As fall settles in it’s a great time to take your fly-fishing indoors and curl up in a chair with a great read. One of my favorites is Steve Raymond’s, Rivers of the Heart: a Fly-Fishing Memoir; illustrated by August C. Kristoferson. A contemplative book, Mr. Raymond shares those things that matter most: the people, places, and things vital to his sport and to him.
The recent appearance of a new biography of Raymond Carver, as well as fresh speculation about the involvement of his editor in shaping his work has once again piqued interest in this prodigiously gifted author who lived and died hard in the Pacific Northwest. This book is a poignant memoir by Carver's first wife, Maryann Burk, whose role in the realization of Carver's unique genius has been treated inconsistently by biographers and critics alike.