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Kerplunk!: Stories

A book by Patrick F. McManus

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Entertaining, humorous stories

  • Aug 27, 2010
If you like Garrison Keillor, you will probably like this book. Stories of the small-town folksy lifestyle are not very common. While not fall-down funny, you will chuckle more than laugh. Sometimes a grin is just what you need. It's a nice book to read in the late summer or early fall. I don't know why, but it just feels like those are the best times for absorbing the stories in the book.

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This gently humorous essay collection byOutdoor Lifecolumnist McManus (The Bear in the Attic) explores hunting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. As he wryly explains in The Kind of Guy I Am, McManus's literary persona is an aw-shucks middle-aged married guy with four daughters who dreams of his flies, reels, waders and snowshoes while on vacation with his wife in Venice. Hoping to someday be like Rancid Crabtree, an old man who lives in a slab shack against the mountain and does nothing all day but hunt and fish (The Ideal Life), McManus and his buddy Fenton Quagmire jettison the high-tech camping gear and attempt to rough it Thoreau-style (Back to Basics), with predictably hilarious results. Other tales involve learning how to be patient while fishing (A Dimple in Time) and enlightening one's fishing partners on how the moon determines the tides (Where's Mr. Sun?). McManus narrates his woodsy stories with a laid-back style that will earn many smiles of fond recognition from anyone who's heard a guide say, I know there used to be a trail here.(Nov.)
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ISBN-10: 0743280504
ISBN-13: 978-0743280501
Author: Patrick F. McManus
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Entertainment
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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