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On All Sides Nowhere Building a Life in Rural Idaho

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ISBN-10: 0618189297

ISBN-13: 9780618189298

Edition: 2002

Authors: William Gruber, William E. Gruber

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When Bill Gruber left Philadelphia for graduate school in Idaho, he and his wife decided to experience true rural living. His longing for the solitude and natural beauty that Thoreau found on Walden Pond led him to buy an abandoned log cabin and its surrounding forty acres in Alder Creek, a town considered small even by Idaho standards. But farm living was far from the bucolic wonderland he expected: he now had to rise with the sun to finish strenuous chores, cope with the lack of modern conveniences, and shed his urban pretensions to become a real local. Despite the initial hardships, he came to realize that reality was far better than his wistful fantasies. Instead of solitude, he found a warm, welcoming community; instead of rural stolidity, he found intelligence and wisdom; instead of relaxation, he found satisfaction in working the land. What began as a two-year experiment became a seven-year love affair with a town he'll always consider home.
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Book details

List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

William Gruber is a professor of English at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but spends his summers in Alder Creek, Idaho.

Foreword
Preface
On All Sides Nowhere
Things That Came with the Place
Locals
The White Fir
Immigrants and Emigrants
Falling Trees
Hay for the Horses
Builders, Buildings, and Build-Ons
Scrounging
Backwoods Mechanics
Why They Shoot Bears in Alder Creek
At the Bend in the River Where the Cottonwoods Grow