Helen Hoover and her husband, Adrian, were trailblazers in the American back-to-the-land movement. Well ensconced in their professional lives in Chicago, they made the decision to follow their dream of a simple existence, pulling up their stakes and plunging into the wilds of northern Minnesota.
A Place in the Woods, first published in 1969, describes how the Hoovers gradually adapted to the rigors of wilderness survival, relating events that occurred prior to those Helen Hoover described in her bestselling The Girl of the Deer. This is a tale of starting out, of the pitfalls of beginning a new life -- one punctuated by near disasters but also by moments of rare beauty.
A Place in the Woods is enlivened by warm, humorous anecdotes showing both the struggle and reward involved in joining this small community of rabbits, deer, and distant neighbors. This volume, now available in paperback for the first time, conveys the special joy of each small victory in the wilderness.
Mushrooms on the ceiling; a bear pawing his way through a trapdoor; a foundation crumbling under a cascade of water; innumerable stove and chimney flame-festivals; a serious car accident; a day when there was literally nothing in the house to eat and always a dearth of money - are calamities faced with considerable elan by the Hoovers in their north Minnesota cabin in the woods. Mrs. Hoover has written before of symbiotic living in this chilly but lovely area with its many animals (her last, Gift of the Deer, appeared in 1967), but this is, specifically, the story of the very contemporary, middle-aged city couple and their struggle to cope. Cope they do, with courage and remarkable good humor, learning the way to independence and the security of knowing one can deal with insecurity. Again there are portraits of engaging animals - from a household mother mouse to a weasel but this tale of heavy weather and stout hearts belongs to the Hoovers. A pleasant, never frivolous, absorbing account which seems to indicate that life can begin in the forties - at least in the Minnesota woods. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: UNIV OF MINNESOTA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.78 x 13.92 x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.4