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Driftwood Valley: A Woman Naturalist in the Northern Wilderness

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A pioneering woman naturalist recounts a magnificent story of adventure and survival in northern British Columbia. Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for excellence in nature writing, the book reveals the daily pleasures and insights sparked by living close to the wild, as well as the isolation, hardships, and struggles.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Oregon State University Press (first published November 12th 1976)
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Alana
Apr 17, 2013 Alana rated it really liked it
What an interesting read!

This book was recommended to me by someone I was talking to about my hiking adventures with Shaun. When I looked it up and found that it was no longer in print, well, that only made me want to get my hands on a copy more! After a bit of a search I finally found a copy that wasn't way overpriced.

I immensely enjoyed reading about Teddy & J's life living in the northern B.C Wilderness. Any book about B.C. is going to be awesome, but I was especially impressed by the des
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Matt Amott
wow! this book is incredible! for me it was the perfect time to read it, as i was leaving one city for a destination unknown. taken from teddy's journal as her and her husband explore the most northern canada at a time when women were not given much chance to explore other options besides home maker. dealing with isolation, local indians and the weather and building their world around them from all that nature had to offer were some of the challenges and rewards. and it reads like a real modern ...more
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Feb 01, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most unique and interesting books I have ever read. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the author grew up a few miles from where I grew up in Northeast PA and that her conservation efforts allowed me to enjoy some of the same places that she did. Her descriptions of the Northern wilderness and the animals that she found there have stirred my curiosity to explore and learn more. The back of my book includes a bibliography and I'm glad it does.
Jennifer Trunkey
I can only imagine taking on this kind of adventure. What an amazing tale of two years spent in Northern B.C: living off the land, collecting samples for the natural history museum, traveling where hardly any white people (let alone a woman) had gone. Really an amazing book. She does such a good job of describing the conditions; I felt the bitter cold when I was reading it, and could practically hear the heinous plague of mosquitoes. I think that this should be required reading for everyone.
Jeni Berkebile
Jul 20, 2016 Jeni Berkebile rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book. Thoroughly enjoyed the story of their lives in the wilderness. Another reviewer's comment about the way they treated animals... we can't comprehend such behavior as times are so different today. Then, that behavior was normal. I highly recommend this book.
Eric
Jul 27, 2011 Eric rated it it was amazing
really special book. loved it so much. a little known classic that i wish i still owned so i could peruse again.
Shelly O'grady
Nov 04, 2009 Shelly O'grady rated it it was amazing
what would Teddy think of me if she heard me complaining about "how cold it is in this 40 degree temp. living room"? I mean really, she'd probably poke my eyes out.
Theodora is my new role model!
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amazing story of life in the wilderness of British Columbia.
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