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YEARS OF THE FOREST [Kindle Edition]

Helen Hoover
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is a book that takes us inside the Hoovers’ wilderness home during those sixteen Years of the Forest and lets us experience not only the joys and the techniques but also the challenges and travails of going it alone in the beautiful but not always accommodating wilderness, far from the technology and services that city people take for granted. It is a book of wilderness adventure, it is an education in the ingenuities of wilderness housekeeping, filled with practical details about making do, building and rebuilding, gardening for fun and for food, even advice about getting away from getting-away-from-it-all.
Good times and Hard times, good neighbors and bad neighbors, the strains engendered by conflicting views—and passions—about the use of the environment: Mrs. Hoover shares her experience without stint. But above all—over, under, and all around her straightforward and practical approach to life in the wilderness—there is, as always, the sensitive and moving awareness of nature (especially of the animals with whom she and her husband shared the forest, often helping them through starving winters) that is the special quality of her writing and her life.

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  • File Size: 3790 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (August 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO NATURE September 30, 2001
This is the last book in the nature series by Helen Hoover chronicling her and her husband's sixteen years in a small cabin in the Northern Minnesota wilderness. With fine pen and ink illustrations by Ade Hoover, the book is a modern day "Walden" as Helen and Ade cope with the ways of the wilderness after leaving prestigious jobs in the Chicago steel industry for a life that affords none of the comforts of modern living. High-brow readers and scientific minds will cringe with suppressed delight as The Hoovers study the natural world by feeding it, comforting it, and befriending any wayward creature that happens through their cabin door. If you like nature writing with a tinge of sentiment or if you ever imagined getting away from it all and living in a cabin in the woods, you will find this book and the entire series essential and delightful reading.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book December 2, 2002
By A Customer
I borrowed this book from the library when I was 12 (I am 39 now). This is the one of the books I have borrowed over and over again. Now...I have bought it so other ppl can get it at the library. I have also ordered all of Helen's books. I can't wait to enjoy more of Helen's writing. She makes me long for a cabin in the woods and a simpler life. If you love nature this book is for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet followup February 15, 2010
By HannahR
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"Years of the Forest" is a companion book of Hoover's engaging tale, "A Place in the Woods", and covers approx. 13 years of the Hoover's life in the Minnesota wilderness during the 1950's-60's as Helen and Ade continue their study of the wildlife that populate their small slice of Eden.

Each chapter features a task that the couple completed on their property along with studied observations of the animals that come to see the Hoovers' as a non-threatening source of sustanance. In return, the various deer, chipmunks, red squirrels, groundhogs, bobcats, linxs, frogs, etc. provide much needed inspiration and humor for the couple as they write about (Helen) and draw (Ade) the animals in their habitat for articles (and later these very books). The Hoover's approach to life is simple and spartan and harkens back to a pioneer spirit and rugged individualism that most of us today can only faintly imagine. Their brand of conservation is more distilled and daily applied then most environmentalists today could ever handle. They truely "walked the walk".

Helen and Ade were often let down by mankind, especially as increased development in the MN wilderness and careless poachers needlessly destroyed some of the Hoover's animal friends. The final 1/4th of the book covering the late 1960's and early 1970's was really sad to read, as the Hoovers watched their little Eden slowly being covered over in asphalt roads, trailer homes, and a mindset that didn't honor the interdependance of nature. In the final chapter, Helen, while disappointed in the changes wrought by her fellow humans, also realizes that through her and Ade's small efforts, they were able to bring about a change of their own. One that was positive and that would live on in the woods and creatures they called home and friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the third book I have recently finished written by Helen Hoover. Mrs Hoover was a wonderful environmental writer, and in my opinion one of the best. Her love and enjoyment of the animals, plants, flowers and trees plus the lake, sunsets and sunrise shine out in her writing. Her enjoyment of life in general is great. The hardships of living in nature and on the land is well told,but she and Ade never wanted to go back to the softer life of the city.

The book begins in 1956, ends in 1967 with a prologue in 1971. Mrs. Hoover writes of how she loved her place in the world and how she saw a deer she had loved, protected and been a friend to. Peter. Peter was dead but she saw his youngest son who looked so much like his father that she was startled at the resemblence.

Mrs Hoover was always a champion of animals. She fed them during long, cold winters when food was short. She kept much corn around, bought it from the small store, plus got it from friends and neighbors who knew how she loved and protected these wild creatures. She was against hunting,a sport she detested. Too many of her animal friends were killed by hunters.

The deep woods was changing. People were moving into these areas, loving the beauty, tall trees, quiet, then bringing in civilization to make where they had moved to just like where they had left. People were building vacation homes. Helen didn't care for these changes. She missed the quiet and felt the ways of nature should be respected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! December 31, 2010
I love all of the Helen Hoover series of books! I'm sadly reading my last one. If you love nature, you will love reading Helen Hoover's books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite author April 5, 2013
By mjvb
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Helen Hoover and her husband went to live deep in the forest in northern minnesota. They were intimately acquainted with the land and the critters in it. She writes about their experiences in great detail, that you feel as though you are living in the woods yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Lovers of Nature and the North Woods November 14, 2012
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This is a wonderful part of Helen Hoover's books about the life she and her husband Ade lived in the woods. It's illustrated with Ade's beautiful artwork. Beautiful, lyrical writing. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who loves the North Woods.
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Published 8 days ago by Larry Waller
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Exactly as described. Excellent quality. Fast shipping. Will buy from again.
Published 4 months ago by James Clute
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating reading
In 1954, Helen Hoover, who was born in 1910 at Greenfield, OH, studied chemistry at Ohio University, and became a research metallurgist for the International Harvester, and her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wayne S. Walker
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Published 4 months ago by ACAVE
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It's a good read for nature lovers. It's dated but that also brings a uniqueness. Enjoyable.
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Published 4 months ago by James Strozewski
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Published 5 months ago by Vickie K.
5.0 out of 5 stars what a pleasant ripe minder of what used to be
I remember what life was like I'm the 60's as I was growing up in a small Michigan town. There were no malls, the freeways were just being built, and there was an abundance of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JOHN E. PETERSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Off the Grid in a Time Lost
This book transports the reader into a world "off the grid" in northern Minnesota, where the author and her husband, the illustrator, dedicate their days, and nights, to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by TitleoneSarge
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Helen Hoover's books!
What an amazing life!!!! I have loved every single book by Helen Hoover - her attention to detail is magnificent! I recommend every single one of them!!!
Published 10 months ago by Kellie M
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