The Traveling Feast

The Traveling Feast

On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes

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.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Literary Criticism / Books & Reading

On Sale: June 5th 2018

Price: $14.99

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780316381192

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"What a remarkable gift to sit beside Rick Bass as he visits some of his literary mentors. This is a book that will make you hungry for homemade food, lovingly prepared even if sometimes burnt, and conversations with old friends about things that matter: what we lose, what we struggle to keep, and what we will leave behind when we're gone."—Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club
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
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
"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
"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
"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