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1. The Final Frontiersman : Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
by James Campbell
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Asin: 0743453131
Catlog: Book (2004-05-25)
Publisher: Atria
Sales Rank: 1106
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In the bestselling tradition of Into the Wild and The Last American Man, an intimate portrait of how one man and his family thrive in the most remote of American landscapes: Alaska's Arctic wilderness.

Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Korth came to Alaska in his twenties, and he never left. Across the years, he's carved out a subsistence life like no other--a life bounded by the migrating caribou herds, by the dangers of suddenly swollen rivers, and by the very exigencies of daily survival.

Journalist James Campbell has spent two years documenting the lives of Heimo, his wife, Edna, and their teenage daughters, Rhonda and Krin, and he paints their portraits in vivid detail: evenings listening to the distant voices from the radio's Trapline Chatter show; months spent waiting for the odd small plane to bring supplies; years relying on hard-learned hunting and survival skills that are all that stand between the family and a terrible fate. But it's a complicated existence, too, of encroaching environmental pressures and the fear that this life might be disappearing forever--and how will his two teenage daughters react when one of them goes back to "civilization" for her high school years?

But always at the center there's Heimo Korth, a man who escaped a tough father and a circumscribed life, then reinvented himself in the Alaskan wilderness, only to witness the most unbearable of tragedies, a tragedy that keeps him and his family tied to this inhospitable and beautiful land forever.

By turns inspiring and downright jolting, James Campbell's extraordinary book reads like a rustic version of the American Dream--and reveals for the very first time a life undreamed of by most of us, outside of the mainstream, alone in a stunning wilderness that for now, at least, remains the final frontier. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I second the positive comments to what has been said earlier in these reviews. This man and his family were included in a National Geographic documentary titled "Braving Alaska". I originally read the review of this book featured in Outside magazine and thought the storyline sounded familiar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little House in the Big Arctic
James Campbell reports the life of Heimo Korth and the family he has raised, the last family of trappers to remain in the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Although this book has one foot in the "wilderness adventure can you believe anyone can survive this" genre (Heimo regularly traps in -50 weather and even jogs in -20 weather), it is also a kind of domestic family saga, almost a "Little House on the Prairie" but the prairie is the Arctic.

Heimo, his wife Edna, and daughters Rhonda and Krin, face near tragedies and real tragedies lost in blizzards, or facing a broken-down snow machine miles from home, or jumping from ice flow to ice flow in desparate hope of making it back to shore, or falling through overflow ice on the river. Remarkably though, the main thing I'll remember about this book is the sense it conveys of Heimo's redemption (lost and alcoholic, he came to Alaska to trap in the 70s, but dried up and built a family there), and of the love and affection of a family who have no one but each other for months on end. This is a real testament to Campbell's skill as a journalist and author.

The adventure and drama of the Arctic keep the reader turning pages like a good mystery but the after-effect is one of love and integrity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The World Of 40 Below
What would you do if it were 40 below and your snowmobile conked out 15 miles from your cabin?

After reading this book you will understand that the answer is simple. You'd die. End of story.

This is the tale of a real world tough guy who at a young age gave himself over to the pursuit of wilderness survival and is about the only one left out there with survival skills of this level.

The author is no wimp either, spending considerable time with Mr. Korth plus doing mega-research on the history of the Alaskan wilderness, which he weaves into the story in an informing, non-boring way.

When I read Into The Wild I somehow thought that the fellow that died just had a few unlucky breaks-like the river rising which trapped him out in that old bus. Wrong. That guy never stood a chance from day one, and this book shows you why.

Like a lot of guys I have always had two fantasies - living in the backwoods of Alaska or living on a remote tropical island. I heartily thank the author for paring my fantasy list down to one - the island.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unsentimental tale of subsistence in Alaska

Comparisons will be drawn between this book and Krakauer's excellent Into the Wild based on the common themes of living off the land and the unforgivingness of the Alaskan wilderness. Where Krakauer's book is a meditation on the romanticism and perils of self-reliance, The Final Frontiersman is an unsentimental and penetrating look at the physical, emotional and psychological challenges of making a living in this remote and and unforgiving environment.

