walked in the seclusion and solitude of Walden Woods; the young poet, Arthur Rimbaud, walked across Europe for escape and wrote some of his greatest pieces while away from home; Rousseau needed to walk in order to think; and Nietzche believed that one should sit as little as possible and that the greatest ideas were born of movement.
A Philosophy of Walking, alternates between how walking figured into the life of well-known thinkers and Gross’ own reflections on the pace of walking, solitude and company, silence and landscape, the mind and creativity. So delightful and so mindful, this book will renew the passion of the seasoned walker, or perhaps awaken the sedentary soul to discover his or her own rhythm.
Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
By Susie Middleton
Serious lovers of cookbooks read them not just for their recipes but also for the stories and the way of life. Susan Middleton’s new book is part cookbook, part memoir as she tells the story of setting up her own roadside farmer’s market on Martha’s Vineyard.
Middleton, former chief editor of Fine Cooking Magazine, chronicles her transition to an old farmhouse with one tiny bathroom, no closets and a rudimentary heating system on Martha’s Vineyard. The house does have its charms, the land is gorgeous, and the road provides enough traffic to set up a farmer’s market stand. Middleton also has a carpenter husband to help her along the way.
Stories from this little farm flow throughout the book, intermingled with beautiful photography of the farm, tips for cooks and over 125 fresh and simple recipes. Some of my favorites include the Deviled Eggs with Spinach, Basil and Toasted Pine Nut Pesto and the Grilled “Salad” Pizzettes. While Martha’s Vineyard is different from the southern climate, the unique format, recipes, and projects will inspire the southern gardener and cook.
Everybody’s Got Something
By Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts, a native of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been the co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America for the past 14 years. Under her leadership, the show became the #1 morning show. During that time she battled and recovered from breast cancer. Then just a few years later, Roberts was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Since she appeared on television every day, there really was no way to hide away. Roberts took her mom’s advice, “make your mess your message,” and shared her story with millions of Americans.
Everybody’s Got Something recounts Robert’s journey through diagnosis and treatment – a bone marrow transplant. Roberts recalls the words of the Southern writer Zora Neale Hurston, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” The diagnosis of a rare blood disorder certainly left Roberts with more questions than answers, but the triumph of love and family and friends is what comes through in her story. She reminds readers that we can change our lives and that we are much stronger than we think. Everybody’s Got Something is an honest, simple and uplifting read from a fellow Mississippian.
Jackson: Photographs by Ken Murphy
By Ken Murphy
Jackson: Photographs by Ken Murphy, which features iconic Jackson sites and structures, was created to capture what Jacksonians value and enjoy about the city. It is available at Lemuria Books, by calling 601-366-7619 or by visiting www.lemuriabooks.com.
My Southern Wild
By Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.
My Southern Wild is a new collection of wildlife and scenic photography by photographer Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. It is available at Lemuria Books and other bookstores and gift shops throughout the state, as well as on line at www.southernfocus.com.
These reviews are published courtesy of Lemuria Blog, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, Mississippi, www.lemuriabooks.com or blog.lemuriabooks.com. All books featured in this edition of BookShelf are available at Lemuria Books.