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Long-Shadowed Forest

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In 1954, Helen Hoover and her husband Adrian left their careers and the big-city life of Chicago to move to a small cabin in the north woods that border Minnesota and Canada. Living without electricity, telephone, or a car, the Hoovers became part of the environment, peacefully coexisting with their wild neighbors. The Long-Shadowed Forest is the amazing record of the Hoov ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the final Helen Hoover book to be reviewed, and I'm frankly sad to leave her wilderness Eden until the next future re-read.

The Long-Shadowed Forest is different in scope from Hoover's previous books (A Place in the Woods, The Years of the Forest and The Gift of the Deer), all three of which described Helen and Ade Hoover's life and nature observations while living in the Minnesota wilderness during the 1950's-early 1970's. Rather, this offering reads more like a primer, as Helen briefly
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, the UP, Wisconsin, and Idaho
Recommended to Ciara by: Salvation Army
I have never met an author that makes the discussion of lichen interesting, until reading Helen Hoover.

This book functions as a field guide/prose version of the life of the forest, through the seasons, and as touched and influenced by Helen and her husband, Ade. It is an excellent discussion of habitat, vegetation, and animal life among the north woods.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is not written as a narrative, like The Gift of the Deer, so even though I am quite interested in the subject matter (trees, birds, animals, etc. of northern Minnesota), it was a bit of a slog at times without a story arc (though there are vignette stories scattered within the chapters). Hoover is a close observer of natural phenomena, and I enjoyed learning more about the north woods and its inhabitants. However (there is usually a "however" in my reading), her tone in this book is at time ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love to read natural history, but I thought this was only OK. I was alternately engaged and put off by the way the author and her husband tame the animals they encounter - not to make pets of them, but hand-feeding them and the like. It was written over 50 years ago, so the different perspective on nature, conservation, how to write about indigenous people (who make one or two brief appearances as weather experts) are all interesting. Another reader mentioned that this was not Hoover's best bo ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another Helen Hoover and another book I didn't want to put down.
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