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Cabin fever : a suburban father's search for the wild / Tom Montgomery Fate.

By: Montgomery-Fate, Tom.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2011Description: xv, 207 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0807000965 (hbk.); 9780807000960 (hbk.).Other title: Suburban father's search for the wild.Subject(s): Alternative lifestyles -- United States | Conservation of natural resources -- United States | Environmentalism -- United States | Green movement -- United States | Self-reliant living -- United States | Sustainable living -- United States
Contents:
Deliberate life : a search for balance -- Picking blackberries : nature and technology -- In plain sight : vision and revision -- Fathers watching sons : windows and mirrors -- Saunter : reason and instinct -- The gay cardinal : love and instinct -- Cabin fever : alone and lonely -- In the time of the cicada : patience and passion -- Mushrooms : love and sex -- Lake glass : childhood and parenthood -- A box of wind : nature and religion -- Trimming trees : self-reliance and self-destruction -- Constructing truth : wood and word -- Falling apart : death and birth -- Coyotes at the mall : predators and prey -- The art of dying : art and activism -- Cougars in the corn : facts and truths -- A familial darkness : desperation and deliberation -- Travelling at night : seers and seekers -- Slow pilgrim : walking and praying.
Summary: "A modern Walden--if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan--Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high-tech, materialist culture"-- provided by publisher.
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Adult Book Adult Book Main Library
NonFiction 333.72 M787 (Browse shelf) Available 33111006768721
Adult Book Adult Book Northport Library
NonFiction 333.72 M787 (Browse shelf) Available 33111006093179
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A modern Walden --if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan-- Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high-tech, materialist culture.

Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan. This is the serious yet irreverent sensibility that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit-philosopher's insights to a busy modern life.

Tom Montgomery Fate lives in a Chicago suburb, where he is a husband, father, professor, and active member of his community. He also lives in a cabin built with the help of friends in the Michigan woods, where he walks by the river, chops wood, and reads Thoreau by candle light.

While he divides his time between suburbia and the cabin, Fate's point is not to draw a line between the two but to ask what each has to say about the other. How do we balance nature (picking blackberries) with technology (tapping BlackBerrys)? What is revealed about human boundaries when a coyote wanders into a Quiznos? Can a cardinal protecting chicks from a hungry cat teach us anything about instincts and parenting? Fate seeks a more attentive, deliberate way of seeing the world and our place in it, not only among the trees and birds but also in the context of our relationships and society.

A seasonal nature memoir, Cabin Fever takes readers on a search for the wild both in the woods and within ourselves. Although we are often estranged from nature in our daily lives, Fate shows that we can recover our kinship with the earth and its other inhabitants if we are willing to pay attention.

In his exploration of how we are to live "a more deliberate life" amid a high-tech, material world, Fate invites readers into an interrogation of their own lives, and into a new kind of vision: the possibility of enough in a culture of more.

Includes bibliographical references.

Deliberate life : a search for balance -- Picking blackberries : nature and technology -- In plain sight : vision and revision -- Fathers watching sons : windows and mirrors -- Saunter : reason and instinct -- The gay cardinal : love and instinct -- Cabin fever : alone and lonely -- In the time of the cicada : patience and passion -- Mushrooms : love and sex -- Lake glass : childhood and parenthood -- A box of wind : nature and religion -- Trimming trees : self-reliance and self-destruction -- Constructing truth : wood and word -- Falling apart : death and birth -- Coyotes at the mall : predators and prey -- The art of dying : art and activism -- Cougars in the corn : facts and truths -- A familial darkness : desperation and deliberation -- Travelling at night : seers and seekers -- Slow pilgrim : walking and praying.

"A modern Walden--if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan--Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high-tech, materialist culture"-- provided by publisher.

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