Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
Nonfiction by Rick Bass Houghton Mifflin (Hardcover, $22.00, ISBN: 0395926181, 6/2000); Large Print Edition by G.K. Hall (Hardcover, $28.95, ISBN: 0786231025, 3/2021); Mariner (Hardcover, $10.00, ISBN: 0618127364, 6/2001) Colter was the runt of the litter, and Rick Bass took him only because nobody else would. Soon, though, Bass realized he had a raging genius on his hands, and he raided his daughters' college fund to send Colter to the best schools. Colter could be a champion, Rick was told, but he'd have to be broken, slowed down. Rick "could no more imagine a slowing-down Colter than a slow-motion bolt of lightning in the sky," and instead of breaking Colter he followed him. Colter led him into new territory, an unexplored land where he felt more alive, more intimately connected to the world, than he'd ever been before. In the course of telling us Colter's story, Rick Bass also tells us of his childhood fascination with snapping turtles and dirt, and of the other animals―including people―that have shaped his life. Colter is an interspecies love story that vividly captures the relationship between humans and dogs. Like all of Bass's work, it is passionate, poetic, and original.