Deep Enough for Ivorybills

Title Details

Pages: 208

Illustrations: 17 drawings

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 10/01/1995

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1760-1

List Price: $24.95

Deep Enough for Ivorybills

Skip to

  • Description
  • Reviews
Deep Enough for Ivorybills is a powerful, thoughtful collection of autobiographical writings about James Kilgo's hunting and fishing excursions in the woods, fields, and swamps of South Carolina and Georgia. Portraying a world both visceral and majestic, Deep Enough for Ivorybills establishes Kilgo not only in the sporting lineage of Robert Ruark and William Faulkner but also in the naturalist tradition of Annie Dillard and Loren Eisley.

Kilgo's powerful memoir does justice to the finest literature in the southern tradition. . . . The book is the late-coming-of-age journal of a mature man who, reviving his childhood fascination with the woods, projects himself back into the wild country as he reaches into his family's past to understand its relationship to the land he hunts. . . . It should be consumed in small portions, a chapter or less at a time, and savored by the moment.

New York Times Book Review

This is a book not just for hunters, birdwatchers, or naturalists. It's for everybody who senses, or perhaps remembers, that the woods have more to offer than a splotch of shade on a deck in the suburbs.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Throughout this small, taut book, Kilgo's feeling for the bottomland comes through in quiet, honest, and convincing language.

Outside Magazine

About the Author/Editor

JAMES KILGO (1941-2002) wrote extensively about nature, the landscape, and our connections to them. His books include Daughter of My People, Deep Enough for Ivorybills, and Colors of Africa (all Georgia).