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Here is a book by a woman who really does speak Tree, also Pear and Kale and Kankamangus Highway. Linda Tatelbaum is a thoughtful, funny, appealing writer who can build a house trebly once in a vision, once in fact, once in words who can think backwards and forwards on a trip that pivots on a conversation with Wendell Berry (he says, go home). Our trip, as it turns out, a mindblower in a Tatelbaum world, a magical place in which marriage does not mean knowing, in which giant corporations don t set the stakes, in which parents teach their final lessons, in which heaven does not mean perfection, but merely bliss. Every paragraph is a poem here, every essay an epic, every tree a prophet. Find a hammock under hemlocks or a seat by a fire of sweet maple logs, set the clock on slow, and let Linda take you home. --Bill Roorbach, author of Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey<br /><br />To study trees is to study me, Linda Tatelbaum confides at the beginning of this engaging book. But though she can speak tree, she mostly listens to trees who choose their words carefully, whether saving her from a potentially deadly misstep in a stream, helping her through childbirth, showing her God through their branches, or teaching her to adapt to their own destruction. Carrying Water as a Way of Life introduced the author as a serious homesteader. In this rich accounting, she wanders back and forth through her life, finding her mate and their place, building their home and raising their son, rediscovering a nature-based Judaism, honoring her aging parents, and surviving into a century in which she is transformed in popular understanding from hippie eccentric to a model modern professor in a wood-heated solar electric home. I will not forget her passion for canning, or her basement collection of gold coins, canning jar lids dated 9-11-2001. A quietly inspiring read. --Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life<br /><br />To study trees is to study me, Linda Tatelbaum confides at the beginning of this engaging book. But though she can speak tree, she mostly listens to trees who choose their words carefully, whether saving her from a potentially deadly misstep in a stream, helping her through childbirth, showing her God through their branches, or teaching her to adapt to their own destruction. Carrying Water as a Way of Life introduced the author as a serious homesteader. In this rich accounting, she wanders back and forth through her life, finding her mate and their place, building their home and raising their son, rediscovering a nature-based Judaism, honoring her aging parents, and surviving into a century in which she is transformed in popular understanding from hippie eccentric to a model modern professor in a wood-heated solar electric home. I will not forget her passion for canning, or her basement collection of gold coins, canning jar lids dated 9-11-2001. A quietly inspiring read. --Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life

To study trees is to study me, Linda Tatelbaum confides at the beginning of this engaging book. But though she can speak tree, she mostly listens to trees who choose their words carefully, whether saving her from a potentially deadly misstep in a stream, helping her through childbirth, showing her God through their branches, or teaching her to adapt to their own destruction. Carrying Water as a Way of Life introduced the author as a serious homesteader. In this rich accounting, she wanders back and forth through her life, finding her mate and their place, building their home and raising their son, rediscovering a nature-based Judaism, honoring her aging parents, and surviving into a century in which she is transformed in popular understanding from hippie eccentric to a model modern professor in a wood-heated solar electric home. I will not forget her passion for canning, or her basement collection of gold coins, canning jar lids dated 9-11-2001. A quietly inspiring read. --Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life

About the Author

Born in Rochester, New York in 1947, Linda Tatelbaum lives in midcoast Maine with her husband; they have a grown son. A Ph.D. from Cornell University, she left academia to become a back-to-the-land homesteader in 1977, and returned to college teaching once the solar house and organic garden were up and running. Professor (now Emerita) of English and environmental studies at Colby College, she is the author of three previous books the nonfiction Carrying Water as a Way of Life: A Homesteader s History and Writer on the Rocks moving the impossible, and the novel Yes & No: Paris 1969 .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: About Time Press; first edition (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965442861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965442862
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,324,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Spears on March 3, 2009
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Excellent book, well written, the author speaks eloquently about our connection to the earth. The lifestyle she and her husband created for themselves is an honest expression of our need as humans to care for, and live with, our natural resources.
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