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The Last River Rat by J. Scott Bestul & Kenny Salwey

"For there is no beginning in this land of river and hills. Nor is there an end."

In 2003, I saw a tiny notice in the local paper that an author - Kenny Salwey - would be speaking at our local library. I was intrigued when they described him as "a river guide, trapper, fisherman, hunter, root and herb collector and general all around woodsman and naturalist." They should have added story-teller extraordinaire! He read excerpts from The Last River Rat - Kenny Salwey's Life in the Wild, and discussed portions of it with the audience. He was as eccentric and warm and interesting as you could hope a wise outdoorsman would be.

The book itself is organized to follow the months of the year. Each month is a new chapter with both Kenny's and J. Scott Bestul's stories and commentary on life in the wild. J. Scott Bestul is most well known for his work as an editor for Field & Stream. The chapter begins with Bestul's reflections of time spent with Kenny during that month, and ends with a "Rat Tale" from Kenny's life in his own words. Some of them are funny, "I'd scream like a cat with its tail caught in a washing-machine wringer." Some are poignant, "For there is no beginning in this land of river and hills. Nor is there an end." Some are informative, "If smoke hangs close to the ground, it will rain or snow within the next day or two." All of them are vivid. A good addition to your outdoor library!



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