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Jerusalem Creek: Journeys Into Driftless Countryby Ted Leeson
Synopses & Reviews
Jerusalem Creek is an exploration into the unique landscape and of the "driftless area" of Wisconsin. Left untouched by a succession of glaciers that continually reshaped the surrounding territory, the driftless area slowly weathered into a region of hundreds of narrow valleys carved by hundreds of small spring creeks that, taken together, make up ten thousand square miles of trout country. But for all its size, the driftless country "is a geography of small concealments"-of coves and hollows, oak groves and shady bends, winding brooks and trout: "It is not a landscape that you hike up, or climb down into, or stand out looking upon; it is one that you slip inside of," and this book presents the view from within.
From the rumor of an old fishing log that first sends him into driftless country in search of trout, to a recognition of the loss and compromise that lie at the heart of many landscapes and many lives, Leeson reflects on waters and people-and the nature of his spring creek country. At times thoughtful and hilarious, passionate and wry, he journeys into the special charms of small-scale waters and pastoral spaces; the nature of meandering in trout streams and trout fishermen; ruminations on dairy cows, honeybees, and the Midwestern character, family and angling companions, Amish farmsteads, the memory of a missing photograph, the equivocal dream of owning a trout stream, the ways in which the past endures in the present.
Jerusalem Creek tells the story of how we create the places we love-and how they in turn create us. This is a wise, poignant, and haunting book.
"Occasionally Leeson's reveries drift into vague sentimentality, but for the most part he keeps them grounded with anecdotes and facts about the natural history and geography of his native region." Publishers Weekly
"Although spring creeks and Wisconsin geography are somewhat arcane subjects, Leeson brings them alive with style and insight in this remarkable memoir." Booklist, starred review
"[E]asily the finest collection of fly-fishing essays in a generation." Christopher Camuto, Fly Fisherman magazine
"A prepossessing journey through Wisconsin?s driftless area in search of fish ? though not only fish ? that?s as pleasurably meandering as any of the spring creeks found there." Kirkus Reviews
An exploration of the unique landscape and "driftless area" of Wisconsin. Ted Leeson reflects on waters and people - and the nature of his spring creek country. He ruminates on dairy cows and honey bees, on the charms of small-scale waters and pastoral places, and on the Midwestern character.
An exploration into the unique landscape of the "driftless area" of Wisconsin, some ten thousand square miles of beautiful trout country.
About the Author
Ted Leeson is the author of the widely acclaimed The Habit of Rivers (page 136). His essays and articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, Field & Stream, The Utne Reader, Gray's Sporting Journal, Men's Journal, and regularly in Fly Rod & Reel. He teaches English at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
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