Bearin’s (bâr'ĭns)—When you’re on the water, the act of figuring out where you are and what’s going on is known as “getting your bearings.” The same applies to life itself. In the Northeast, we often don’t fuss around with the letter “g” at the ends of our words. Therefore, “Bearin’s”—which has been the name of a column in Commercial Fisheries News for over 20 years.
This is an author-selected sampling of those columns, the best of his unique blend of humor, wry observations, and personal reflections on life. While originally written for a fishing audience, Brian Robbins’ columns encompass characters, situations, and themes bound to resonate with all readers. He'll make you laugh, maybe even shed a tear, and definitely leave you wanting more.
What People are Saying:
“I never read the columns, not being a subscriber to Commercial Fisheries - I am not a fisherman, in fact I am death to a fishing expedition. But I have enjoyed Bearin's simply as a book. Although each chapter is as tasty and ripe as a Maine September apple, taken together the book is more like a find of June raspberries - each one demands the next. Brian Robbins relaxed but distinctive voice consistently delivers character over caricature, affection without sentiment, timeless themes set firmly in present time, with the expected and the unexpected delivered with equal aplomb. In every chapter, there is a sense of place so vivid it goes beyond mere observation into sheer love. If you want to feel the Maine fishing community, get your Bearin's.”—By T.M., Scarboough, ME
“I invite you to put your hand on the cover of this book, close your eyes and see if you can feel its heart beating. If you do, then try laughing a bit, too. Now you’re in the spirit of Brian Robbins, telling his tales that will make you laugh so hard you’ll have to lay down on the couch, but eventually he’ll also get you right where it counts as you feel his spirit in the depths of your heart.”
—Randy Olson, Ph.D. (a.k.a. “Doc Urchin”); scientist-turned-filmmaker; author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
“Brian Robbins’ tales are hysterically accurate, showing great humor in the mishaps and misadventures of dockside denizens.”
—Crash Barry; author of Sex, Drugs and Blueberries and Matinicus: True Stories from Maine’s Toughest Island