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A Handmade Wilderness [NOOK Book]

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In 1968, when Don Schueler and Willie Brown bought eighty acres in Mississippi, all they could afford was a piece of "least worst land." Moonshiners and poachers tried to scare them off, but Don and Willie stuck it out, restoring "The Place," bringing back the wildlife and plant life, until they had created a handmade wilderness containing every ecosystem found in the region.

A different sort of back-to-the-land story--as inspiring as Living the Good Life and as ...

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Overview

In 1968, when Don Schueler and Willie Brown bought eighty acres in Mississippi, all they could afford was a piece of "least worst land." Moonshiners and poachers tried to scare them off, but Don and Willie stuck it out, restoring "The Place," bringing back the wildlife and plant life, until they had created a handmade wilderness containing every ecosystem found in the region.

A different sort of back-to-the-land story--as inspiring as Living the Good Life and as entertaining as All Creatures Great and Small--this book, the adventures of two unlikely heroes who spent 25 years restoring the least worst land in Mississippi, will enthrall anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a place in the country.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A gay couple goes back to the land, eventually creating a nature reserve. (July)
Alice Joyce
Schueler and his partner purchased a bruised parcel of rural land, their goal to restore it to an ecologically balanced habitat for indigenous plant species and wildlife. Though his thoroughly engaging chronicle posits the dicey situation of a white man and a black man making a home in rural Mississippi in 1968, Schueler's account is replete with amusing anecdotes that illuminate a quarter-century of interactions with neighbors vastly different from themselves and the conscientious caretaking efforts they expended. The saga embraces hurricane Camille's destruction of a newly completed section of their house, and the fortitude that led them to build again, and the acquiring of a bevy of animals in the bargain. Sadly, his partner died of AIDS, but Schueler's decision to turn the property into a nature reserve is fitting tribute to the joyful fulfillment of a shared dream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544002913
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,304,863
  • File size: 953 KB

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I still remember the love I felt reading this book when it first

    I still remember the love I felt reading this book when it first came out. Don and Willie are unwitting heroes. Schueler writes so beautifully the book belongs on shelves everywhere!

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