You Won’t Hear Me Complaining, Part II

Books I got at the library last night:

Not So Wild a Dream, by Eric Sevareid. Sevareid was the guy who wrote Canoeing with the Cree about his and a buddy’s 2000 mile canoe trip from St. Paul to Hudson Bay in the 30s. An incredible book. This is supposed to be a great book about America during WWII and the American spirit.

Whitewater; Quietwater, by Bob and Jody Palzer. A very factual guide to the rivers of NE Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.P. A map of every river, brief descriptions of each river. Already tons of ideas for canoe trips this summer. We live in a great paddling area.

Fay, by Larry Brown. I don’t know much about this particular book, but I was recently alerted to Brown by the news of his premature death. A bad way to hear about a good writer, but alas. Compared loosely to Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner, if only because he’s a white southern male with a certain morbidity.

The River Why, by James Duncan. A classic of fly-fishing literature, I’d been wanting to read it for a while. Had one of the most interesting sounding cover flap descriptions ever, if only because it was a straightforward plot summary and an introduction to the dominant themes of fishing, searching for meaning, love, family, etc.

The Singing Wilderness, by Sigurd F. Olson. I’ve been wanting to read some of SFO’s stuff for a while and this seemed like a good first one. He is definitely the king of writing about wilderness and spirituality, and did it all from a vantage point of his love for the Boundary Waters.

My problem with the library is definitely checking out too many books at once. I check out like 2000+ pages of material with three weeks (six if I can renew them) to read it. I would probably do much better if I checked out one or two things at once. On the other hand, it is free and I usually end up finishing one or two things, starting a couple others. If I really like something, I’ll either finish it or remember to buy it/borrow it again. I think I check out so many at once because I don’t trust my memory so I request books as soon as I think to read them and I get a ton.

This is the best bunch of books I’ve checked out yet and I think I’m going to be doing a lot of reading to try to finish as much as I can in the next few weeks. You won’t hear me complaining.