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Out of the woods : a memoir of wayfinding, Lynn Darling

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Out of the woods : a memoir of wayfinding
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Out of the woods
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a memoir of wayfinding
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Lynn Darling
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eng
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"Combining the soul-baring insight of Wild, the profound wisdom of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and the adventurous spirit of Eat, Pray, Love, Lynn Darling's powerful, lyrical memoir of self-discovery, full of warmth and wry humor, Out of the Woods. When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed over a decade earlier, finds herself alone--and utterly lost, with no idea of what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she leaves New York for the solitary woods of Vermont. Removed from the familiar, cocooned in the natural world, her only companions a new dog and a compass, she hopes to develop a sense of direction--both in the woods and in her life. Hiking unmapped trails, Darling meditates on the milestones of her past; as she adapts to her new surroundings, she uses the knowledge she's gained to chart her future. And when an unexpected setback nearly derails her newfound balance, she is able to draw upon her newfound skills to find her bearings and stay the course. In revealing how one woman learned to navigate--literally and metaphorically--the uneven course of life, Out of the Woods is, in the words of Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, 'a marvelous book; both a compass and a manifesto for navigating the often-treacherous switchbacks of the second half of life'"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ In a radiant, brave memoir, Darling, a journalist and memoirist (Necessary Sins), recalls a difficult time shortly after her daughter goes off to college and Darling moves from New York City to the remote woods of Woodstock, Vt. A widow in her mid-’50s, Darling finds the woods around her small, eclectic house at the end of the road inviting yet frightening, and soon learns how “directionally challenged” she is—thus vulnerable. Having fled her life in the city out of a sense of failure and shame, she admits that she no longer knows what map of her life . She turns to a point by point “metaphysical” to-do list, including “get sense of direction; find authentic way to live; figure out how to be old; deal with sex; learn Latin.” With her companion a yellow Lab puppy she named Henry, and occasionally help from wilderness experts—or a compass and a map—Darling embarks on a clarifying journey of self-navigation. Despite being sidetracked by cancer and a year of grueling treatments, which she endured largely alone, she gradually finds her moorings, emerging from this dark spell with a profound and grateful understanding of what it means to take responsibility for yourself. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 4, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 44, p)
  • One woman's melancholic search for herself amid the woods of Vermont. Darling (Necessary Sins, 2007) takes readers on a slow journey of self-discovery, chronicling how she learned the ins and outs of living in rural Vermont. Once her daughter had started college, the apartment they shared in New York City after Darling's husband had died seemed too full of past memories. The author was ready to try her hand at a new adventure: "I would move to Vermont, to the little house I bought. I would buy a dog and live in the country. I would reinvent myself, a woman alone, solitary and self-contained." With that spirit, Darling packed up some belongings and moved to a small, owner-built, somewhat funky house tucked into the woods. Alone and dependent on her own resourcefulness, the author had to learn to navigate the tricky solar-power system and cranky generator, the mice in the ceiling and the collapsing roof on the woodshed. But she was stuck in limbo, unable to unpack, unable to write, unable to face the task of doing, so she ventured outdoors instead. The forest around her was an alien and unreadable landscape, as foreign as the woman she was trying to discover in herself. She stuck to the known paths while the narrow deer trails beckoned to her, egging her on to venture past the safe and narrow roadways. A routine doctor's visit and the unexpected diagnosis of cancer quickly catapulted Darling into foreign territory. From that point, she slowly and methodically discovered her route back to health and self-awareness. Haunting and lyrical, Darling's journey through unknown forests, both physical and emotional, resonates with longings, hopes, fears and a stalwart courage to conquer them all. Evocative ruminations on getting older and discovering the links between nature and self.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013)
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autobiography
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10262139
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Darling, Lynn
Dewey number
305.244/2
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.D236
LC item number
A3 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Darling, Lynn
  • Middle-aged women
  • Widows
  • Women journalists
  • Life change events
  • Solitude
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Self-actualization (Psychology)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • Woodstock (Vt.)
  • Woodstock (Vt.)
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a memoir of wayfinding
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Out of the woods : a memoir of wayfinding, Lynn Darling
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997838
Dimensions
22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9780061710247
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(hbk.)
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2013026036
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Out of the woods : a memoir of wayfinding, Lynn Darling
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www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/tiff/7/9780061710247.tif
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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997838
Dimensions
22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9780061710247
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013026036
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9780061710247

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