Woodswoman: Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140153347
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 325,816
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1. No Home
2. At Home
3. Season of Splendors
4. Among My Closest Friends
5. Inca—Mapuche—Pitzi
6. Becoming a Woodswoman
7. Becoming an Adirondack Guide
8. My First Winter (Or How to Be Lonely without Even Trying)
9. Winter Today
10. The Breakup
11. Spring
12. Summer
13. Human Visitors
14. Animal Visitors
15. A Man around the Cabin
16. The Adirondack Division
17. My Backyard
18. Survival
19. Alaska versus the Adirondacks
20. Cabin versus City Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2001

    Wonderful Writer

    I really enjoyed this book. Although it was written in or around the time I was born,it appears to be timeless (for now). I found the book very educational and exciting, a kind of vacation in a book. The book was written before recycling and before science linked aluminum to alzhemiers. Overall, the book was very well written and a very interesting read, but there are many contradictions apparent such as her conflicting views of land ownership, she is very assertive about what is 'hers' and what is 'ours'. She pats herself on the back an awful lot which is somewhat trying at times especially when she explains how she did certain things 'all by herself' and then proceeds to explain about how much assistance she received all the while reaffirming that she did it 'all herself'. It is basically a book about someone who seems to have something to prove, and in the end she proves that she loves the wild and has a genuine interest in conservation. Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar!

    Having just completed a backpacking course, I was intrigued by the title at my local B&N. I was so enthralled by this female naturalist and her empowering words that I immediately ordered two more of her books (see below) and just ordered a fourth, Jaguar Totem. Woodswoman is a description of Anne's initial solo trek into the wilderness of New York following a divorce.She builds a cabin with some help from friends, and begins a new life there. Although she has practical and intellectual knowledge beyond most of us, her enthusiasm and courage is still inspiring to me. One doesn't have to live in the Adirondacks to learn from Anne LaBastille's words. She admonishes us to remember the natural world and put ourselves in perspective - sharing the earth with all other living things, the air, the water, and the land itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Very disappointing.

    The book has some nice descriptions of wildlife, but the main character just 'uses' nature for what she gets from it. What does she return for nature's bounties? She speaks highly of the exciting and fullfilling life of logging, glorifies the guides who's main purpose is finding good prey for hunters, only cuts the 'dead' trees on her property, clears brush, enjoys her dog chasing the wildlife, extols the virtues of snowmobiles and the advice of the patrolman to 'do our riding in the woods where the only things that could get hurt were the trees', and even justifies trapping, helping one trapper set his traps with the excuse that beavers were 'everywhere in the mountains'. She does not really live alone, as the subtitle suggests. There are others who also live on the lake and she leans heavily on other people. She holds many parties, goes to town quite often, and has many weekend friends. This book is definitely not recommended as embodying good conservation practices.

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