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A PLACE IN THE WOODS by [Hoover, Helen]
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Length: 292 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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About the Author

Hoover worked as a chemist before moving to Minnesota. in 1954.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5229 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (August 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBRTD1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anyone who has ever experienced the damp cool of forest shadows, heard the russle of leaves as a wild occupant gathers food, or stood in awe while listening to the forest breath high in the tree tops upon a gentle breeze, will immediately be transported back to that magical place through the words of Helen Hoover and the wonderful illustrations of her artist husband Ade. Fleeing the city of Chicago to risk making a life in the far northern woods of Minnesota, seeking virgin timber and solitude, Helen writes of their struggles with near poverty and the anxiety of isolation. Through it all they find peace of mind and spirit, and advocate for the preservation of wild natural places to the greatest degree possible. Once you read one of her books you will collect them all, and like another reviewer has so stated, you read them over and over and over again. Dr. Daniel Baney
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This book has been in my family for decades, and to a person, all who read of Helen and Adrian's sorrows and triumphs find it to be one their all-time favorite reads. I have read the book a dozen times, and never lose interest in its capacity to instantly transport me to another time and place. Having spent many of my summers as a young boy in the Northern woods of Minnesota, this book brings back to me the scent of resin from the pine and birch, the fleeting glimpse of a black bear, and the natural curiosity of deer and other woodland creatures. You cannot help but be touched by this book.
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Helen Hoover is one of those rare people (apparently) who is gifted on both sides of the brain. She was a very successful scientist in Chicago in an era when women scientists were few and far between. Tired of city life and realizing she and her husband had a now or never shot at a new life in the north woods, they took the plunge and basically burned all their bridges, spent their nest egg, and bought a cabin in Minnesota. This is the story of the winter, of the wilderness people, of their animal and human friends, and their struggle. Mostly, in fact it is about their struggle to adapt, and is a revelation of their character and commitment as they deal with one obstacle after another, each one by itself difficult enough to precipitate an honorable surrender, as most people expected would happen. Instead of surrendering they thrived, however, and this is the story of their first year in the woods. It is not laugh out loud funny, and is as much a story of home repairs, on the surface, as anything, but all the small details, patched together, tell a story that is worth hearing. I feel like a heel being the first reviewer not to give it 5 stars, but 5 stars means a classic to me. I couldn't put it in the classic category, but I couldn't put it down, either.
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This book was very comforting and therapeutic for me. Being in a world of mainly material importance, it is pleasant to find a book that lets you retreat to a place, were tangible significance is not important. The Hoovers found the courage to begin a new life in the wilderness, without electricity and the modern conviences of city life. They found a much more satisfying way of life for them,although having to struggle everyday to persevere the wilderness. They found great compensation for there struggles. Anyone who appreciates, and respects wildlife will enjoy the great rewards the Hoovers gained while interrelating with the animals, and how the animals in the wild became there friends. I am looking forward to reading The Gift of the Deer also by Ms Hoover.
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I stumbled upon this book when I was lazily searching for something to read on my parent's bookshelf. I doubt if they have read it, or even know they own it. That is too bad.
I was changed by this book. The tales of the animals encoutered and the trials and mistakes the Hoover's make are heart stirring. I believe they affected me because they are true stories and they triumph in the end. I have never forgetten this book and I reccomend for any attempts to restore lost faith in human nature. I was delightedly surprised to find her books listed here. Enjoy.
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A place in the woods lets you get a sense of spending time in the deep woods of the north. Well written story about getting away from it all to spend life in a simple place with few material things but rich with nature and its pleasures. A story of persistance and self reliance rare in today's world. I enjoyed this years ago and enjoyed it just as much here 30 years or so later. Find a quiet place, read and be taken away form your own problems.
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I loved this sequal to The Gift of the Deer. I really think these two books are one of the main reasons that we have a cabin in the woods. We enjoy the forest so much. Each time we go into the deep woods I think of the Hoovers. They were a real inspiration to me. I never realized that I was a lover of wildlife until I read Helen Hoover's books. I have ordered two more of her adventrous books , and can't wait to get started
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A very enjoyable read about a couple in the early 1950's who gave up everything for what they thought would be a peacful, creative life in the woods. A herculean struggle with small victories around every corner. A heart warming tail.
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