Heimo Korth, his wife and two daughters and the life they lead is fascinating. Campbell's well-constructed narrative makes exciting and evocative reading.

If Chris McCandless, the subject of Krakauer's book, had had the chance to read this book, he might still be alive today.

5-0 out of 5 stars not girly but you'll love it
This isn't really my genre but when i started reading this story I couldn't put it down. It is incredibly inspiring and touching. It will touch your life and influence you in a positive way: a little like the book, Seabiscuit. It was educational too. It would be wonderful for children in difficult financial or familial situations to read. I can't stop talking about it and I can't put it down. ... Read more


2. The Tender Bar : A Memoir
by J.R. Moehringer
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Catlog: Book (2005-09-14)
Publisher: Hyperion
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3. Feels Like Far: A Rancher's Life on the Great Plains
by Linda Hasselstrom
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Feels Like Far, award-winning author Linda Hasselstrom paints an intimate portrait of family, love, work, nature, and survival against the backdrop of the far-flung South Dakota prairie. Sixteen linked stories tell of the joy of training a first horse, the heartbreak of finding a fatally injured cow, the beauty of cavorting nighthawks, the stubbornness of her father, a rigid old rancher who bucks at old age, the deep, almost spiritual bond she shares with a friend who is diagnosed with AIDS. "In deliciously direct and unsentimental style" (Kathleen Norris), Hasselstrom maps the landscape of her life, demarcating the same beauties and brutalities that intermingle on the Great Plains she calls home. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down
I unboxed this book, flipped open some pages to preview and before I knew it, I had read 60 pages standing in my kitchen. Legs buckling, I sat and finshed the book in one sitting. The book is compelling because Hasselstrom's storytelling makes you want to read further, but also because her writing mesmerizes the soul. I found myself rereading sentences and hanging on the beauty of her unique prose. "How does she write like this?" I kept asking myself. Her ability to take you within the moment is unsurpassed. You don't need to be a cowgirl to enjoy this book, but if you are, you'll finish it in one sitting--or standing--like I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching...
Reading this book was a wonderful experience. What a touching story of a family that develops as all families do; realizing we love our family members even more when we accept them loving us the only way they know how. All this against the backdrop of a still unspoiled area of America. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this region, history or living.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book
People from the prairies of South Dakota and North Dakota aren't pretentious. Well, some might be, but they tend to stand out in miserable ways. Linda Hasselstrom's writing is like the people of her home: careful, persistent, simple, surprisingly complex, fascinating. Your own family and home may be very different from Hasselstrom's, but through her writing you'll gain a better understanding of your own people and place of origin. Hasselstrom is a master; she shows us how to cherish the tribes we were born into, despite the inevitable losses and disappointments of life. She ranks right up there with Kathleen Norris and Patricia Hampl. ... Read more


4. Living in the Turks & Caicos Islands: From Conchs...to the Florida Lottery
by Charles Palmer
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Growing up poor, a fisherman's son, in post World War II Turks and Caicos Islands. ... Read more


5. Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America
by Victoria Freeman
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In this fair-minded and highly readable book, Victoria Freeman traces her European ancestors’ involvement in settling lands occupied by indigenous peoples in what would become New England and Ontario. It is a story of land fraud, broken treaties, displacement, massacre, and warfare, yet Freeman portrays her forebears with compassion and understanding. The result is a meticulously researched history, filled with photos and maps and a passionate discussion of how whites and American Indians have worked with, fought, courted, befriended — and, too often, killed — one another over four centuries. Among other memorable characters, readers meet Thomas Stanton, a fur trader who participated in a genocidal war against the Pequots and later became one of the most trusted intermediaries between the colonists and the Native Americans. "[Freeman] puts a uniquely personal spin on 400 years of ethnic cleansing by tracing her own family’s role as perpetrators." — Toronto Star ... Read more


6. Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue
by R. A. Houston, Uta Frith
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This case study is the result of a unique collaboration between a social historian and a cognitive scientist. It examines the enigmatic case of Hugh Blair, an eighteenth century Scottish 'laird' or landowner, whose arranged marriage was annulled on the grounds of his mental incapacity. Through an in-depth study of the evidence surrounding the case, the authors conclude that Blair, who was classed at the time as a 'fool', was in fact autistic. Writing in a lively and engaging style, the authors draw together witness statements from court records with a wide range of other documentation to set the sociohistoric scene for the case. This provides a fascinating context to which the latest theories on autism are applied. This book will not only intrigue both historians and psychologists but will also appeal to a wider audience for its study of this compelling and deeply affecting human story. ... Read more


7. Rough Lumber: Stories from Spurlock Creek
by Justine Felix Rutherford
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Publisher: Writers Club Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars fun to remember
Although the author is ten years my senior, and grew up in a different mountain region than I did, I still was able to relate to much of what she mentions. Of course, there's much I would be happy to forget. All in all, the book is good, although I did begin to second guess the author's memory when she mentions pretending to be Patsy Cline while playing her guitar in the outhouse as a young girl. Seeing that Cline didn't become known until the mid to late 1950's, the author would have been thirty years old. Not trying to nitpick, but that just stuck in my mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book written from the author's heart
This dear book is full of beautiful descriptions about the author's life in Appalachia. With great courage, the author truly shares what is on her heart. My favorite part of her life story is how she first met her husband and their courtship.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in love,pride ,and dignity
This was about the type of people that knew how to build character in all of their generations of families. The goodness and non-fault finding of this strong family was as refreshing as a creek after a spring rain..Thank you Justine Felix Rutherford

5-0 out of 5 stars Rough Lumber
When I read this book, the tales of my own grandmother stirred in my mind. Justine's humor and joy of life should serve as a standard to a new generation as she proves that determination, love and mischief taken in good measure will put you on a path of joy and fulfillment throughout your life. Close your eyes and you can smell the spring afternoon at the brook, or hog-killing day. Maybe you'll hear the whispers in class, or the dying breath of one of the patients she cared for until the end of their days. This book is rich in imagery and will take you to a time only a few will still remember with such clarity and fondness. At last, an accurate picture of rural life in the West Virginia hills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rough Lumber Stories from Spurlock Creek
The author gives vivid detail of her life in rural West Virginia during the depression and afterwards. For anyone with a desire to know how life was in poor Appalachia, this an excellent book to get factual details. I know that she gives an accurate detail about the life because I also grew up in the same area. ... Read more


8. A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson
by David Backes
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Sales Rank: 569531
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars They don't Make them that way anymore
After reading five books by Sigurd F. Olson I felt it only right to read his biography. A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson was an insightful look at an incredible person.

From the very early days of Sigurds Life he is drawn toward nature. As Olson's life progresses this propensity turns into his lifes calling. Olson accomplishes more than ten people could in one lifetime. Wilderness defender, author, family man, canoeist- If you are entranced by Sigurd Olson's books you owe it to yourself to read his biography.

The biography describes things about Sigurd F. Olson that one would never guess from reading his books, and elaborates on others.

I'm particularly enjoy reading how hard it was for Olson to get published. He encountered numerous rejections before his first book The Singing Wilderness way published in the 1950's.

Perhaps what I like most about this biography is that Olson seems so much like myself. With each page I learned more about myself and my potential. There is a lot we can learn from the life of Sigurd F. Olson. It is best summed up this way: If you have a cause that is worth persuing keep at it, and don't stop until you've achieved your goals.

