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Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society Paperback – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0917788666 ISBN-10: 0917788664

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gnomon Press (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917788664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917788666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...curiously in tune with the ideals of our young environmentalists, yet practical and competent....As pretty a little book as I have seen in years....
Barry Bingham, Sr., Louisville Courier Journal --Louisville Courier Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Great sequel to their "Shanny Boat" story.
Bonny Ruhland
I believe their deep love for each other and for their way of life aided them in living long, prosperous lives.
Science Teacher
Forty years later, I still remember them with great fondness.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book about life outside of normal hustle and bustle of modern life. Harlan and his wife, Anna, lived in Payne Hollow, and spent their time living from the land and with the land. They built their home, tended their garden, fished the river, and lived their lives there. It is in some ways a beautiful love story that reminded me of what it would be like to be a castaway on a desert island. But in this case, one is castaway in the hills of Kentucky, on the Ohio river.
The book is really a journal of their lives there, and when reading it, one feels how simple yet full lives their lives were. From Harlan's rising early in the winter mornings to tend the goats, to the early passages about working by lantern light on simple tasks, to the way he wrote about the seasonal rhythms, I was taken with their story. I found that it was a tender book to read, and I found that the way they lived was so much more than the suburbanites. Harsher, perhaps, but more. The book has some sketches by Harlan, and some woodcuts. A great story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Roberts on June 15, 2012
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I met Harlan and Anna when I was barely 21 years old. My husband and I heard about this unique couple who were living an unconventional lifestyle on the banks of the Ohio River. We walked the several miles through the woods to meet them. From that initial visit, others followed. Anna always asked us to sit at their table and enjoy one of her wonderful meals. Usually, they would play music for us afterwards, Harlan on the violin and Anna on her piano. They were always so interested in what we were doing and kind to us. Forty years later, I still remember them with great fondness. They had a profound influence on my life, my way of thinking and my eventual move toward seeking my own creative path to personal freedom. Such beautiful dreams are rare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Beatty on February 22, 2012
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A fantastic story of a real life. Of a couple that eschews urban life and the technological advances of modern man, and makes their living the old-fashioned way--off the land. They live off the land entirely, completely. Season in, season out, they use the river, their forests and open spaces, their garden and rotating herd of goats, to sustain themselves. They build from it, eat from it, sing and dance on it, thrive from it. The earth provides everything they need, and they are real homesteaders.

Harlan's words are invigorating. His tangents are enlightening, even inspiring. Reading this simple yet poetic book helped reopen my own eyes, once again, to the many things I *want* to be doing better, and can. I love his drawings and want to sketch more. His handyman skills--he can do anything. The couple's gardening prowess is unmatched--I want my own garden to thrive bigger and better this year than ever.

Harland Hubbard's journal of life at Payne Hollow is a beautiful, must-read account that may take you back a decade or century or two, and inspire you to harken back to the older, tried and true ways of human life on earth.

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Some of Harlan Hubbard's variegated tidbits of wisdom:

"One forgets, even in a brief interval indoors, what it is like outside in the life-giving winter air. You must rise to meet it. You are inspired by earth and sky, seen so many times, yet ever new and unknown." (80)

"I rejoiced that I could live so completely in nature." (81)

"one cannot cling to what is past. The present moment is too urgent." (98)

"The gardener harvests much that was never planted." (108)

"Should not all who eat meat be willing to do their own butchering?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Squibob on October 31, 2010
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This is an excellent book. It is very accurate as to how many people lived at that time. It should be read by anyone that is thinking about adopting a self sufficient life style.

Mr. Hubbard is a "wordsmith" and writes in an excellent manner with vivid descriptions and a little philosophy thrown in.

You might also want to read "Shantyboat Journal," a history of their trip down the Ohio and the Mississippi in a shantyboat of thier own design and building.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Great Ideas Guy on December 16, 2008
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Harlan Hubbard continues his life story from Shantyboat. In Payne Hollow, you will read of 30 plus years of living by his own methods and means. This is Hubbard's version of Thoreau's Walden. A great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bakerds on September 18, 2012
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My father wanted to read the Harlan Hubbard book, Payne Hollow, primarily because he owns property just across the Ohio River on the Indiana side, and the Hubbard's way of life has become local legend. He seldom reads for pleasure, but couldn't put this little book down, and it has already been passed among several family members, including me. The life that Harlan and Anna lived is especially appealing in today's world, where the joy of living has been replaced with the job of living. The Hubbard's simple story remind us that you really can fall-off-the-grid, and find peace and satisfaction in just being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lamb on May 5, 2013
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A good companion to Shantyboat by the same author. A good example of the on going American spirit for independence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl K Land on April 22, 2013
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very intersting look into hubbards life after his travles. if you are a hubbard fan its a must. 2 more words required
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