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Winter by Rick Bass
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Mar 10, 08

Read in January, 2006

The second book I read, and one of my favorites, by Rick Bass, a writer I feel does not get the attention he deserves. Writing in the tradition of a modern day Walden, Bass recounts his journey from the city to the Yaak Valley in Montana, the most remote place he can find. Moving to a small cabin he finds out quickly just how little he knows about living in this harsh, new environment. As he adjusts he discovers a new life where only the bare essentials are needed to survive. Except for a handful of neighbors and the regulars at the Dirty Shame tavern, Bass shares his valley with various wild animals, lots of snow and silence. Like Walden, he suggests that tremendous value exists in the wilderness away from the roaring crowds. Anyone who has ever thought about getting away from it all will find themselves envious of a man who actually did.
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