A PLACE IN THE WOODS

A PLACE IN THE WOODS

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by Helen Hoover
     
 

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To escape the city, to live close to nature in the beauty and quiet of the wilderness, to try to find within oneself a pioneer resourcefulness of spirit, mind, and hand—it is an almost universal dream. Helen Hoover and her husband made it come true for themselves, and this is the richly told story of how they did it.
 
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To escape the city, to live close to nature in the beauty and quiet of the wilderness, to try to find within oneself a pioneer resourcefulness of spirit, mind, and hand—it is an almost universal dream. Helen Hoover and her husband made it come true for themselves, and this is the richly told story of how they did it.
 
As she demonstrated in The Gift of the Deer—a book greatly loved and praised—Mrs. Hoover has the gift of sharing with her readers her own profound feeling for the wilderness she has made her home and for the wild animals whom she makes her friends, without destroying the integrity of their wild lives.
 
But she was not always so at ease with nature. And she tells here how she and her husband, leaving behind everything that was familiar to them, bridged the infinite distance in life-style from Chicago, where they had lived, to a cabin home on the fringe of Minnesota’s northernmost wilderness.
 
Neither of them had so much as a Cub Scout’s experience of the woods, and their first year was punctuated with near-disasters. They quickly discovered that a long-time desire for the simple Thoreauvian life was not enough. The obstinance of inanimate objects—the crumbling stone foundation, the leaky roof, the unruly double-bitted ax that must be mastered when you depend on a woodburning stove at thirty below—was new to them. The changing seasons astonished the not only with surprising loveliness but with unexpected crises of survival. But they managed, despite their trials, to rebuild their primitive cabin. And, as they worked and learned, they built for themselves, little by little, a rewarding relationship not only with the sparsely settled community but with a marvelous succession of their closest neighbors: wild weasels and jays, squirrels and shy fishers, even bears in the basement.
 
The reader experiences it all, the hardships and joys, the gradual feeling of becoming connected to earth and elements, of belonging. The is the special delight of Helen Hoover’s warm, evocative, and sometimes extremely funny account of the way in which two city people made for themselves A Place in the Woods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307831446
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
458,159
File size:
4 MB

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Place in the Woods 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Wheezercat More than 1 year ago
I read this years ago, and lost my copy after lending it to a friend. I've been looking for another copy for years and was SO glad to find this here. I'm looking forward to reading this again when I finish the book I'm reading now.
kmtnd More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago, and fell in love with the views of leaving the city and moving to northern Minnesota. Helen's description of the animals and people she encounters are at times fun, at others scary, but most of all captivating. I was happy to see the ebook version available now, and I am happy to return to the adventures she describes with her husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helen Hoover in a very beautiful and simplistic way allows the reader to come along with her, and her husband adrian as they establish their new life in the woods. We share in their joy of discovery, their interactions with the animals they share the woods with, and the hardships they encounter along the way. This is a true story which lifts the spirit and warms the heart of all who are lucky enough to read this book.