Woodswoman II: Beyond Black Bear Lake


By: Anne LaBastille

Ten years ago, Anne LaBastille found peace and solitude in the log cabin she built for herself at Black Bear Lake. But as the years passed, the outside world intruded in various ways: curious fans, after reading her best-selling book Woodswoman, tracker her down; land developers arrived; there was air and noise pollution and the damages of acid rain.

Woodswoman II is the story of the author’s decision to retreat farther, a half-mile behind her main cabin, and build a tiny cabin- fashioned after the one in Thoreau’s Walden- in which she could write and contemplate/ In this book she writes movingly of her life with two German shepherds as companions, of a sustaining relationship with a man as independent as herself, and of her renewed bond with nature.


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