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Ecologist Anne LaBastille created the life that many people dream about. When she and her husband divorced, she needed a place to live. Through luck and perseverance, she found the ideal spot: a 20-acre parcel of land in the Adirondack mountains, where she built the cozy, primitive log cabin that became her permanent home. Miles from the nearest town, LaBastille had to depend on her wits, ingenuity, and the help of generous neighbors for her survival. In precise, poetic language, she chronicles her adventures on Black Bear Lake, capturing the power of the landscape, the rhythms of the changing seasons, and the beauty of nature’s many creatures. Most of all, she captures the struggle to balance her need for companionship and love with her desire for independence and solitude. Woodswoman is not simply a book about living in the wilderness, it is a book about living that contains a lesson for us all.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Anne LaBastille is an author, ecologist, and photographer. She is the author of numerous books, including the Woodswoman and Woodswoman III. LaBastille was also a very accomplished technical writer, having published over 150 articles. LaBastille died in 2011.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.