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Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Rich with humor and natural history, this memoir describes 25 summers of back-to-the-earth adventure as author William L. Sullivan and his wife Janell build a log cabin by hand along a roadless river deep in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range. Along the way they confront beaver in the refrigerator, raise a family, and puzzle out a murder mystery that had haunted their homes ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Navillus Press
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David Fox
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cabin Fever accompanied my brother and I on our backpacking trip through the Wallowa Mountains. No doubt that added more gravitas to this autobiographical novel as he, his wife and his family return to the wilderness to live as pioneers. The book however is so much more than just a tale of building a cabin with hand tools on a remote forest property deep in the coastal rainforest of Oregon. It's a journey we take with Bill as he relentlessly pursue his passions. Coming out school with a masters ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melody by: Wendy Burton
A lovely memoir of a family and their cabin in the back of Oregon's beyond. Spanning 25 years, it covers both the ridiculous and the sublime. Pets and people come and go, there's a murder mystery simmering on the back burner, and conflicts arise and sometimes get resolved. The cast of characters is strong and the love between the author and his wife is the clear foundation of everything. These are people you'd like to know in real life.

Once again, I find myself in debt to one of the Burton sist
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Melody
Recommended to Wendy by: my dad
A charming, cozy, journal-style book about two young hippies building a log cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, and returning every summer--alone, then with babies, with toddlers, kids, young teens, young adults... you really feel like you're right there and part of this great family. Their nontraditional and often non-ideological approach to life is refreshing.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable account of a young couple who build a log cabin on family land by the Sahalee River in Oregon. Each summer they travel to the cabin and rough it until they Fall when they return to their teaching jobs. They raise a family and enjoy the company of the Sullivan family and their neighbors. One of the most fun parts of the story is their attempt to solve the mystery of the death of a war veteran who had died on the property. Full of the charm of the Oregon community, the beauty ...more
Marie Carmean
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? THIS BOOK was so wonderful...a memoir of the Sullivan family that struck so many chords in my heart, it's hard now to wrap up how I feel about it in a single paragraph review! In 1977 Bill and his young wife decide to build a log cabin with his grandfather's hand tools (no electric saws!) on his parent's property to use as a summer retreat. This is not only the journey of building a rustic cabin in the rainforest off the Oregon coast and learning to live in it each summer, it a ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great memoir to read as I was snug, cozy and protected in my home! Spanning 25 years but mainly concentrating on the early years as the couple was building their primitive log vacation dwelling, this was a tribute to courage and persistence. Dealing with the elements, lack of money or help, any substantial knowledge of building and basically working only about four months a year during summer vacations, the author and his wife managed to construct a quite decent summer retreat. Intere ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really interesting story not only about building and living in your own cabin, but of William Sullivan's journey to become an author. The only thing that was kind of disappointing is that the names of the places in the book are made up to protect the location of his cabin. I understand why, but it left me wondering where this thing really is. Good book with interesting stories.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
An excellent antidote to the Game of Thrones series which I had devoured just prior to this. Bill Sullivan writes honestly, and clearly - while the story is basically a memoir over 25 years, it's also a lovely peek into a family life for better and for worse. A nice daydream.
Kathy Sheridan
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm enjoying this one, although a bit dates, it shows what a man and wife can do with a little determination. It reads like a journal, so you also get a chance to see what their day to day life is like and there is a murder mystery as well!
Apr 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Had the chance to meet this local author when I purchased this book and some of his others on local hikes. It was a real treat to hear him speak. His love of the outdoors is inspiring.
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A gift from my wife Kendel on our 28th anniversary.
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'd give it 5 stars except that I don't like the label "it was amazing" as applied to this book. It was sweet and uplifting and I read it in one day--it was that enjoyable.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sullivan completed his B.A. in English at Cornell University, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon.
In 1985 he backpacked 1000 miles across Oregon's wilderness. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote", topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books and was chosen one of the 100 most significant boo