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The author relates her experiences establishing a home in the northern wilderness of Minnesota
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An inspiring tale of a couple's struggle to live near nature
Helen Hoover and her husband, Adrian, were trailblazers in the American back-to-the-land movement. Well ensconced in their professional lives in Chicago, they made the decision to follow their dream of a simple existence, pulling up their stakes and plunging into the wilds of northern Minnesota.
A Place in the Woods, first published in 1969, describes how the Hoovers gradually adapted to the rigors of wilderness survival. This book relates events that occurred prior to those Hoover writes about in her bestselling Gift of the Deer. This is a tale of starting out, of the pitfalls of beginning a new life—one punctuated by near disasters but also by moments of rare beauty.
A Place in the Woods is enlivened by warm, humorous anecdotes showing both the struggle and reward involved in joining this small community of rabbits, deer, and distant neighbors. This volume, now available in paperback for the first time, conveys the special joy of each small victory in the wilderness.
"Helen Hoover is one of those rare writers who can describe the natural world warmly, intimately, and affectionately without being in the least sentimental or childish. A lot of north woods writing is in the boys' adventure story vein, telling of a romantic land in which the sunsets are always glorious, the wolves are always howling, and nobody ever heard of black flies or mosquitoes. Helen Hoover offers a grown-up's version of the same world; not surprisingly, it lingers longer in the memory." Paul Gruchow, author of Journal of a Prairie Year and Boundary Waters: The Grace of the WildAbout the Author:
Hoover worked as a chemist before moving to Minnesota. in 1954.
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