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Woodswoman IV: Book Four of the Woodswoman's Adventures


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Anne LaBastille and her German shepherds experience more daring, death defying encounters in the wilderness, and with humans, than ever before. WOODSWOMAN IIII covers five years, rather than ten, since life has speeded up both at her log cabin and old farm. Anne juggles hard to achieve balance between making a living as a freelance writer and publisher, and as a cabin-dwel ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by West of the Wind Pubns
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Marty Hogan
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The trilogy of "Woodswoman" has gone one step further by allowing the public one more look into Dr. Anne LaBastille's unique wilderness life. One might get the feeling that after dozens of conservationist and environmental oriented books that Dr. LaBastille might tire of letting the public peer into her private life. Fortunately for us, this didn't happen.

"Woodswoman IIII" is more than just another tapestry of stories and events of these last five years. It marks an abrupt change in the life of
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
And here we are, at the last book in the Woodswoman series, oddly enough numbered IIII rather than IV. Anne LaBastille has carried us, her readers, through nearly four decades of living in the Adirondacks, a decade per book, with this last one covering about half that.

The series begins with LaBastille building a log cabin in Adirondack wilderness shortly after a divorce in her mid 20s. Now, she is a much older woman, however sprite and spunky, still. Her wilderness living is not so wild anymore,
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I've enjoyed learning about Anne's life but I thought this one could have benefited from having an editor.
I think this obituary does a great job in summing up Anne LaBastille's spirit.

I've found her series of books to be addictive. I greatly admire her vibrancy and independence and just dogged persistence. She has been described as the female Thoreau. No doubt she had her contradictions, some of which are mentioned in the article above. For me, it was puzzling after reading about the self-sufficiency of living in her rustic cabin, environmental passions, and d
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved all of her books - she died in 2011, and a friend and myself went up to Twitchell Lake to honor her memory. While she was alive, she called her tiny lake Black Bear Lake to keep nosy readers like me away! After her death, the actual lake was disclosed and it was right near where we were camping that summer, so we just stood at the boat launch and remembered her. Anne LaBastille really helped me learn to love the Adirondacks! Thanks, Anne!
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outdoors
I finished this book while on a hiking trip in the Mojave Desert, and it was a great place to read more stories from the Woodswoman. I'm sure she would have appreciated the sun and fresh air, though her beloved German Shepherds wouldn't have fared well.

I've read all four of the Woodwoman books now, and overall, they are a charming collection for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
I recently learned that Dr. LaBastille passed away in July 2011. This book is not the charming volume that the first three were, but I value it as part of the series. My copy is signed, too, which makes it all the more valuable to me.

Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A readable good book.

This is just what it says, and continues the story (true) of Anne LaBastille.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved every book in this series. Feeling sad that this is the last. What a remarkable woman and remarkable life.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is not like the first 2 books, more a collection of short stories about Anne's Adirondack friends. It has not much new about Anne's life to offer.
I was disappointed.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-read
I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed seeing how the series wrapped up and what happened with Anne. However it felt like it kind of wandered from topic to topic. It also focuses a lot on her dogs which I know is a thread throughout the other books but the dogs always seem to be a part of her experience in the wilderness and with her writing in the other books. In this one, I felt like it lost a lot of the connection to nature that I enjoyed so much. Still glad I read it and if you have read the ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the first three books of this series were certainly personal in nature (no pun intended) this fourth book includes several accounts of VERY personal instances in LaBastile’s life. The rescuing of an abandoned kitten, the death of a beloved shepherd, times spent with trusted friends, a near death encounter with drunken red-necks, and establishing her own “book factory”.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More of Anne's adventures. Exceptional!
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Anne LaBastille was an American author and ecologist. She was the author of more than a dozen books, including Woodswoman, Beyond Black Bear Lake, Woodswoman III, Woodswoman IIII, Assignment:Wildlife, and Women of the Wilderness. She also wrote more than 150 popular articles and over 25 scientific papers. She received her doctorate degree in Wildlife Ecology from Cornell University in 1969. She al ...more

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