And Now We Shall Do Manly Things
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And Now We Shall Do Manly Things

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Craig Heimbuch was in his early thirties when he received a gift from his father - a 12-gauge Winchester over-under shotgun. Craig had never even thought of owning a gun, but the gift got him thinking; the men in his Midwestern family were enthusiastic hunters, and he, the black sheep so to speak, was possibly the only one never to have taken an animal. For most of his life, he was quite comfortable with that, but now that he had a shotgun, Craig figured he may as well try it out and in so doing, both explore the meaning of manhood and get closer to his Midwestern dad. So Craig committed to overcoming his domesticated suburban lifestyle by diving headfirst into hunting culture for a year, with the ambition of [successfully] participating in the annual Heimbuch family pheasant hunt. He would learn what putting food on the table used to entail, what it means to be a man in America, and, perhaps most importantly, better understand his family legacy. In the tradition of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" and A.J.
Jacobs's "The Know-It-All", Heimbuch's "And Now We Shall Do Manly Things" takes a wry look at some of our most deeply-cherished cultural beliefs and encourages men to reassess their definitions of manhood. During his journey he discovers it is possible to be an active father, loving spouse, and hunter, without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 006219786X
  • 9780062197863
  • 2,207,462

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In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods and A. J. Jacobs's The Know-It-All, Craig J. Heimbuch takes a wry look at some of our most deeply cherished cultural beliefs

Craig J. Heimbuch had never even thought of owning a gun when, in his early thirties, he was given a twelve-gauge Winchester over-under shotgun by his father. The black sheep, so to speak, of his Midwestern family, Craig was possibly the only male Heimbuch never to have taken an animal. But now that he had a shotgun, he figured he might as well try it out, and in so doing, explore the meaning of manhood while getting closer to his hunting-enthusiast dad.

And Now We Shall Do Manly Things is the witty, moving, and insightful story of one man's quest to free himself from the shackles of his domesticated suburban lifestyle by immersing himself for one year in the hunting culture his family has always cherished. Along the way Heimbuch learns what putting food on the table once entailed and what it means to be a man in America--and discovers that it's possible to be a committed father, a loving spouse, and a hunter without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic.
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"Entertaining seriocomic search for selfhood ... well-illustrated lessons about the unexpected benefits of stepping outside comfortable workaday routines to get a clearer perspective on one's potential as a human being." -- Kirkus Reviews "Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, and always well-paced adventures." -- Publishers Weekly "A hilarious perspective on the culture of American hunting which would make Bill Bryson proud ... enjoyable to hunting enthusiasts and those who have never ventured off the paved path." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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About Craig J. Heimbuch

Craig j. Heimbuch is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently online editorial content strategist for BBDO/Proximity WorldWide, providing strategic direction for editorial content websites around the world.
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