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A Thousand Deer

(2012)
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In November, countless families across Texas head out for the annual deer hunt, a ritual that spans generations, ethnicities, socioeconomics, and gender as perhaps no other cultural experience in the state. Rick Bass's family has returned to the same hardscrabble piece of land in the Hill Country - "the Deer Pasture" - for more than seventy-five years. In A Thousand Deer, Bass walks the Deer Pasture again in memory and stories, tallying up what hunting there has taught him about our need for wildness and wilderness, about cycles in nature and in the life of a family, and particularly about how important it is for children to live in the natural world.

The arc of A Thousand Deer spans from Bass's boyhood in the suburbs of Houston, where he searched for anything rank or fecund in the little oxbow swamps and pockets of woods along Buffalo Bayou, to his commitment to providing his children in Montana the same opportunity - a life afield - that his parents gave him in Texas. Inevitably this brings him back to the Deer Pasture and the passing of seasons and generations he has experienced there. Bass lyrically describes his own passage from young manhood, when the urge to hunt was something primal, to mature adulthood and the waning of the urge to take an animal, his commitment to the hunt evolving into a commitment to family and to the last wild places.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country (Ellen and Edward Randall Series)
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-292-73795-5 / 978-0-292-73795-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country (Ellen and Edward Randall)
Author(s): Rick Bass
ISBN: 0-292-75628-3 / 978-0-292-75628-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country (Ellen and Edward Randall)
Author(s): Rick Bass
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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