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Woodswoman: Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness
Woodswoman Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness
Author: Anne LaBastille
Many have dreamed of building a cabin in the wilderness and living there alone in the solitude of a region that is far from civilization. Here is the unusual story of a young wildlife ecologist who has done just that. When her marriage ended in divorce, Anne LaBastille bought twenty-two acres of virgin forest on a lonely lake in New York State&#...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780140153347
ISBN-10: 0140153349
Publication Date: 10/11/1991
Pages: 288
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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I had high hopes for this book when I requested it. Being someone who loves the outdoors and enjoys any tale about someone going out on their own and living in the wilderness, I couldn't wait to read about a fellow WOMAN doing it. How great a story this would be to read! Not. Though I commend the author for going out into the Adirondacks and building her own cabin and living in the wilderness alone, I cannot commend her writing style. It was slow, pedantic, and boring. I kept reading trying to get into things, but could never work up the interest. This was more of a personal journal than an interesting story for others to read. This is definitely not a page-turner that will keep you interested and reading until you've reached the final page. I finally gave up and moved on to other works. This is not normal for me as I will read most any book I pick up from cover to cover (including any and all pages inbetween), so that should tell you something.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Thought this book was very interesting. Wish I had the courage to live alone in the Adirondack Wilderness.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Four or five times every year, I put on my imaginary flannel shirt or polar jumpsuit, and pretend that I'm capable enough, strong enough, fit enough and brave enough to adventure beyond my city apartment doorway into the wilds of the northwoods or the arctic polar regions. This dream lifestyle lasts about 24 hours after I finish a book like Woodswoman, and then reality sets back in in the form of working plumbing, running water, Big Macs and trips to Borders.

I greatly admire people like Anne LaBastille, who decided after her divorce (circa 1960's) to move from her and her ex-husband's Adirondack resort hotel to a 22 acre plot of land in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness. With the help of 2 strong friends, she built her own log cabin on the shores of a lake, and proceeded to live there several decades there while pursuing her writing and environmental consulting career. She shared her life with a dog named Pitzi, and later with a man she loved (but ultimately couldn't leave the Adirondack's for when he asked her to).

Her story of life in the wilderness is a beautiful testiment of the desire of one woman to live life on her own terms. She realized that for her, life was best lived in an environment she loved and respected, and that to do otherwise wasn't an option at all. She was a candid writer, and didn't hesitate to point out all her failings as the non-perfect woodswoman. She made plenty of mistakes - some of which might have easily gotten her killed. She also seemed like a somewhat reserved person who enjoyed her friends, welcomed visitors, but didn't easily let people into her inner self.

I look forward to reading her other books in the "Woodswoman" series.

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  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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VERY easy read, would be good for a young girl (12-15?), inspiring story, but very simply written
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This was an enlightening look at the life of one woman who lived in a cabin in the Adirondack Mountains next to a lake following her divorce. This beautiful woman did most of the construction on her 12x12 cabin except for raising the walls and putting on the roof. She also had help with the plumbing and gas lines. She lived with no electricity, only propane tanks and kerosene lights. No bathroom as we know it, only an outhouse and then later a rigged up toilet inside. She had to enter and leave the cabin by boat and the closest town was miles away.
Anne LaBastille is a dedicated ecologist who loved nature and her cabin in the woods. To say that she 'found herself' in the wilderness is to reduce Anne's story to the most simple. Her life consisted of hard physical labor and loneliness, but this was the life she chose.
She built this first cabin around 1965, so in places the book is dated but still of great interest to those of us who feel a connection with nature. I give the book a 5 star rating not because of the writing itself but because of Anne's story which is an inspiration!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A great read about an exceptional woman.


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