Fire in the Straw: Notes on Inventing a Life

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)
21,000+ Reviews has the highest-rated customer service of any bookstore in the world
Product Details
$24.99  $23.24
Arcade Publishing
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author
Award-winning writer Nick Lyons has written some twenty-odd books and hundreds of essays, which have appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, National Geographic, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Big Sky Journal, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and widely elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

In Praise of Fire in the Straw:

"If a book can be life altering, and they sure can be, then this is one of them. There is no mystery why Fire in the Straw is this way, since it is charming, moving, filled with stories, with looks at how things really are in the world, told with a voice I absolutely trust and admire. The item, above everything else, that a book like this provides is inspiration. What a life Nick Lyons has had, fisherman, publisher, father, and loving husband to his wife, and all of it told with a lovely humility, with humor, and with that rare sense of what really matters." --Craig Nova, author of The Good Son

"Nick Lyons has spent so many decades nurturing talent in others that it's easy to overlook the enormous talent he brings to his own writing. His latest book, Fire in the Straw, is the compelling testament of a great editor, teacher, fly-fisher, and father, written in Lyons's trademark style--lucid, personable, witty, and honest, and so compulsively readable you won't want this journey through a life to ever end." --W.D. Wetherell

"Nick Lyons, legendary American fly fishing author and publisher, has written a superb, bone-honest, profoundly moving, deeply felt memoir revealing a complex and multi-layered existence beyond the angling passions for which most of us know him. Fire in the Straw is a deft painterly narrative that evokes the "inscrutable texture" of a life meaningfully, thoughtfully lived at every turn. I cannot recommend it highly enough." --Robert DeMott, Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor, Ohio University

In Praise of Nick Lyons' previous books:

"Within the pond of those who write about fly-fishing, Lyons is one of the bigger fish."--Publishers Weekly

"The world needs more of so generous a soul." -- Kirkus Reviews

"I love Nick Lyons's books. Every sentence is so full and ripe with whatever it is that keeps us fishing-and the minute-by-minute surprise and delight of it."--Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II and the author of Birthday Letters

"Nick Lyons is quite simply the tops, in stylish prose, gentle wit, and accumulated wisdom. Add his sense of humility and complete honesty-rare qualities among us fly fishermen-and you will begin to understand why Lyons' essays are essential to our sanity."--William W. Warner, author of Beautiful Swimmers

"A former English professor turned publisher whose contribution to outdoors writing is hard to overestimate." --Midcurrent Magazine

"His departures from piscatory tales offer readers thoughtful musings on aging, art, and publishing." -- Library Journal

"Fly-fishing isn't a spectator sport, but if Nick Lyons fishes as skillfully as he writes about it, I'd payto watch him. He's that happy and compulsive combination of angler-poet-romantic, and his book is a joy."--Ed Zern

"A warm, nostalgic and yet enormously canny and rewarding book about those twin mysteries, fishing and fishermen."--Robert Traver

"There's one way to tell a Nick Lyons fan: just hand one of us a copy of Fly Fisherman magazine. It doesn't matter how huge the trout on the cover is, or what experts are holding forth in the feature articles, we'll turn to the back page and read Nick's column, 'The Seasonable Angler, ' first. Over the past fifteen years it's become a sort of ritual-first the poetry of the sport, then the technique."--John Gierach