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The Traveling Feast: On the Road and At the Table With America's Finest Writers

Category: Book
By (author): Bass, Rick
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Later Years
  LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
  NON-FICTION / General
  TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: June 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 0.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*Part Blue Highways, part Tuesdays with Morrie, part Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an epic pilgrimage by acclaimed author Rick Bass, "an American classic" (Newsweek), to honor and thank his heroes

"A literary titan."--New York Times Book Review

"A master."--Boston Globe

"One of the very best writers we have."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Both mythic and intimate . . . A virtuoso."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of Cormac McCarthy and Willa Cather."--Chicago Tribune

From his bid to become Eudora Welty's lawn boy to the time George Plimpton offered to punch him in the nose, lineage has always been important to Rick Bass. Now, at a turning point-in his mid-fifties, with his long marriage having dissolved and his grown daughters out of the house-Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim is to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life.

The result, an odyssey to some of America's most iconic writers, is also a record of self-transformation, as Bass seeks to recapture the fire that drove him as a young man. Along the way we join in escapades involving smuggled contraband, an exploding grill, a trail of blood through Heathrow airport, an episode of dog-watching with Amy Hempel in Central Park, and a near run-in with plague-ridden prairie dogs on the way to see Lorrie Moore, as well as heartwarming and bittersweet final meals with the late Peter Matthiessen, John Berger, and Denis Johnson. Poignant, funny, and wistful, The Traveling Feast is a guide to living well and an unforgettable adventure that nourishes and renews the spirit.
Review Quote*Praise for Rick Bass:

"A literary titan...Bass is, hands down, a master of the short form, creating in a few pages a natural world of mythic proportions."
-Smith Henderson, New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*Bass continues to be a master of the short story....everywhere in this beautiful summary collection is a singular voice, that of Rick Bass and Rick Bass only, a writer whose early promise continues to be an enduring gift to readers. Here's to thirty more years."-Bret Lott, Boston Globe
Review Quote*"The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of McCarthy and Willa Cather, but he does more than just write prettily. Reading Rick Bass offers the deep pleasure of reinhabiting an older world, one that's not lost so much as latent and usually unnoticed....Bass, like McCarthy or Faulkner, reaches the universal by revealing the hidden infinities of the particular, both in humans and the landscapes they occupy....Each line of Bass's extraordinary prose brings you more awake."

-Nick Romeo, Chicago Tribune
Review Quote*"Bass is a keen and relentless observer of woods and praries and beasts of every variety....He writes with special feeling about loneliness....His best stories bring life and death within a hair's breadth of each other...They display clarity and heart and moral vision, and glow like a well-stoked wood stove."

-Dwight Garner, New York Times
Review Quote*"Glorious...Extraordinary...Heartbreaking...Transcendent...Bass is an acknowledged master of the short story...His greatest gift, what makes Rick Bass one of the very best writers we have, is his understanding of the soft hearts within even the hardest people."

-Porter Shreve, San Francisco Chronicle
Biographical NoteRick Bass, winner of the Story Prize for his collection For A Little While and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for his memoir Why I Came West, was born and raised in Texas, worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi, and has lived in Montana's Yaak Valley for almost three decades. His short fiction, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The Paris Review, as well as numerous times in Best American Short Stories, has earned him multiple O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes as well as NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.