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Woodswoman II: Beyond Black Bear Lake Paperback – May 17, 2000
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Don't get me wrong - I liked it enough, and I finished it with no problems. Anne's adventures start to wear a little thin after the excellent first book though ("Woodswoman"). She builds a second cabin, animals die, she hurts herself, she meets a man, etc. It its details, it is really very much like the first book, only a little more old-hat, and a little more preachy. However, if you are interested in following the author's story, it is of course, just what the doctor ordered. I find it a bit braggy, and a bit of a bore now and then.
The book bills itself as "her decision to retreat further," which I certainly do not find to be the case. In fact, it is more like "her decision to retreat less."
This second in a series does a quick recap of how LaBastille's adventure began. After a divorce, LaBastille decided to build her own cabin in the Adirondack wilderness, making her living as a freelance writer and ecologist. This book begins with her growing problem with intruders and overly ardent fans. With several books by now published, many articles, and an increasing number of academic lectures and speaking tours, her need for solitude and seclusion is coming under (mostly) friendly attack. Fan mail comes by the bag full, phone calls await at a neighboring camp (LaBastille's cabin has no electricity and no phone line), and a stunning number of fans search her out in the woods, even though she has carefully avoided naming her exact location, using fictional names for landmarks and lakes. Some pursue her for years until tracking her down. LaBastille is horrified, and eventually forced into building a second, more remote cabin that she calls Thoreau II, crediting Henry David Thoreau of Walden Pond.
"What do such visitors and callers hope to find when they search out the Woodswoman? I still don't know exactly, but I'm sure America is lonely. Americans are looking for identities. They want to attach themselves to authors, singers, actors, and TV stars. These searchers have fantasies.Read more ›
These books are homey and genuine, heartfelt, warm and enjoyable, but they are not particularly literary, which was a disappointment to me. After reading all the excellent reviews of her books, I expected fine writing, but found nothing of the quality one could enjoy in "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, or "Indian Creek Chronicles" by Pete Fromm, or "Call of the AMerican Wild" by Guy Grieve. It is best to approach these books without expectations that you will be stimulated by their literary quality, but rather approach them as you would the stories that a friend shared with you.
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She was a great writer and a great conservationist! I want to read everything she ever wrote!Published 11 days ago by Manuela Mage
This is a true adventure story about a courageous woman living on her own in the Adirondack mountains.Published 4 months ago by Salley Squizzer
Liked this book and admire the author for her sense of adventure and courage.Published 11 months ago by Patricia A. Smith
Anne Labastille was quite a woman, independent, strong and intelligent.Published 12 months ago by L. Petersen