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.
This is the first, and in my opinion, the best of Anne LaBastille's series about her compelling story of how she single-handedly met the challenge of living and thriving in the wilderness. In the mid-seventies Anne, a young ecologist built her own cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Woodswomen is the story of her wilderness experiences. If you enjoy the woods or wilderness you will enjoy her many trials and tribulations. If you are familiar with or have traveled in Adirondack Mountains of NY State you will especially enjoy the return through her story.
You may also be interested in Beyond Black Bear Lake, Anne LaBastille's continuation of her adventures in the wilderness.
I enjoyed this book very much. Being raised in the Adirondacks, I recognized & and been to many of the places the author talked about and recognized the loneliness, beauty and uniqeness of the area. It made me homesick and brought back many happy memories of an area cherished in my heart & soul.
You will shiver with cold as the author describes the winter wind freezing Black Bear Lake up as winter sets in, marvel at her ingeniusness as she builds her log cabin by herself, cry with her when someone brings her the pelt of her pet silver fox. It was a wonderful, descriptive look into life in the Adirondack Mountains and I look forward to reading her other books. Anne LaBastille sounds like a truly remarkable woman!
Following a divorce the author builds her own permanent cabin on 20 acres in the Adirondack mountains and relays her adventures of living in the wilderness.
Thought this book was very interesting. Wish I had the courage to live alone in the Adirondack Wilderness.