Fiction writer Roorbach's first collection of personal essays, Summers with Juliet, traced his courtship of his wife and ended with their wedding. Into Woods continues their story, moving from the honeymoon to university teaching to settling in Maine. Roorbach's writing continues to be that freewheeling mixture of nature writing, personal detail, humor, philosophy, and social commentary that makes his personal essays unique. His self-deprecating humor is especially evident in "Honeymoon," an essay describing the couple's time in France, where his landlords, a farm family, love Juliet but snub her idle writer husband. The strain on the family caused by moving for jobs is a theme of the final essay, "My Life as a Move," in which the author describes giving up "probably the best creative writing job in America" to pursue a dream, find a home, and raise the couple's child. Roorbach won the 2001 Flannery O'Connor Award in short fiction for Big Bend: Stories. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. Nancy P. Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.