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The acclaimed author of The End of Nature takes a three-week walk from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the deep hope he finds in the two landscapes.

Bill McKibben begins his journey atop Vermonts Mt. Abraham, with a stunning view to the west that introduces us to the broad Champlain Valley of Vermont, the expanse of Lake Champlain, and behind it the towering wall of the Adirondacks. “In my experience,” McKibben tells us, “the world contains no finer blend of soil and rock and water and forest than that found in this scene laid out before me—a few just as fine, perhaps, but none finer. And no place where the essential human skills—cooperation, husbandry, restraint—offer more possibility for competent and graceful inhabitation, for working out the answers that the planet is posing in this age of ecological pinch and social fray.”

The region he traverses offers a fine contrast between diverse forms of human habitation and pure wilderness. On the Vermont side, he visits with old friends who are trying to sustain traditional ways of living on the land and to invent new ones, from wineries to biodiesel. After crossing the lake in a rowboat, he backpacks south for ten days through the vast Adirondack woods. As he walks, he contemplates the questions that he first began to raise in his groundbreaking meditation on climate change, The End of Nature: What constitutes the natural? How much human intervention can a place stand before it loses its essence? What does it mean for a place to be truly wild?

Wandering Home is a wise and hopeful book that enables us to better understand these questions and our place in the natural world. It also represents some of the best nature writing McKibben has ever done.


The bestselling author of "The End of Nature" walks from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the two landscapes, places of diverse human habitation and pure wilderness that share a border.

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Bill McKibben is the author of, most recently, Enough and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. A scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, he lives with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter in the mountains above Lake Champlain in Ripton, Vermont. Their house in the Adirondacks is in Johnsburg, New York.

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bookends, June 30, 2008 (view all comments by bookends)
Bill Mckibben is a wonderful writer who writes from the heart about his beloved home in the Adirondacks. This book follows a 3 week trek where he observes the forces of the wonderful outdoors and the encroaching McMansions, overdeveloped subdivisions and the pristine beauty that is nature. A great book to share with friends and family.
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A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks
Mckibben, Bill
McKibben, Bill
Social life and customs
United States - Mid Atlantic - New York
Essays & Travelogues
United States - New England - Vermont
Vermont Social life and customs.
Adirondack mountains (n.y.)
Travel Writing-General
Crown Journeys
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7.88x5.30x.72 in. .59 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Americana » New England and Mid Atlantic
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