Dance on the Wild Side: A True Story of Love Between Man and Woman and Wilderness

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I'm distressed by the idea of Jane wanting to compete in a man's world. That's the way my wife refers to her growing enchantment in outdoors adventure. The idea infuriates me. I understand that anyone who really is anyone must struggle with everday problems and relationships. I realize love must be learned and earned, and that it can be lost through mistakes or choices made or not made during life. Some might applaud the thought of a lady determined to become her "own woman" in a man's world. Not me. What bothers me is not that my petite wife of more than four decades wants to compete in outdoors proficiency, but where in in hell does anyone get the idea that all in nature belongs to men? This book, then, is about two people in love, sharing a life of exciting adventure--and growing in the process. In reality, it's about any couple over forty who lived and loved and shared and struggled to live the kind of life they wanted. What makes this story especially remarkable is how many times this couple fell on their butts while doing it.

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You ought to get to know Roland and Jane Cheek: this book, "Dance on the Wild Side," is just the way to do it. Roland, a outdoor newspaper columnist leans heavily on his years in the mountains as a guide. He also leans heavily on his wife, Jane. There is plenty of evidence of Jane Cheek's hand throughout this book, whether it is in her influence on the young Roland or in the turn of a phrase that speaks of a little more grace than might have been picked up through three decades of outfitting in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This is a memoir, mostly from Roland Cheek's perspective, and it is a love story.

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- Cheek's newest book is a love story - You ought to get to know Roland and Jane Cheek; their new book, "Dance on the Wild Side," is just the way to do it. - Roland Cheek is a regular contributor to Outdoors Across Montana. He writes a column that leans heavily on his years in the mountains as an outfitter and guide. He is author of "Learning to Talk Bear," a Cheek perspective on grizzly bears, and "The Phantom Ghost of Harriet Lou," a collection of stories about elk hunting and life in general. - Cheek also leans heavily on his wife, Jane, as many of us husbands do. There is plenty of evidence of Jane Cheek's hand throughout this book, whether it is in her influence on the young Roland or in the turn of a phrase that speaks of a little more grace than might have been picked up through three decades of outfitting in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness - "Dance on the Wild Side" is a memoir, mostly from Roland Cheek's perspective, and it is a love story. It begins in a time that has become just distant enough to take on that golden patina of nostalgia and it continues right up until now. It begins in a small town in Oregon and moves to a growing town in northwestern Montana. - You'll like the Cheeks. They worked for everything they have and in this country that kind of currency is worth more than its face value. - Roland Cheek was born in the West Texas Hill Country and moved to southwestern Oregon in 1937. - Jane Cheek left Arkansas with her parents in 1944 and wound up next door to Roland. - They married in 1954 and 10 years later they moved to Montana. You meet the Cheeks when they are just kids living next door to each other in Oregon, and you follow them through raising a family, growing a business and finally retirement, of sorts. - There are dark passages in this book: Roland's devotion to a haunting older brother, an underlying characteristic of belligerence in the man and some trouble in the marriage. - But as Jane Cheek's publicity notes say, the book's thrust is that it is never too late to simplify; that one is never to old to seek adventure and that one should do what one loves and contentment will follow. Besides this story about a couple that becomes a family, the book also is full of encounters with wild animals and colorful characters. It is all set against the backdrop of America's fine country--first in Oregon in the 1940s and 50s and then Montana's great backcountry. --Great Falls Tribune

Just before Christmas I was searching for a special gift for Lee and found and ordered your books Dance on the Wild Side and My Best Work is Done at the Office . It was quite a surprise to find .....well, ME in your book. (The picture proves I ve never exaggerated on the size of that Dolly. I always said it would have taken 2 big fishermen to lift that baby up.) When we skimmed through it we laughed till we had tears in our eyes then we took it along to Leigh's (she, her husband and their son live several miles from us) and she enjoyed it every bit as much. Those memories are priceless. I've since read Dance on the Wild Side from cover to cover and I must say I am impressed. Your talent for capturing a reader equals your skill of guiding and enlightening outsiders to wilderness treasures. I'm glad you have the same fond memories of us as we do you! We look forward to reading all your books. You can see Leanie's picture on page 280, in Dance on the Wild Side. RC --Your PA Nemesis! Leanie Hitz

Dance on the Wild Side is terrific reading, part true life adventure, part inspiration, and part blueprint for a life worth living. - --The Midwest Book Review

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