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About the Author

Anne LaBastille is the author of nine books, including Woodswoman and Woodswoman III.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 11, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140153349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140153347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not the type of book I tend to read - my husband picked it out for me. Knowing nothing of her, I kept waiting for her to reveal herself to be some type of political or sociological extremist. Instead, she simply told stories ... no platforms - just vignettes from her life in the Andirondack. She tells how she came to build a log cabin in that remote terrain, including the mistakes she made when she built it. She tells of the struggles to keep a pet, about some of her hiking adventures and the personalities that came through her life. When she talks of environmental concerns, she is a realist and does not presuppose that everyone would want life on the terms that she does while pointing out that so many of us have no idea what life would be like without a TV or radio wailing. Plus, she never really "launches" into environmental concerns - they just come up during some of the stories as salient points. Such as how snowmobiles and motorboats had affected her life - for good and bad - and describing the conditions of hiking public trails, etc.
I am very impressed with Ms. LaBastille. She is a much stronger woman than I. I could never live this way but it does makes me want to visit. Instead of feeling energized or particularly educated in some way, I would have to say this book leaves the reader contemplative. I have a feeling its effect on me will last much past the time I have forgotten the story line in other books I have read.
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I read this book many years ago and was transported to a place that I have often wished I could go--off into the woods to a small cabin with my dog. I don't seem to have the patience to #1 build the cabin or #2 sit still for very long after it is done. I admired Anne for her willingness to "go it on her own". I have loaned this book to many, many of my women friends, bought copies as gifts, and even met a woman from Denmark and got HER interested. Try it. It will make Walden Pond much more real. Be careful, however, you may find yourself looking through the Real Estate sections of the paper for property of your own. Dream your dreams.
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If you love the Adirondack Mts. of northern New York you will love to read Ms.Bastille's books. She makes the woods come alive. Her books are about her Adirondack life written from a woman's perspective. Her writings are gutsy, romantic, while at the same time they are a honest portrayal of life in the North Country. If she keeps writing them I'll keep reading them. Anne Bastille is a role model for women and girls who love the outdoors.
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What a comfort, as I contemplate my lifelong dream to move to a cabin in the northern woods in coming years, that another woman has done something similar in her life some decades ago, and made it work for her so well. Even as Anne LaBastille was troubled by the very same concerns and questions as I am, she found ways to overcome, do without, cope, embrace, and handle the challenges that came her way. A woman alone in the woods ... how safe is she? What if she gets sick or injured? How to handle wildlife or rough weather or fire? How to handle trespassers on her property who may be inclined to hurt her? Will she be able to pay her bills as a freelance writer?

When Anne LaBastille was still a relatively young woman, her marriage ended in divorce. She had to find a place to live--quick. In two months' time, she found a remote plot of land in the Adirondacks, and she set to work building her own log cabin. With only a bit of help in the heaviest or trickiest part of the labor, LaBastille designed and built the cabin herself in short order.

Mind you, this is no burly Amazon woman. The photos in LaBastille's autobiography show a slender, pretty woman, deeply tanned, flannel shirt sleeves rolled up on her sinewy arms, comfortable in her jeans, hair in long braids or ponytails, chainsaw in hand. Nor is she even particularly assertive or bold. At times, she's downright shy. She's just a woman who is comfortable alone, knows how to take care of herself, and loves nature.

LaBastille has had a loyal following of readers ever since her series of Woodswoman books first came out, beginning in the mid 1970s. It seems while few do what she has done, many hold a dream in common about a cabin in the woods.
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I read the first "Woodswoman" autobiography in 1983 when it was published in German and I loved it from the first page on. LaBastille influenced me to focus more on pieceful trips to the country than to go on exploring big cities like Paris or Amsterdam. Thanks to her I heard about Henry David Thoreau and on my first US trip in 1988 I walked around Walden Pond.
When I read her second autobiography "Beyond Black Bear Lake", I was amazed that from the very vague description in the book some of her readers were able to find her log cabin. Until today I have no clue where she lives and I don`t need to know. All I want her to do is writing Part IV and Part V and if possible Part VI, too.
I was lucky to spend a few days of my long October trip in 1997 in the Adirondacks and when I returned to my favorite bookstore in Lake Placid, "The Pipe and More", I was delighted to find out that her third volume was just published, "Woodswoman III". I even got a signed paperback copy.
Now I can`t wait 2005 and Part IV being published...
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