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Founding Fish

Founding Fish - 03 edition

Founding Fish - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780374528836

ISBN10: 0374528837

Founding Fish by John McPhee - ISBN 9780374528836
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No
Founding Fish by John McPhee - ISBN 9780374528836

ISBN13: 9780374528836

ISBN10: 0374528837

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

John McPhee's twenty-sixth book is a braid of personal history, natural history, and American history, in descending order of volume. Each spring, American shad-Alosa sapidissima-leave the ocean in hundreds of thousands and run heroic distances upriver to spawn.

McPhee--a shad fisherman himself--recounts the shad's cameo role in the lives of George Washington and Henry David Thoreau. He fishes with and visits the laboratories of famous ichthyologists; he takes instruction in the making of shad darts from a master of the art; and he cooks shad in a variety of ways, delectably explained at the end of the book. Mostly, though, he goes fishing for shad in various North American rivers, and he "fishes the same way he writes books, avidly and intensely. He wants to know everything about the fish he's after--its history, its habits, its place in the cosmos" (Bill Pride, The Denver Post). His adventures in pursuit of shad occasion the kind of writing--expert and ardent--at which he has no equal.

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