Multcolib My Librarian Alison: "I went to the wilderness..."
Annotation:While some escape to the wilderness to find themselves, Person's memoir describes how she escaped her family of back-to-the-landers so she could understand who she was.
Annotation:Emily Carr was known for her art - vibrant paintings of wild British Columbia. She was also a writer, and this loosely autobiographical work describes her travels to remote Native villages to paint totem poles and other aspects of a quickly-disappearing world.
Annotation:If you've ever gone on a long distance cycling trip, you know that every day can be a challenge. Imagine trying the same trip through forests and over corduroy roads. This is the account of two young men who biked from California to Seattle...in 1909.
Annotation:The biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer. Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mum, as she saw her crew through encounters with tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars and bears.
Annotation:Byl recounts the story of her apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work.
Annotation:It's always more enjoyable to read about tree-planting than it is to do it. Gill explores this grueling work and the people who are motivated to do it.
Annotation:The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash.
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As we rapidly reshape the world, writers turn to the wilderness and its meaning for us. Here are titles, both fiction and non-fiction, that explore our connection with the wild and how it changes us.