Thanks Becks for writing such a wonderful book about a wonderful person.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent and broad review of the life of Sig Olson.
Anyone who has enjoyed the incredible beauty of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area owes a debt to Sigurd Olson, subject of David Backe's "A Wilderness Within". This well-written book helps us understand Sig and how his intense passion to become a significant writer intertwined with his deep spiritual need for wilderness. The book may go a bit overboard in emphasizing some of his shortcomings: his temper, his need to be important, his occasional mistakes, but it also makes clear how much those close to him loved him. It is painful to consider how much the northern Minnesota wilderness would have been developed and decimated but for his efforts. TH Bracken MD Onamia MN ... Read more


9. Outpost; John McLoughlin & the Far Northwest
by Dorothy Nafus Morrison
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars First you have to care
In my former hometown of Oregon City, John McLoughlin is an unavoidable figure. He virtually founded the city, is buried there, his home is a landmark, streets, schools and businesses are named for him. There every school child knows about Fort Vancouver and the Hudson Bay Company. In the rest of the world I fear he is an obscure personage. Ms. Morrison has done extensive, (colossal?), research on McLoughlin and this is the most comprehensive biography of the man we are ever likely to see.

The book is also an excellent resource for information on the HBC and the lengths to which the company went to attempt to keep the country North of the Columbia River in the British Empire. McLoughlin is a towering figure in the history of the United States and deserves more fame and renown. His likeness even stands in Statuary Hall in the United States capitol. Unfortunately despite Morrison's best efforts he is likely to remain obscure outside of the Pacific Northwest. The story of McLoughlin and his Empire is all here...if you care.

4-0 out of 5 stars John McLoughlin is subject of new historical biography.
John McLoughlin is called -- by vote of the Oregon legislature -- "The Father of Oregon." Yet the government of the United States deliberately invalidated his claim to his Oregon home.

McLoughlin helped the early pioneers get a foothold in the Oregon wilderness, then was accused of keeping them in poverty for his own enrichment.

He was a compassionate man with a violent temper. McLoughlin was loved, hated, respected, reviled. And now he is the subject of a thorough, honest and compulsively readable biography.

In one sense, this book is an unexpected treasure coming from this writer, who is a respected author of history and fiction for young readers (including a work for young people about McLoughlin), not a traditional writer of biographies for adults.

"Outpost: John McLoughlin and the Far Northwest" is the work of Dorothy Nafus Morrison, an accomplished historian. "Outpost" is a major historical work designed for the general reader and for historians. But it is also a natural step in her development as a writer. It is an astonishing tale, exceptionally well told. ... Read more


10. Small Town USA
by Ralph Robinson
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A humorous look at the differences between rural and urban attitudes.

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11. Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun: A Cheechako's First Year in Alaska
by Sean Michael Flynn
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"In New York City, a Cheechako (chee CHA-ko) would be the kid who just fell off the turnip truck. No street smarts. A pink windbreaker. A subway map sticking from his back pocket...In Alaska, a Cheechako is even easier to spot. He's the guy with his tongue stuck to a metal pole. A tenderfoot. A greenhorn."

Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is the story of Lt. Sean Michael Flynn as he tries to survive his first year in Alaska. With romantic notions of Jack London and Bush piloting, Lt. Flynn requests a transfer to Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a bit unnerved at how easy the transfer goes through.

From a rugby game on a frozen river to living across from Santa's Village to random moose attacks to soaring over the Bush in an F-16, Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is a hilarious trial-by-many-errors account of what it takes to become a true Alaskan.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A must read if you get orders to Eielson!
Having been stationed at Eielson during the same time as Flynn, I can vouch for his accuracy in the descriptions of the whole "Interior of Alaska" experience. I'm thankful that he wrote this, because now when people ask what it was like up there, I just tell them to buy the book. Overall I liked his stories and his range of topics, but sometimes they seemed to drag on a bit, especially when they dealt with his lack of female options. He more than makes up for that, with poking fun at a sometimes stuffy US Air Force, and his quest for becoming a sourdough. A great book to pick up when you think life in the lower 48 is tough and you need a chuckle.

