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Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America's Most Misunderstood Fishby Mark Spitzer
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"I love Mark Spitzer's passion and energy for gars and, just as important, for the pursuit of gars. Like the novelist and poet he is, Spitzer brings empathy,
humor, and deep imagination to a type of writing usually mired in the merely factual. Mark Spitzer had worked hard at his craft daily for twenty years and it shows in every sentence. There is a wildness here--in both fish and man. . . . Thanks to this we can read Season of the Gar and have our lives lifted."
--David Gessner, author of Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond
"The prehistoric gar, a fish sometimes mistaken for Nessie, has found its chronicler in Mark Spitzer. This is a work of history, adventure, and philosophy, as suspenseful a tale as any fictional thriller, yet amazingly true and thought provoking. Don't be surprised if this book starts a gar-craze!"
--Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author of The
Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess
"Bravo to Mark Spitzer! He dives headlong into the roiling, snake-infested realm of the gar and exposes ugly truths about the long campaign to rid the earth of these fearsome yet fascinating fishes. By debunking myths about gar, he does for them what Barry Lopez and Rick Bass have done for wolves. . . . Season of the Gar is the best compendium of gar information ever put together. More importantly, it is an emotional essay about one man's enthusiastic inquiry into the proper relationship between man and nature. It's destined to become a classic in outdoor literature."
--Keith Sutton, author of Fishing Arkansas and Pro Tactics: Catfish
Book News Annotation:
A passionate fisher, Sptizer (writing, U. of Central Arkansas) offers a portrait of the fresh-water fish in the southern US that generalizes from his personal experience to reflect the larger relationship between humans and gar. He is not here to glorify the gar, he says, but to clear up misunderstandings and myths about it. He contends that it does not eat up all the other fish in the lake or river, and actually has an important ecological role. The book includes essays, folklore, articles, photographs, comic relief, flashes of science, recipes, reports of changing policy and regulation, and other elements, but no index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Season of the Gar is a fang-infested, monster-headed, armor-plated romp through the prehistoric swamps and murky rivers of Americas most feared and demonized fish. Follow Mark Spitzer on his lengthy and often frustrating quest from Texas and Louisiana, Missouri, and Arkansas to catch his own gar. Read about his sometimes bizarre angling adventures in search of this air-breathing freshwater giant (up to ten feet in length and well over three hundred pounds) as he separates fact from fiction. Spitzer draws on folklore, science, history, his own pet gar, and even gar recipes to tell this unique and exciting literary eco-tale about a fish that has inspired imaginations for centuries, a fish many have hated, a fish many have thrown on the shore to die.
About the Author
Mark Spitzer is assistant professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas, managing editor of the Exquisite Corpse Annual, and a lifelong, passionate fisherman. Hes the author of a number of novels, story collections, poetry, and translations, and a past resident of Pariss famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. He was a recent guest and gar guide on a television episode of Animal Planets River Monsters.
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