- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Foreverland Press (August 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099652892X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996528924
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,198,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unrestorable Habitat: Microsoft Is My Neighbor Now Paperback – August 27, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Mrs. Hudson's main antagonists (my descriptor) are Microsoft and the Salmon of the nearby river. But her book is liberally sprinkled with autobiographical vignettes of her own life.
Living in the midwest as I have my entire life, salmon are not near neighbors, just an occasional meal, but I could easily identify situations with which I am familiar which would fit her narrative. Indeed, analogous circumstances abound in every part of this country and indeed the world. Mrs. Hudson writes with little affection for Microsoft in particular, but as she herself admits, her writing tablet is her laptop computer often in one of those ubiquitous franchise coffee houses...Such is the paradox faced by most of us who yearn for the good parts of the "good old days", but utilize the benefits of a technological age such as my writing this review on a computer.
Mrs. Hudson died before she had completely finished the book and the editors wisely elected to make only the most minimal changes, retaining typographical errors, and notes by the author to check this or that source for accuracy. So the book, contents essentially complete, but fine-tuning unfinished, fits the narrative of my own personal life.
And Mrs. Hudson is an excellent writer. Her Bones of Plenty (1962) earned her plaudits in a New York Times Book Review, and a later honorary doctorate.
And the bulk of her career was as a University faculty, mostly at the University of Washington. She knows writing.
While reading and after completing the book I have been working at filling in abundant blanks about her life, which began as a child of a dirt-poor farm family in rural North Dakota, then rural Redmond WA in the Great Depression and then WWII.
She was always an activist, it appears. Quite clearly the premature death from chronic illness of one of her daughters in 2000, motivated her to make her observations for posterity. Most of her writing seems to have been between 9-11-01 and her death in 2010.
I enthusiastically endorse this book. And I specifically and highly recommend it for discussion groups.