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On All Sides Nowhere: Building a Life in Rural Idaho

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Synopsis:

When Bill Gruber left Philadelphia for graduate school in Idaho, he and his wife decided to experience true rural living. His longing for the solitude and natural beauty that Thoreau found on Walden Pond led him to buy an abandoned log cabin and its surrounding forty acres in Alder Creek, a town considered small even by Idaho standards. But farm living was far from the bucolic wonderland he expected: he now had to rise with the sun to finish strenuous chores, cope with the lack of modern conveniences, and shed his urban pretensions to become a real local. Despite the initial hardships, he came to realize that reality was far better than his wistful fantasies. Instead of solitude, he found a warm, welcoming community; instead of rural stolidity, he found intelligence and wisdom; instead of relaxation, he found satisfaction in working the land. What began as a two-year experiment became a seven-year love affair with a town he'll always consider home.

About the Author

William Gruber is a professor of English at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but spends his summers in Alder Creek, Idaho.

Table of Contents

contents Foreword by William Finnegan xi Preface xiv 1. On All Sides Nowhere 1 2. Things That Came with the Place 15 3. Locals 25 4. The White Fir 38 5. Immigrants and Emigrants 43 6. Falling Trees 55 7. Hay for the Horses 68 8. Builders, Buildings, and Build-Ons 76 9. Scrounging 86 10. Backwoods Mechanics 94 11. Why They Shoot Bears in Alder Creek 103 12. At the Bend in the River Where the Cottonwoods Grow 112

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618189298
Foreword:
Finnegan, William
Author:
Finnegan, William
Foreword by:
Finnegan, William
Foreword:
Finnegan, William
Author:
Gruber, William
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Farmers
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
Idaho
Subject:
Alder Creek
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Idaho Social life and customs.
Subject:
Gruber, William
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bakeless Prize
Series Volume:
M/S pt. 4
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.20x5.52x.36 in. .35 lbs.

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When Bill Gruber left Philadelphia for graduate school in Idaho, he and his wife decided to experience true rural living. His longing for the solitude and natural beauty that Thoreau found on Walden Pond led him to buy an abandoned log cabin and its surrounding forty acres in Alder Creek, a town considered small even by Idaho standards. But farm living was far from the bucolic wonderland he expected: he now had to rise with the sun to finish strenuous chores, cope with the lack of modern conveniences, and shed his urban pretensions to become a real local. Despite the initial hardships, he came to realize that reality was far better than his wistful fantasies. Instead of solitude, he found a warm, welcoming community; instead of rural stolidity, he found intelligence and wisdom; instead of relaxation, he found satisfaction in working the land. What began as a two-year experiment became a seven-year love affair with a town he'll always consider home.
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