This reviewer became a fan of the essay upon reading the
classic "How to Cook Roast Pig". However, perusing
seventeen pieces on fish, fishing, or related topics seem
outside my lane as the only fish I catch is in a can.
Still, Ian Frazier is a popular New Yorker essayist and
many of his tales occur in and around the Big Apple.
Thinking it's the sediment of the Hudson that makes the
bagel taste good, I figured I could always shut down by the
second contribution by explaining that the big one got
away. However, instead I read all seventeen pieces in one
sitting, as each contribution is intelligent, witty, and
insightful. These tales are not just putting a worm on the
hook in Central Park, but are human-interest segments that
are often amusing but always insightful. Anglers will love
this collection of Mr. Frazier's best New Yorker
contributions, but so will anyone who relishes a different
perspective through a fish's eye. PS, I still will catch
my fish in a tin.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 13, 2002