Woodswoman III – Anne LaBastille, 1997

I forgot to say in my previous Anne LaBastille post that I’m re-reading these books because a library patron requested them through interlibrary loan, so I’m piggy-backing on his requests (except for book #1, which I own). I’d never even heard of book #3 until I looked up LaBastille’s works for the patron. It’s self-published, and this copy is signed (I guess she sells most copies of her more recent books directly, according to a chapter in this one about her publishing and book-selling ventures entitled “An Ol’ Book Peddler.”) Black Bear Lake is getting more crowded, technology has taken over more of her life, and this time around, though there is a new dog, there’s no new romance. Life is harder, as LaBastille shows by sharing details of her frazzled freelancing business, health concerns, and, sadly, harassment for her outspoken environmental views. Two chapters entitled “Anatomy of an Eco-Catastrophe” tell of increasing conflict at Black Bear Lake between the “small boaters” like Anne and “big boaters” who want to roar around on the lake with huge motors that threaten the peace of the lake and bother the loons. The book ends before a final resolution (the town was possibly going to hold more hearings about new regulations)–I hope the small boaters won…. According to this article in a Cornell alumni magazine, Woodswoman IIII (*) came out in 2003, so I’ll try to track that down for my patron and myself.

(*) In the first version of this post, I added “sic” and wondered why she didn’t use IV originally, but Jonathan (who kindly reads these entries for typos, bad grammar, infelicity, lack of clarity, and factual/logical errors–thank you j-hay!) told me he’d heard that superstitious Romans preferred IIII because they didn’t like to use the first letters of Jupiter’s name. In attempting to confirm that I found this facinating page.

One thought on “Woodswoman III – Anne LaBastille, 1997

  1. Enjoyed your comments on Anne LaBastille. I read “Woodswoman” when it first came out and again just recently when I picked it up at a yard sale, along with “Beyond Black Bear Lake”. It seemed to verbalize an inner longing I’d had for a long time to get back to nature and be self reliant. Didn’t get back to nature, learned self reliance in a harder school, but still enjoy the thought that someone else has managed it.

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