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Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods
     

Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods

by Thomas Crowe, Christopher Camuto
 

ISBN-10: 0820328626

ISBN-13: 9780820328621

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is Crowe’s chronicle of that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income. It is a Walden for today, paced to nature’s

Overview

After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is Crowe’s chronicle of that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income. It is a Walden for today, paced to nature’s rhythms and cycles and filled with a wisdom one gains only through the pursuit of a consciously simple, spiritual, environmentally responsible life.

Crowe made his home in a small cabin he had helped to build years before—at a restless age when he could not have imagined that the place would one day call him back. The cabin sat on what was once the farm of an old mountain man named Zoro Guice. As we absorb Crowe’s sharp observations on southern Appalachian natural history, we also come to know Zoro and the other singular folk who showed Crowe the mountain ways that would see him through those four years.

Crowe writes of many things: digging a root cellar, being a good listener, gathering wood, living in the moment, tending a mountain garden. He explores profound questions on wilderness, self-sufficiency, urban growth, and ecological overload. Yet we are never burdened by their weight but rather enriched by his thoughtfulness and delighted by his storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820328621
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,320,009
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
Returning1
Solitude8
Sun Time17
The Wild Work23
Johnson's Pond29
Tools36
Gathering Wood44
Digging a Root Cellar52
A Mountain Garden60
The Pacifist and the Hunter78
Fishing85
Homebrew93
Bees99
Neighbors110
Connemara119
New Native125
Cherokee139
The New Naturalists154
Animal Stories166
Snowed In179
A Walk in the Woods186
Earthquake194
When Legends Die202
Afterword210
Credits219
About the Author221

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