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On All Sides Nowhere: Building a Life in Rural Idaho

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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 buc ...more
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Published August 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Annie
Mar 24, 2012 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in light of an impending move to Idaho, and it fit the bill for what I was looking for. It's a chronicle of a time the author spent living as a graduate student in Idaho, where he and his wife chose to get a house way out in the middle of the country. The main message here is that often the more isolated you become geographically, the closer you are to your community. It's clear that Gruber considers the time he spent there as some of the best, if not the best years in his life, and ...more
Tom
Oct 23, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I was looking for someone's thoughts and experiences about life in rural Idaho and was rewarded by a book that not only proved very insightful but is so well written that is very hard to put down.

The author artfully paints a picture of what his experiences were through a series of anecdotal essays, all of which contain hidden gems of the practical aspects of such a life. His style is humorous yet meaningful. The book is full of literary references that make me want to
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Amy
Aug 10, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
This book somewhat goes in chronological order from when the author moved to Northern Idaho until he moves to Atlanta. He has an interesting way of describing his experiences about learning to live in a very rural area. He talks about Coeur d'Alene and Moscow, ID a lot, both towns that I'm familiar with, so I had a general idea about the area he was living in.
Corrie
Jan 22, 2008 Corrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I've read this book of essays about living in Northern Idaho in the late 70s. It makes me feel like I'm at home again...
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