April 3, 2013

A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife

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Never underestimate the power of literature to inspire someone to change their life. A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife by Sydney Lea is such a book of tales that makes one realize where you live does matter. I have always espoused that happiness is not conditional to location, yet it certainly does provide a backdrop for adventures.

A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea's powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic illustrations of the blending of the human and natural worlds; emotion is attached to both spheres and adds texture to the sketches. Readers of varied interests will be drawn to the sincerity of the author's voice.

A notable writer and poet, Lea's lyrical writing preserves a picture of people and places from the past with vivid scenes recalling former times and contrasting them with modern life. Thoughtful portraits of New England elders and the author's friends bring to life the outdoors as seen through many different eyes, inspiring readers to take a new look at the world around them. With the author's knack for descriptive language, this compelling read will strike a chord with anyone interested in the contemplative side of nature--which, in truth, is most of us.


Although I am not a hunter or fisherman, there is a lot I can connect to in this book. The love and connection to a river, the ominous observations of nature and how it is changing, building that first fire in the woodstove when the seasons change, etc.

This book is heavy on the hunting, but it is enjoyable even if you are not one to go bag your dinner.

Lea is Vermont's Poet Laureate.

I could not find any information about recycled paper or FSC-certification from the publisher.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 3, 2013 10:45 AM

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