After Thoreau but before modern 'returning' to the land" memoirs, there was Louise Rich Dickinson. First published in 1942, it is amusing to read about how even then people wondered how someone could stand living in the backwoods of Maine. LRD, an an absolute hoot, answers such questions with a delightful mix of amusing stories, witticisms, and no-nonsense "Well, why not?" Readers of "Ominvore's Dilema", "Farm City" and "The Dirty Life" should add this classic to their back-to-earth collection. - Cressida
In her early thirties, Louise Dickinson Rich took to the woods of Maine with her husband. They found their livelihood and raised a family in the remote backcountry settlement of Middle Dam, in the Rangeley area. Rich made time after morning chores to write about their lives. We Took to the Woods is an adventure story, written with humor, but it also portrays a cherished dream awakened into full life. First published 1942.