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Oil Notes

(2012)
A non fiction book by

 
Oil Notes is about the excitement of the earth below us, the passing of time, and oil: where it is trapped, how it is discovered, and its gradual disappearance. Writing in the form of a journal, Rick Bass brings a lyric imagination to the oil geologist's craft, measuring people's short lives and relationships against the seemingly immutable history of the earth, showing mountains and forests that do not move while we are free to race across them, living our lives in the ultimate freedom of speed. To dig for oil is a way to dig deep into human experience, a kind of subterranean exploration of self. And nothing escapes this writer's eye or imagination.

In lean, considered prose, Bass's essays and notes offer fascinating insights into the oil industry while skillfully painting the picture of a young man on the verge of adulthood. Oil Notes successfully conveys the excitement of possibility - a stimulating career, the pursuit of a wonderful woman, the beautiful mystery of the earth - that so addresses and captivates us in our own lives.

Bass provides a new introduction for this edition reflecting how much - and how little - has changed since his youth in the oil industry.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1989 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-00-215609-1 / 978-0-00-215609-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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November 1988 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-395-48675-0 / 978-0-395-48675-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orion Hardbacks
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-8032-4040-6 / 978-0-8032-4040-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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October 1995 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-87074-383-X / 978-0-87074-383-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dallas TX s-132 Southern Methodist Univ. 1995.
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Oil Notes (Flamingo)
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-00-654418-5 / 978-0-00-654418-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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May 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-395-53844-0 / 978-0-395-53844-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orion Hardbacks
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Audio Editions

August 1990 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Oil Notes
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 1-55994-204-5 / 978-1-55994-204-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Caedmon Audio Cassette
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