Read: Off to the Side


You are going to want to own this book. A memoir. My suggestion is to get the hardcover from the library, take your time, read it then return it. Then buy a stack of softcovers and keep them in your car. When you find someone you find interesting, perhaps someone who isn’t on social media, someone who thinks, someone who likes the outdoors, humor, good writing and a life worth living then give them a copy. I do this with several other books, and I think I’m going to add this book to my trunk.

I was going to relay a few of the books high points, but there were so many I just gave up. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction and screenplays. You have probably seen, read or experienced Jim Harrison, but “Off to the Side” will give you, in the author’s words, the story of his life. It’s a good one.

10 Comments on “Read: Off to the Side”

  1. I’ve been looking for something to read. I’ll give this one a try since you’re giving it such a strong recommendation.

    1. Tobin,
      He reminds me of my father. And I grew up hunting, fishing and thinking about writing, so it’s a good fit. And it’s funny.

  2. Due to his recent passing, I’ve engaged that this will be my “Summer of Harrison” (I had a Summer of (Mickey) Spillane and a Summer of (James M.) Cain in the past). I have this book, bought it a long time ago, not sure if I ever actually read it, though. I will this summer. I’ve just finished Jim’s short story, “Revenge”, and his novella, “The Beast That Time Forgot.” Onward ho!

    1. Mark,
      I’ve seen the movie Revenge, which has an FJ40 crossing rivers, so right up my alley, but want to read the novella. I might be having a “Jim summer” as well.

  3. Daniel,

    Jim Harrison is my favorite author and a longtime hero of mine. If I had to pick my favoritesI would lean towards ‘The Road Home’, ‘Dalva’ and ‘True North’ for his fiction. He also has a great book of essays called ‘Just Before Dark.’ All terrific stuff. Enjoy!

    1. Christopher,

      I just picked up Legends of the Fall. Another plane ride tomorrow……I’ll check out your suggestions. Thank you!

  4. I’m really enjoying the Read section on your website. It’s a great place to get new reading material that I otherwise would have completely overlooked.

    1. Sean,
      Was at Look3, connect with a photographer who I hadn’t seen in 15 years. Her husband…..published Jim Harrison. Such a small world. I was giddy.

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