Book Review: From a Wooden Canoe

fromawoodencanoebookReflections on Canoeing, Camping, and Classic Equipment

by Jerry Dennis

ISBN 0-312-26738-X

Book Description

This engaging collection of essays explores the quintessential American sports of canoeing and camping and pays tribute to the things worth keeping, from wooden canoes to pocket knives to cast-iron skillets. At a deeper level, it is about respect—for our possessions, for the natural world, for ourselves—and about the pleasures of a life well spent. From a Wooden Canoe is a celebration of the good things and the simple pleasures of life outdoors. It is a book to be read on winter evenings and rainy afternoons, and to be kept handy on a cabin shelf.

About the Author

Jerry Dennis has earned a reputation as one of the finest writers on nature and the outdoors in America today. Jerry writes for Smithsonian, Sports Afield, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and the New York Times. His previous books, including It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes, A Place on the Water, and The River Home, have won numerous awards. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award presented by the Michigan Library Association.


From a Wooden Canoe is the most satisfying kind of nature writing because it makes you want to get up and get out. Give these essays a good read, and then find your own canoe.” –The Wall Street Journal

“More than anything, Dennis offers us an appreciation of the simpler things in life that many times pass us by in our break-neck pace of living. He shows us that just off the beaten path is a slower avenue, taken by countless generations before us and still available to enjoy if only we would take the time to look.”
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette­­


This article appeared in Wilderness News Fall 2006

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