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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill McKibben Narrator: Bill McKibben Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The acclaimed author of The End of Nature takes a three-week walk from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the deep hope he finds in the two landscapes.

Bill McKibben begins his journey atop Vermont's Mt. Abraham, with a stunning view to the west that introduces us to the broad Champlain Valley of Vermont, the expanse of Lake Champlain, and behind it the towering wall of the Adirondacks. In my experience, McKibben tells us, the world contains no finer blend of soil and rock and water and forest than that found in this scene laid out before me - a few just as fine, perhaps, but none finer. And no place where the essential human skills, cooperation, husbandry, restraint, offer more possibility for competent and graceful inhabitation, for working out the answers that the planet is posing in this age of ecological pinch and social fray.

The region he traverses offers a fine contrast between diverse forms of human habitation and pure wilderness. On the Vermont side, he visits with old friends who are trying to sustain traditional ways of living on the land and to invent new ones, from wineries to biodiesel. After crossing the lake in a rowboat, he backpacks south for 10 days through the vast Adirondack woods. As he walks, he contemplates the questions that he first began to raise in his groundbreaking meditation on climate change, The End of Nature: What constitutes the natural? How much human intervention can a place stand before it loses its essence? What does it mean for a place to be truly wild?

Wandering Home is a wise and hopeful book that enables us to better understand these questions and our place in the natural world. It also represents some of the best nature writing McKibben has ever done. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/20/2014

    " Really great. Interwoven with McKibben's experience of a particular journey through familiar terrain, he also very thoughtfully explores conflicting, and changing, perspectives on environmentalism and wild places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Xiaomin Zu | 2/20/2014

    " A very nice little book to read in a pleasant afternoon. I like McKibben's style. It truly shows us another way of living by the land, not just on the land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely, fluid prose, poetic writing style. Made me want to visit Vermont, or at least go on a hike in a wilderness area. I just had one question that nagged at me throughout the book, though - how does McKibben afford his living? Virtually no salary as a scholar-in-residence at a local college, writing books, going on hikes, being an environmentalist and activist and owning two homes. I want his life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam Morel | 2/7/2014

    " For anyone who likes to walk. "

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