Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?: A Professional Amateur's Guide to the Outdoors

Bill Heavey (Author)

Product Details

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Grove Press
Publish Date
November 20, 2018
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Bill Heavey is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream and the author of three previous books: You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck; If you Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat?; and It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Men's Journal, Outside, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in Maryland.


Praise for Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?

"Readers don't have to hunt or fish to appreciate Mr. Heavey's essays, which . . . are more complicated than they first appear. The title of his book evokes the knee-slapping comedy of the campfire, a promise that his peculiar brand of farce frequently fulfills. But he also displays a gift for the sublime."--Danny Heitman, Wall Street Journal

"The traditional hook-and-bullet story involves an angler or a hunter, a measure of expertise, and the pursuit of fish or game. By story's end the author is usually describing landed fish or downed prey, and has rewarded readers along the way with field tips and knowledge. Bill Heavey takes a different approach, dispensing with the expertise and instead rewarding readers with madcap storytelling, laughter, commiserative cringing, but most of all a manic and contagious enthusiasm. Should the Tent Be Burning Like That? A Professional Amateur's Guide to the Outdoors is Heavey's latest miscellany, gathering many of his columns from Field & Stream, and whether crashing a houseboat in Florida or salving a bout of melancholy with some worm fishing, Heavey is absurdly great company throughout."--Garden & Gun

"This new book is a collection of the best columns Bill has done for Field & Stream (and a few other publications) in the last few years, which is to say that it's as good as anything anyone has written in any publication about anything. Give the Devil his due; Bill Heavey has a way with words . . . [He] inhabits a world [that] consists of animals and fish that are much better at surviving than he is at killing them; hostile, malfunctioning inanimate objects; incomprehensible written directions; doe pee that refuses to stay bottled; human folly, rain, sleet, wind, bad luck, no luck at all and, because he is now in his 60s, when your friends start dying in earnest, sorrow, pain, and loss. The secret to Bill's success was laid bare at a speech he gave . . . to a club comprised of hypercompetitive hunters and fishermen in their 30s and 40s and 50s, all of whom are very successful in life and in their chosen sports . . . They loved him because all of them, who compete against fellow club members, and themselves, and game animals and fish, and Nature, had been defeated time and time again, sometimes ignominiously. And they persist, as does Bill. That is a Great Truth, and is the theme that runs through this book. As Hugh Glass said in The Revenant, "As long as you can pull a breath, you fight." I trust Mr. Heavey will continue to milk it for all it's worth."--David E. Petzal, "The Gun Nuts," Field & Stream

"As a writer for Field and Stream, Bill Heavey has been able to connect with hunters, anglers and those who appreciate the great outdoors by sharing an honest perspective of his experiences. In an industry fueled by ego, Heavy's writing style is far less serious, and focused on sharing his very own brand of comical failures with his readers."--Outdoor Hub, "5 Reading Picks for the Hunter/Angler/Hiker/Camper"

"Long-time outdoor magazine columnist Bill Heavey's latest collection of tales, Should the Tent be Burning Like That, will have you laughing and learning into the wee hours [with] humor and practical advice on fatherhood and parenting, deer urine, yardwork, chasing steelheads, literature, mystical turkeys, friendship, surf casting and helplessly falling in love . . . Your indoors outdoorsman will keep it on his bedstand for a long, long, time."--C.F. Foster, Florida Times Union