4-0 out of 5 stars Puts Alaska on your "must go" travel list
Well-written, insightful, educational, and entertaining. Funny without making fun of people. Really brings Alaska and its residents to life, providing a fascinating glimpse of the state unavailable to most visitors (i.e., way beyond the typical 7-night cruise ship experience.) I began reading it because of my interest in military history (the author was stationed there as an Air Force officer), but the quality of writing and greater focus on non-military experiences was a pleasant surprise. I now want to quit my job, pack my bags, and head immediately to Alaska.

5-0 out of 5 stars A smooth, entertaining read
Sean's style and story-telling ability flow quickly, easily and smoothly. You're happy to go along for the ride, and during the trip you learn so much about one of the smallest, most unique cultures in this American sea of cultures, and about one of the most beautiful yet challenging places on the planet. Things you could learn only by living them. But just as importantly, you laugh as you watch him grow from cheechako to sourdough. A must-buy for anyone into reading humor, or about the military, or Alaska. Get it now!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun:
Sean Flynn writes with a wonderful style that reflects a great sense of humor and an intelligence and loyalty that are to be admired. He obviously had a keen interest in learning as much as he could about Alaska and Alaskans during his year with the Air Force at Eielson Air Force Base. His enthusiasm, despite some incredibly cold temperatures and some hair-raising experiences (if your hair could rise in that cold!) is contagious. Also, the book provides an education about the history and culture of this most interesting state! A most enjoyable read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good History, Great Laughs
As a New Yorker, I was very intersted in reading about a city boy getting transplanted into the harshest wilderness. I was rewarded by a funny tale of what it means to become a man and an Alaskan. Flynn mixes humorous stories in with history lessons, culture clashes and the unending search for a good woman and a better pizza. I haven't laughed while reading this much since discovering David Sedaris. The author and his military buddies are very likable and it is easy to see how his heart can be split between such different landscapes and lifestyles. And he even gets the girl at the end! I highly recommend to anybody who wants to learn while they laugh. ... Read more


12. Pigs and People: Great Depression Farm Life as I Remember It
by Gladys Jenkins Bennett
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13. A Twig Grows in Springdale
by AlMichaud
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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We start life as little babies, then grow to little kids, to bigger kids, to young adults and on to the years called "Golden."This book traces the life of one small kid growing up in one small town during the grim days of the Great Depression.There are no spectacular events, just many small happenings of people and events forming the life of this little village.The book is based on recollections perhaps enhanced by years of watching television and the movies.There may be some romanticizing and embellishment but the main course of the story holds true to life as it was.The people and events ramble a bit and hopscotch around among the years, but it all comes together at the end.Young folks will be bemused and hopefully enlightened.Older folks will sit back, sigh and mumble "those were the days"-"good old" or not. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Reading Al Michaud's book of reminiscences, A Twig Grows in Springdale, is like taking a trip backward in time. The time was the Great Depression, which coincided with his early boyhood, but in spite of the lack of money-possibly because of it-his was a happy boyhood.
The place was a small New England town, Springdale, where we meet the colorful characters who peopled his world. Money may have been in short supply, but there was always enough for food, and though threadbare, clothes enough to keep them warm. And to add to the richness of a life of simple pleasures in Springdale were the years during the polio epidemic when the family spent the summers with friends on their farm in the mountains. There more adventures helped bend the Twig, and the reader is the lucky spectator. A good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars a Crazy Quilt of memories
Rebeccasreads recommends A TWIG GROWS IN SPRINGDALE as a treasure trove of stories, rather like your Grandmother's hope chest. Take it down, open it up anywhere & travel back to a time when the future is a distant thing & where everyday life is so much more important.

Like an ancient family photo album, Al Michaud fills his with remembrances & impressions, written in snapshots & vignettes, some a hundred or so words, others a couple of pages long, penned in a storytelling rhythm, of a time when sliced bread was a novelty, coal was king, homework unknown, all immigrants wanted to learn English & become Americans, & Springdale, a small southern New England town, was the center of his universe.

