Friend's Email: Subject:I have found a book that I think you would enjoy
Letters from Side Lake: A Chronicle of Life in the North Woods
Letters from Side Lake A Chronicle of Life in the North Woods Author:Peter M. Leschak It takes character to live in the sparsely populated, boggy North Woods wilderness of Minnesota, where the snows come in October, and winter temperatures dip to -50 F, where a sure sign of spring is an insect-splattered windshield. Leschak and his wife built a log cabin on their 40 acres of logged-over land, clearing stumps by hand. Here he give... more »s an engaging and affectionate portrait of friendly isolation in the township of Side Lake (by comparison, Lake Wobegon is a metropolis). He writes about the limits of self-reliance, noting that wood heat is de rigueur, calling for a chain saw. He conjures up a mouth-watering, ideal blueberry patch, goes hiking on an abandoned trail, attempts white-water canoeing in flood stage. Other topics include the local volunteer fire company, moose hunting, saunas, firewood rustlers, social hours at the tavern, the pleasure of watching sunsets. Readers will be captivated by Side Lake.
This book of essays begins with the author in the big city, but he soon finds himself returning to the sparsely settled northern Minnesota backwoods he'd sought to escape. He and his new wife clear land for a log cabin; disdaining any kind of log-house kit, they rely on "rough and sundry native logs." The reader is taken on adventures that include a moose hunt, a wild canoe ride down a swollen springtime river, and a late-night fire with the local volunteer fire department. Leschak is part philosopher, part nature writer, and part hell-raiser, so each entry in this delightful book is a treat. Every word rings with the sincerity of a life richly and fully lived. Anyone who has ever dreamed of forsaking the impersonality and hubbub of modern living will revel in Leschak's stories.« less