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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 25 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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reviewed Woodswoman: Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
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.
reviewed Woodswoman: Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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!
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Thought this book was very interesting. Wish I had the courage to live alone in the Adirondack Wilderness.
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reviewed Woodswoman: Young Ecologist Meets Challenge Living Alone Adirondack Wilderness on + 3 more book reviews
VERY easy read, would be good for a young girl (12-15?), inspiring story, but very simply written
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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!
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A great read about an exceptional woman.


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