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The One that Got Away: A Memoir

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"Lost fish," writes Howell Raines, "chasten us to the knowledge that we are all, in each and every moment, dwindling. Imagine my surprise when I discovered well into my sixth decade that losing fish can prepare us for a blessing as well as for pain."Confronting loss -- of an elusive fish or something larger -- is at the heart of "The One That Got Away, " the graceful ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Scribner (first published 2006)
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Dennis
Oct 13, 2014 Dennis rated it really liked it
amusing first half. as lifelong fisherman, agree that the one that got away stays with us long after the fish we land. second half is self absorbing, little interest in the newspaper business. my take away. sometimes you just say f it and go fishing! glad to see my philosophy validated. yes, i realize this is way more than a fishing book.
Tom Baker
Jul 05, 2015 Tom Baker rated it really liked it
Howell Raines with the same fever that he has for fishing. I believe this book contains two parts: First and foremost, his love of fishing in all kinds of exotic and non-exotic locales. The second part is about the newspaper industry and his love for it and finally his vindication for his (unjust) firing from the New York Times.
Dan Ryan
Aug 04, 2008 Dan Ryan rated it really liked it
He hooks a big fish, and takes us along for a long ride through bitterness and joy. This book is a mix of fishing and a defense of himself and the New York Times for the Jayson Blair fiasco - and it offers insight into both.
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Feb 08, 2013 David Newman rated it it was amazing
I gave this one five stars because the author both entertained and challenged, though at times it was difficult.
I'm reasonably sure I can learn from this one. Definitely worth revisiting.
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Oct 31, 2015 Ray Savarda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-sold
I really liked the prose used in writing this book. No big aha-moments philosophically, but a good read, very enjoyable.
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