They Shoot Canoes Don t They

With tongue pressed firmly in cheek and a gentle but penetrating eye for human foibles, Patrick F. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, unappreciated lore, and opportunities for disaster to be found in the recreations of camping, ...

They Shoot Canoes  Don t They

With tongue pressed firmly in cheek and a gentle but penetrating eye for human foibles, Patrick F. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, unappreciated lore, and opportunities for disaster to be found in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing in his hilarious collection They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? Gathered here for the reader’s edification are such treasures as the true but little known story of the discovery of the efficacy of live bait by Genghis Khan’s chef, an examination of the precarious and perhaps fanatical expertise required for ice fishing, and a consideration of the circumstances that can cause a deer to ride a bicycle. Among additional topics explored are The Crouch Hop and Other Useful Outdoor Steps, The Sensuous Angler, and Psychic Powers for Outdoorsmen. Included, too, is The Hunter’s Dictionary, an invaluable lexicon that helps the novice sportsman understand such arcane terminology as “Ooooooeee-ah-ah-ah! (If there’s one thing I hate, it’s putting on cold, wet pants in the morning)” and “Baff mast pime ig bead feas mid miff pife! (That’s the last time I try to eat peas in the dark with my hunting knife!)” The author’s appreciation of outdoor life began in his early boyhood, when he absorbed a wealth of improbable information imparted by the old woodsman Rancid Crabtree, “who bathed only on leap years.” Young McManus also enjoyed special adventures with his ill-remembered sidekick, Retch Sweeney, and another boon companion of days gone by, the loquacious family dog, Strange, whose exploits as a hunter were limited to assaulting stray chickens and on one memorable occasion a skunk. “McManus here follows up A Fine and Pleasant Misery with a collection of sketches that launches him into the front ranks of outdoor humorists.”—Library Journal

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They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Patrick F. McManus
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1982-09-15 - Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

With tongue pressed firmly in cheek and a gentle but penetrating eye for human foibles, Patrick F. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, unappreciated lore, and opportunities for disaster to be found in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing in his hilarious collection They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? Gathered here
They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?
Language: en
Pages: 218
Authors: Patrick McManus
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1982-01-01 - Publisher: Turtleback Books

A tongue-in-cheek survey of life in the outdoors offers a selection of witty tales and humorous discourses on the hidden joys of hunting, fishing, camping, and nature
Never Sniff A Gift Fish
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Patrick F. McManus
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1984-09-15 - Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

More humorous observations and insights into the agonies and ecstacies of hunting, fishing, and camping by the author of They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?and other celebrations of life in the wild.
The McManus Treasury
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Patrick F. McManus
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986-09-01 - Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

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The Grasshopper Trap
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Patrick F. McManus
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986-09-15 - Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

Patrick F. McManus, the “funniest guy in the Outdoor Life and Field & Stream gang...offers another bag of whimsy in the Great Outdoors”* with The Grasshopper Trap. In this collection of thirty zany stories, spoofing camping, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities, McManus shares his hilarious wilderness misadventures. From facing