Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Search for the Genuine

Nonfiction, 1970-2015

by Jim Harrison

The first general nonfiction title in thirty years from a giant of American letters, The Search for the Genuine is a sparkling, definitive collection of Jim Harrison’s essays and journalism—some never before published

  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Publication Date September 13, 2022
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5721-8
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $28.00
  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Publication Date September 13, 2022
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5723-2
  • US List Price $28.00

New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison (1937-2016) was a writer with a poet’s economy of style and trencherman’s appetites and ribald humor.

In The Search for the Genuine, a collection of new and previously published essays, the giant of letters muses on everything from grouse hunting fishing to Zen Buddhism and matters of the spirit, including reported pieces on Yellowstone and shark-tagging in the open ocean, commentary on writers from Bukowski to Neruda to Peter Matthiessen, and a heartbreaking essay on life — and, for those attempting to cross in the ever-more-dangerous gaps, death — on the US/Mexico border.

Written with Harrison’s trademark humor, compassion, and full-throated zest for life, this chronicle of a modern bon vivant is a feast for fans who may think they know Harrison’s nonfiction, from a true “American original” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Praise for The Search for the Genuine:

“Harrison may be gone, but his writing speaks to a force larger than life: it continues to teach and inform years later, which is all a writer could ever really dream of.” Literary Hub

“Endlessly charming . . . An essential installment in the Harrison canon.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Harrison devotees will eat this up.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Jim Harrison:

“Among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Harrison is truly one of those writers whose books are hard to put down.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“One of the few truly high-test males who’ve passed through the eye of the needle.”—Louise Erdich, Ms.

“[Harrison] can sweep a reader off her feet with his wordplay, even if he is just describing the weather.”—Bernadette Murphy, Los Angeles Times

“Extravagantly talented, critically adored, more famous than most literary novelists . . . Jim Harrison gave his life to [writing], and American literature is richer as a result.”—Gregory Cowles, New York Times Book Review