"Bracing, beautiful and profoundly heart-felt." -- Boston Globe.
"Meditative and restorative." -- The New York Times.
"Uplifting. A journey into one man's heart." -- NY Journal of Books
"CABIN belongs on your bookshelf, whether in the city or the country." -- Boston Book Bums. "Two other cabin dwellers who wrote classic books - Henry David Thoreau and Louise Dickinson Rich - have a worthy successor in Lou Ureneck. Like them, he took to the woods to live deliberately. Like them, his cabin stands as a kind of metaphor for a life." -- Chet Raymo
“Terrific . . . bracing, beautiful, and profoundly heart-felt . . . Ureneck has an immensely observant eye for the richness of nature.” -The Boston Globe
"An exceptional book . . . Ureneck succeeds in delivering an almost tangible experience of escape…Ureneck strikes a pitch-perfect balance in relating the construction of a cabin and the changes going on in his life . . . as close as a book could come to really capturing that feeling of going to the woods to live deliberately.” -The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Beautifully written . . . a multilayered memoir laced with rich veins of natural history . . . Ureneck shows a gift for emotional exploration and unflinching remembrance…he is a keen observer, blessed and cursed with extraordinary recall and sensitivity.” -The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Like a shelter magazine with soul . . . Ureneck’s account is enriched by pleasing vignettes and family history.” -The New York Times
“A book to be savored and absorbed, piece by piece . . . Ureneck is a thinking man’s outdoor writer . . . his words are chosen precisely, a clear product of careful contemplation about the task at hand and the point he is trying to make . . . [An] ultimately uplifting book about the ability of people to face challenges and make worthwhile changes, and the restorative powers that magically exist, waiting to be harnessed, deep in the Maine woods.” -The Bangor Daily News
“Graceful . . . an inspiring literary construction that lovingly illuminates the depth of family bonds and the character and culture of the New England countryside.” -National Geographic Traveler
“Ureneck takes advantage of the memoir’s flexible form to dip into his past, both distant and recent, which gives the story a rich texture. Ureneck is a sensitive narrator, somewhat wounded by life, and this sensitivity is a strength of the book.” -Down East Magazine
About the Author
is a journalism professor at Boston University and a former newspaper editor at the Portland Press Herald
in Maine and the Philadelphia Inquirer
. His first book, Backcast: Fatherhood, Fly- fishing, and a River Journey Through the Heart of Alaska,
received the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Boston and near Bethel, Maine.