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Out of the Woods by Lynn  Darling
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Cindy's Rating: 4 stars
This is one of a few books I've read lately exploring the theme of women who have experienced some upheaval in their well designed life...through a death, divorce, empty nest syndrome....and go on to recreate something entirely different in their second half.
Out of the Woods was the best of those books. When her daughter leaves for college, Lynn Darling, a widow, finds herself alone in New York and totally lost. She has no idea what she wants or even who she has become. Searching for clarity she leaves New York and buys a house in the Vermont woods, a house she has only seen in a newspaper real estate advertisement, and embarks on a life she knows nothing about. Now totally adrift, she begins to put herself back together.
One of the inspiring things about this book, reminiscent of "Eat, Pray, Love", was how hard the author wants to succeed on her own despite all the setbacks that occur. And she maintains a sense of humor which made the book fun to read. She continues to get lost, not only metaphorically but actually lost on her own property, and takes a Wilderness Survival class where she learns to use a compass and topo map. She wonders why everyone comments about how brave she is, when a new Vermont friend tells her "Brave is polite for crazy.".
It was an inspiring realistic memoir about relying on yourself when navigating the twists and turns of life.
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04/15/2014 marked as: read

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