A Life Worth Living: The Adventures of a Passionate Sportsman

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Globe Pequot Press, 2004 - 260 pages
Jack Hemingway, son of Ernest Hemingway and one of America's best-known outdoorsmen, has written a warm and candid memoir of his life as an incorrigible sportsman. But be forewarned -- this is not a how-to book, nor a guide to secret places, though there is plenty of expertise and uncharted territory to be discovered here. Jack's season of a sportsman begins appropriately in the spring, at a dude ranch in Clark's Fork Valley, near the Yellowstone River. As an awkward six-year-old threading live grasshoppers on old, worn-out wet flies his father Ernest had discarded, Jack found his lifelong passion, much in the same way his father had so many years earlier as a child on Walloon Lake in Michigan. His summer would bring steelhead on the North Umpqua, fishing with Papa's newly christened "Christ Pants" that enabled him to "walk on water," and looking for trout along the Danube in the aftermath of World War II. Fall brings expeditions to the steelhead-laden tributaries of the Snake River, and fishing for Atlantic salmon, along with time for reflection and Jack's fervent belief that "there is always something new to learn." Balancing a self-effacing humor with a delicacy of prose both graceful and knowing, along with an introduction by Geoffrey Norman and a foreword contributed by Angela Hemingway, A Life Worth Living is a touching memoir of a lifetime spent practicing the sport he and his father both loved so much.

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The late Jack Hemingway reflects moderately on life with Papa while tracing his own evolution into a rabid fly angler who used every opportunity to further his education afield in whatever stream ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Jack Hemingway was an avid fly fisherman and sportsman for more than sixty years, as well as the son of Ernest Hemingway. This posthumous publication is his second book.

Geoffrey Norman is the author of Two for the Summit: My Daughter, the Mountains, and Me. He has written for Outside, Esquire, Men's Journal, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Dorset, Vermont.

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