3-0 out of 5 stars A simple patchwork of ordinary things
A Twig grows in Springdale is in the author's own words, "A simple patchwork of ordinary things, ordinary people and tiny ordinary happenings." It is the recollections of childhood during a simpler time- a time when money was scarce, family values were strong and our freedoms were threatened. Author Al Michaud takes us on a sentimental journey to the days of mothers in aprons with flour covered hands, fathers searching for work and kids who used their imaginations to create worlds of fantasy and excitement.

Each chapter is a snippet of life during the great Depression from the author's point of view with lovable characters that everyone can relate to. The people and happenings in Springdale helped to shape the lives of countless children who look back with fond memories of "Days gone by."

A wonderful book of memories for grandparents to read to their grandchildren or for those in their golden years to be reminded of the "Good Old Days." Teachers would find this book helpful in relating life in the thirties and forties to students who live in an age of computers, video games and fast food. Each chapter is a story in itself making it a nice light read for a sunny afternoon.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews

4-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia-Something We Seem To Crave
Why is it that when we reach our 50s and beyond there is a certain longing for the past? Perhaps, this nostalgic craving is due to our desire to slow down time.

Eviatar Zerubavel, a cognitive sociologist at Rutgers University, in his book Social Mindscape, made the following observation: "we all live in remembrance environments and mnemonic communities. These mental landscapes, constructed from shared feeling about the past, determine how we think about ourselves and our place in history."

In other words, people will come to know us by the memories we share with others and in turn we shall know ourselves.
It is with this in mind that I was able to appreciate first time novelist Al Michaud's A Twig in Springdale.

Using short literary descriptive sketches or vignettes, Michaud narrates his many fond memories he has of growing up during the time of the depression years in the small village of Springdale, Connecticut.

We learn about the schools the author attended and the teachers who had a made deep and lasting impressions. It was a time when male teachers were a rarity, and as he states: "teaching was rigid, warm, educational and productive."

Various ailments would lead to the usage of such cure all medications as Vicks Vapor Rub or Chicken soup. People were not immune from tragedies that resulted in death such as trolley accidents, appendicitis, pneumonia, car wrecks, and fires. However, they did not seem to be big events, as life seemed to go on without any lasting impression, even when one the author's schoolmates was crushed to death by a steam roller in the school yard-"We watched in silence. The police came. The ambulance came. Mr. McCall rang the bell and we all went to class."

You were not too concerned about the latest in clothing fashions, electronic gadgets, or the endless "goodies" children today enjoy, as money was scarce, you just had to make do with whatever you had.

Although Michaud's writing focuses on memorabilia of life during the depression years, his personal reflections will surely bring back memories for those of us who were born after during the 40s and 50s, as is the case with myself.
His style is straight- forward and at times sentimental coming across as a very human and down to earth individual.
Readers will be pulled in from the very first few pages and I am sure they will find a bit of their own "Springdale," wherever they may have grown up.

Norm Goldman Editor Bookpleasures

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories
I followed Al through Springdale School by 8 years. How the memories flooded back. So much relates to Small Town USA everywhere during the depression. Summer farm stories when families fled the towns fearing Infantile Paralysis are particularly nostalgic for all of us who forked hay in the mow, milked the cows and hoed the corn. No electricity, kitchen wood stove. It is all there and very well written ... Read more


14. Heart of the Raincoast: A Life Story
by Alexandra Morton, Billy Proctor
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Asin: 0920663613
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Horsdal & Schubart Publishers, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 446839
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars To thine own self be true
The responsible existence within our environment equates to actually having an environment that one wishes to live in. Billy Proctor's story, or rather, chronicles of his existence (and family, relatives and friends) of off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada and how it has changed over the last 50 years inspires one to start treating our environment with respect and courtesy.

It is a harsh, unforgiving and yet tranquil look upon what has been described as one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world. Once capable of supporting those who lived upon and around it, and used its bounty with skill. Technology, visitors and a lack of vision have poached upon it, to the brink of extinction of many of its species.

