ISBN-10: 0802157211
ISBN-13: 9780802157218
Publisher: Grove Press
Publish Date: 09/13/2022
Dimensions: 8.80" L, 6.20" W, 1.20" H

The Search for the Genuine: Nonfiction, 1970-2015


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The first general nonfiction title in thirty years from a giant of American letters, The Search for the Genuine is a sparkling, definitive collection of Jim Harrison’s essays and journalism–some never before published

New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison (1937-2016) was a writer with a poet’s economy of style and trencherman’s appetites and ribald humor.

In The Search for the Genuine, a collection of new and previously published essays, the giant of letters muses on everything from grouse hunting fishing to Zen Buddhism and matters of the spirit, including reported pieces on Yellowstone and shark-tagging in the open ocean, commentary on writers from Bukowski to Neruda to Peter Matthiessen, and a heartbreaking essay on life– and, for those attempting to cross in the ever-more-dangerous gaps, death–on the US/Mexico border.

Written with Harrison’s trademark humor, compassion, and full-throated zest for life, this chronicle of a modern bon vivant is a feast for fans who may think they know Harrison’s nonfiction, from a true “American original” (San Francisco Chronicle).


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Praise for The Search for the Genuine:

"Harrison may be gone, but his writing speaks to a force larger than life: it continues to teach and inform years later, which is all a writer could ever really dream of." Literary Hub

"Spanning 45 years, this new bevy of essays and musings bursts with
insight, adventure, and well-lived experiences . . . his writing is always and
truly 'genuine.' Forthright, perpetually curious, and compassionate, Harrison
remains wholly compelling and readers will be grateful that this buoyant,
observant, and caring writer took time away from his sublime poetry to create
these enriching essays." Booklist, starred review

"Endlessly charming . . . An essential installment in the Harrison canon."–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Harrison devotees will eat this up."–Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A rollicking but sentimental tribute to a life wholly
lived."–CJ Lotz, Garden & Gun

poetic voice and storyteller's gift are strong in each of these pieces. With
sections on writing and writer friends; hunting and hunting dogs; Michigan,
Montana, and other favorite haunts; and, of course, fishing, the book makes the
reader feel like they are sitting on the next barstool, listening to a master
raconteur weave his tales. Harrison's voice is, as always, filled with such a
passion for living that it's difficult to believe he's gone. This collection is
a welcome addition to the disbelief." Marc Beaudin, Big Sky

"[The] great
chronicler of America and her natural beauty . . . [Harrison] lived a singular
life, a true American original, and The Search for the Genuine offers a
glimpse into a life lived on the margins but at the center of what matters." Alex
Perez, Return

"Over the course of his long career as a writer, Jim Harrison wrote
eloquently about the American outdoors in countless ways. The Search for the
assembles 45 years' worth of his nonfiction, covering subjects
ranging from Yellowstone National Park to searching for sharks. Looking for a
lyrical, meditative take on the grandest subjects out there? Look no further."
Tobias Carroll, InsideHook

with Harrison's consummate humor and characteristic empathy."–Jana Hoops, Jackson

"Harrison was one of America's most genuine
writers and his "Search" ruminates about love, literature, hunting, fishing,
border life and the magic of place."–Bruce Dinges, Arizona Daily Star

will see the world in a different light and soon realize you are reading the
work of a genius. Many readers will also learn he was a lot like you (and me)."
Bill Castanier, CityPulse

Harrison who emerges here is recognizable, but also useful, reminding readers
of the value of curiosity and range, whether in miles or mindset." –Glen
Young, Petoskey News-Review

Praise for Jim Harrison:

"Among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years."–Dwight Garner, New York Times

"Harrison is truly one of those writers whose books are hard to put down."–Los Angeles Times Book Review

"One of the few truly high-test males who've passed through the eye of the needle."–Louise Erdich, MS.

"[Harrison] can sweep a reader off her feet with his wordplay, even if he is just describing the weather."–Bernadette Murphy, Los Angeles Times

"Extravagantly talented, critically adored, more famous than most literary novelists . . . Jim Harrison gave his life to [writing], and American literature is richer as a result."–Gregory Cowles, New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-10: 0802157211
ISBN-13: 9780802157218
Publisher: Grove Press
Publish Date: 09/13/2022
Dimensions: 8.80" L, 6.20" W, 1.20" H
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