Liar's Code: Growing Up Fishing


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Skyhorse Publishing
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Chiappone, a two-time recipient of the Robert Traver Award, is the author of the story collection Water of an Undetermined Depth. His writing has appeared in anthologies and national publications including Playboy, the Sun, and Gray's Sporting Journal. One of his stories was made into an award-winning short film, another has been featured on BBC Radio. He teaches writing in the University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Fine Arts Program and serves on the faculty of the annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference in the town of Homer, Alaska, where he lives with his wife and cats.


"Rich Chiappone recalls--accurately and poignantly--the longings, frustrations, and low-rent triumphs of childhood fishing and brings them forward through the better part of a lifetime, proving that although fishermen do grow up, they never really change. --John Gierach, author of All Fisherman Are Liars and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame

"With a unique blend of insight, literacy, irreverence, and self-deprecating wit, Rich Chiappone has accomplished a goal even more challenging than landing a permit on a fly: the creation of a classic." --E. Donnall Thomas Jr., two-time winner of the Traver Award, author of Redfish, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Snook

"Sometimes humorous, often bittersweet, and always insightful, Liar's Code is a work that will appeal to anyone who appreciates great writing." --Dave Atcheson, author of Dead Reckoning and Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier

"Rich Chiappone cracks me up. These stories, with their sidelong glances and arched eyebrows, would not be nearly so much fun if he caught more fish." --Tom Kizzia, author of New York Times bestseller Pilgrim's Wilderness

"Chiappone speaks to all of us, even those unfortunate few who've never picked up a fishing rod in their life. Liar's Code is about fishing, yes; but it's also about all the other, richer joys that abound in this life. No lie: Rich Chiappone's paean to fishing is a keeper!" --David Abrams, author of Fobbit, book blogger at The Quivering Pen

"Liar's Code is quintessential Richard Chiappone: humorous yet haunting, pithy but never precious. Each essay swims from the page with the reader in tow." --John Larison, author of Holding Lies and Whiskey When We're Dry

"You don't need to know a chub from a chinook to love these stories, which are much, much less about 'catching the big one' than they are about family, friendship, and following dreams." --Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate, author of Fishcamp and Beluga Days

"Rich Chiappone writes like a magician, somehow making you long for a childhood among the Union Carbide stack and old fishermen's stories. He makes you wish to have had a life so full." --Pete Fromm, author of If Not For This and The Names of the Stars

"From the mighty Niagara River, to the startling wonder of Alaska, to the dreamland of the Caribbean, Richard Chiappone tells vivid, meaty tales and proves once again that there is more to fishing than the fish." --John Pitarresi, outdoor columnist for the Utica Observer-Dispatch

"Rich Chappione spins a happy tale. Liar's Code reminds us, again and again, that it's good to be alive and fishing--considering the alternative." --Scott Sadil, author of Fly Tales, Cast from the Edge, and Lost in Wyoming

"As an occasional participant in Rich's adventures, I can attest that Liar's Code, as Huck Finn would say, 'is a mostly true book, with some stretchers.' His writing is funny, warm, and perceives the universal truths of our lives through a singular lens--in this case, fishing. A delightful read. --Will Rice, author of Fly-Fishing Secrets of Alaska's Best Guides