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Have you ever been so passionate about something that it occupied your every waking moment? In his latest collection of essays, celebrated writer and lifelong angler James R. Babb reflects on his preoccupation with fishingone so strong that it often keeps him awakeand further recounts many of his most memorable adventures from a life spent casting flies across the globe. From the majestic lakes and rivers of northern Maine to the mountain streams of East Tennessee and crossing the Atlantic to the lochs of Scotland and the chalk streams of southern England, Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep transcends international boundaries to demonstrate that the joy of fishing is universal.
Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep brims with more than two dozen chapters on varying aspects of the sport. In Roamin' the Gloaming,” Babb hilariously comments on some of the peculiar idioms of his chosen passion. The aptly titled Snide and Prejudice” reflects on the companionship, friendships, and occasional animosities that arise from fishing with others. And in Simple Gifts,” Babb muses on the eternal bane and gift of all flyfishermenthe weather.
In the vein of great writers such as Mark Twain, Annie Dillard, and John Gierach, Babb’s poignant prose and witty observations are true testaments to the unparalleled wit of an American master.
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