Published in New York by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2002. First Edition is stated on copyright page along with number sequence "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1." This copy is a SIGNED Limited (#147 of 250) Edition. Book fine. Book comes with original slip cover. No DJ as issued. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The critically acclaimed novelist and poet shares the story of his own life in an intriguing memoir that chronicles growing up in Michigan during the Depression and Second World War, his love of literature, his career as a screenwriter and author, and the obsessions that have shaped his life. 65,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Review: Rarely does one encounter a memoir so filled with the details of a life lived. Whether recalling bits of his past as a depressed child, manual laborer, Hollywood screenwriter, aspiring poet, novelist, or alcoholic husband, Jim Harrison pauses to analyze these moments--the cause and effect--and the choices that have made him who he is. Loosely divided into chapters, Off to the Side is somewhat rambling, and Harrison's opinions and conclusions occasionally remain obscure ("nearly everything you hear about Mexicans in the great north is utterly untrue")--but, to the benefit of readers, Harrison is never at a loss for ideas.
The solace Harrison finds in the natural world is most compelling, and it could be said he, too, shares Frost's "lover's quarrel with the world." After losing an eye at an early age and sinking into melancholy, Harrison's father advised that "curiosity will get you through hard times when nothing else will. Your curiosity had to be strong enough to lift you out of your self-sunken mudbath, the violent mixture of hormones, injuries, melancholy, and dreams of a future you not only couldn't touch but could scarcely see." These words were not lost on Harrison. With "no expertise outside of [his] own imagination" Harrison plays to his strengths in Off to the Side by setting down the events, experiences, thoughts, and feelings that have shaped his quite literate, truly American life. --Michael Ferch
Title: Off to the Side
Publisher: NY: Atlantic Press, 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Pr, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Signed. First Edition. Copy number 153 of 250, signed by the author. Slipcase shows minor fading. Cover is near pristine (no dust jacket, as issued). Stated first. Seller Inventory # mon0001728013
Book Description Atlantic Monthly, New York, 2002. First edition. Hardcover. 313 pages. Limited edition of 250 specially bound numbered copies. Harrison's first attempt at a large scale memoir. While much of his non-fiction work in the past has involved his experiences as a fisherman, hunter or gourmand this is his first cohesive look back at his life. A powerful book from the author of "Legends of the Fall." A very near fine copy in a very near fine cloth slipcase. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by Harrison on the limitation page and additionally warmly inscribed by him as well. Uncommon thus. Seller Inventory # 155815
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First Edition/First Printing. 288 pages. Special limited numbered hardcover edition. One of 250 copies SIGNED by the author. Book will be wrapped & shipped with care. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1502559738690
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0871138638
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Pr. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0871138638 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear, a missing dust jacket, and a remainder mark to one edge - still NICE. Seller Inventory # Z0871138638Z3