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About D. Dauphinee
Dee is an American author of novels, biographies, and essays. His writing has gained a following with readers interested in the out-of-doors, history, travel, human interest, fly fishing, and the construction of essays.
Born with wanderlust in Bangor, Maine, once old enough, he hit the road west with a guitar, one duffle bag, a light nylon parka and (according to the journal from that year) eighty-seven dollars. A photographer, a farmer, a fishing & mountaineering guide, a semi-pro wide receiver, and trained as a surgical first-assistant, for more than twenty years, he was "in the right places at the right times." He found whatever devices he could to travel the world. Photography and mountaineering were the keys.
Living in Jackson, Wyoming in the 1980s was Heaven, he recalls...he was climbing or fly fishing every second he could. Eventually, he learned that being only an average photographer, if he was willing to crawl on his belly for a mile in the mud, or not be adverse to being in harm's way to get an image, photography might take him places. It did; to places like El Salvador, Peru, the Arctic, Honduras, Europe, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Ecuador, Jordan, the UK, Panama, and many places in between.
No matter what he was doing, or where he was going, he was always in the company of a book, a journal, and a fly rod. When he wasn't taking pictures or interviewing people, he rigged-up his old Sage fly rod and fished every watery ditch that might hold fish. Now he writes about those experiences.
Dee has had four books published; "Stoneflies & Turtleheads," a collection of fly fishing essays from Maine and around the world, "The River Home," a novel, and "Highlanders Without Kilts," a "poignant telling of a storied Canadian battalion's odyssey during the Great War." --Alan Cameron, Founding CEO & Producer, Veterans Voices of Canada. "When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian trail," was released by Rowman & Littlefield on June 1st, 2019.
He is currently working on another novel, and a beginner's guide to fly casting.
Dee lives in Bradley, Maine, with his wife and two children, who all hike and fish.
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When Geraldine “Gerry” Largay (AT trail name, Inchworm) first went missing on the Appalachian Trail in remote western Maine in 2013, the people of Maine were wrought with concern. When she was not found, the family, the wardens, and the Navy personnel who searched for her were devastated. The Maine Warden Service continued to follow leads for more than a year. They never completely gave up the search. Two years after her disappearance, her bones and scattered possessions were found by chance by two surveyors. She was on the U.S. Navy’s SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School land, about 2,100 feet from the Appalachian Trail.
This book tells the story of events preceding Geraldine Largay’s vanishing in July 2013, while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, what caused her to go astray, and the massive search and rescue operation that followed. Her disappearance sparked the largest lost-person search in Maine history, which culminated in her being presumed dead. She was never again seen alive. The author was one of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for her. Gerry’s story is one of heartbreak, most assuredly, but is also one of perseverance, determination, and faith. For her family and the searchers, especially the Maine Warden Service, it is also a story of grave sorrow.
Marrying the joys and hardship of life in the outdoors, as well as exploring the search & rescue community, When You Find My Body examines dying with grace and dignity. There are lessons in the story, both large and small. Lessons that may well save lives in the future.
In 1917, the world was embroiled in a terrible war, the likes of which had never been seen nor imagined. Canada, still a dominion of Great Britain, was early in the fight and sent seven-and-a half percent of its population to fight for King and Country, ultimately contributing a force of more than 600,000 soldiers, nurses and chaplains.
In April of that year, the entire Canadian Expeditionary Force, fighting together for the first time, battled their way to the top of Vimy Ridge in northern France.
In December, the city of Halifax was rocked by a devastating accidental explosion that caused 9000 casualties.
Highlanders Without Kilts is the story of one Nova Scotia battalion’s odyssey, and one family’s dreadful loss. From the unspeakable death and destruction came a nation’s altered sense of self and a newborn path to its future.
After an unspeakable tragedy, Annie and Ben explore the dynamics of an unlikely relationship. Annie must discover her own destiny while coming to grips with her untold dreams, and with her conflicting commitment to helping on the family farm, all the while fishing for the salmon and trout that are native to the cold, clear waters in the mountain streams. There are life lessons within the pages, and there is even a little fly fishing.
Stoneflies and Turtleheads is a collection of essays in which, for better or worse, Dee has explained away his lifelong obsession with fly fishing, all while attempting to touch on the sheer beauty of a proper roll cast, of the excitement of a rise, of the love of fishing for a wide variety of fish, of the dedication to the selfishness required in a life of adventure and of the simple romance and poetry of fly fishing.