The Believer: A Year in the Fly Fishing Life

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Scribner Book Company
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
David Coggins is the author of The Optimist and the New York Times bestseller Men and Style. He writes about travel, style, and fishing for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, Esquire, and his newsletter, The Contender. Coggins lives in New York and fishes regularly in the Catskills, Wisconsin, and Montana.
"A global fishing trip that hooks more than fish. . . . [A] meditative, enjoyable book, [The Believer is] an engaging personal journey about finding what you need to find and keeping it in your heart." --Kirkus (starred review)
"David Coggins shares tales of angling adventures across three continents with wit, entertaining anecdotes of fish caught and lost, and a bit of self-deprecating humor. Beyond his skillful depictions of the fisheries, Coggins does an excellent job capturing the flavor of each locale. But perhaps the most relatable aspect is how Coggins tries to balance the responsibilities of life with his fondness for fishing. . . . an enjoyable, worthwhile read." --Salt Water Sportsman Magazine
"Coggins plumbs connections between angling and life with loved ones; his account of negotiating the Patagonia trip with his girlfriend is a masterful analysis of gender relations. Glimpses of Bruce Chatwin, Butch Cassidy, Rainer Maria Rilke, bad beer, and a polo match bring Coggins' celebration of fly fishing to life." --Booklist
"Fishing is so much more than casting and catching, and so is The Believer. In his latest book, Coggins incites the absolute conviction that despite the craziness of what you are about to do, it is the right thing. Readers will close the book reassured that one doesn't have to catch a fish to be a successful angler [rather] in David Coggins' irreverent but informative prose, why failure is as entertaining as success. I propose a toast to Coggins and The Believer: may 'the thrill of undiluted purpose and barely contained madness' keep returning time and time again." --Atlantic Salmon Journal
"A wonderful example of how well angling can weave us into the world. . . . Coggins writes with equal measure of wisdom and humor and brings his enviable itinerary fully to life. . . . He has a gift for connecting with interesting people and for enjoying cultural nuances when he travels. He takes fishing but not himself seriously and is a fine travel companion for the reader. . . . Non-anglers as well as anglers will enjoy his nuanced travel writing." --Gray's Sporting Journal
"In The Believer, David Coggins, an engaging writer with a good sense of humor, chronicles a year angling in places most of us can only dream about." --Wall Street Journal