To love where you are, the majesty of your surroundings, and witness its potentially irreversible destruction.

It is a grand book about a grand place, that may be, shortly, changed forever. ... Read more


15. Struggle and Survival in Colonial America
by David G. Sweet, Gary B. Nash
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Asin: 0520045017
Catlog: Book (1982-01-01)
Publisher: University of California Press
Sales Rank: 70613
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16. Memories of Wind and Waves: A Self-Portrait of Lakeside Japan
by Junichi, Dr Saga, Juliet Winters Carpenter, Susumu, Dr Saga
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Asin: 4770027583
Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Kodansha International (JPN)
Sales Rank: 505979
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"When I close my eyes, all I see is clear, bright water." So remarks one of the people whose memories, told in their own words, make up this record of a vanishing way of life in small-town, lakeside Japan. Memories of Wind and Waves gathers the richly detailed stories of thirty-three elderly men and women who spent their lives working on or around Japan's second-largest lake, Kasumigaura. Though just forty miles from Tokyo, the area was throughout much of the twentieth century very rural and poor -- a world away from the capital that we know today. Many people tell of working late into each night in a struggle to survive, supplementing their main livelihood from fishing with a bit of farming or other work. Yet these are people who lived so close to nature -- in some cases literally on the lake -- that a great many of their reminiscences are not about hardship but about just how beautiful the place was.

Through this rare, rich oral history we come to know a world very different from our own, inhabited by people like the woman who was married off at nineteen to a riverboat captain and was "steaming mad" to find there was no toilet on board the ship where they were to live, and that she was expected to stick her rear end over the side to relieve herself, or Catfish Kyubei, who, when he dived underwater to catch catfish with his bare hands, stripped completely naked first, to make his body as cold as the fishes' so they wouldn't sense his presence.

Since the lives of many of the storytellers actually span the twentieth century, these people have been witness to remarkable changes, with much of the work they once did by hand and in extremely difficult conditions having now been industrialized, mechanized, or made obsolete. They take great pleasure in remembering a time when the lake and the lives of the people around it were more closely intertwined.

Their stories present a little-known, very human face of modern Japan and, perhaps more importantly, deal directly and in a plainspoken way with the issues that concern us all -- family, work, love, and memory. ... Read more


17. Grandpa and Grandma, Thanks for the Memories
by Connie V. Meulen
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Asin: 141402567X
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: 1stBooks Library
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming & humorous story.
This story is one that you won't want to put down until you've read the whole thing. It's one of those that will bring back the "warm fuzzy" feeling you got as a child. The book includes many humorous stories & focuses around the time of Red Skelton, Gunsmoke, Black Jack gum, Teaberry gum etc. The story also includes some of the difficult and sad times a family endured but stuck together through it all. The grandpa and grandma are now in their 80s and continue to bale hay and work on their farm as they did almost 40 years ago. The grandpa still goes to the pulp woods & helps his sons with that business. If you enjoy reminiscing you'll love this book. Would be a great gift idea for "Grandparents Day" coming up in September. Written in easy to read format. ... Read more


18. Before Modern Conveniences: One Finnish Farm Family 1917-1927
by Helmi Kortes-Erkkila
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Asin: 1587362716
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: Hats Off Books
Sales Rank: 1961641
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Learn about how life was before modern conveniences! Read about Miriami's adventures on her parents' farm and the life of Finnish immigrant farmers. ... Read more


19. Wilderness Dreams
by Jack Boudreau
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Asin: 1894759001
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: Caitlin Press
Sales Rank: 2768038
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Jack's fourth book documents the amazing adventures of the Bowden family in the rugged wilderness of British Columbia's interior. It is largely based on 40 years of diaries kept by Liza Bowden. ... Read more


20. Who's Who in the East 1997-1998 (26th ed. Issn 0083-9760)
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Asin: 0837906288
Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
Publisher: Marquis Who's Who
Sales Rank: 2893634
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