Nature's Housekeeper

Nature s Housekeeper We ve all read books that changed our lives but one college professor gets than he bargains for when he picks up a dusty dog eared copy of the American classic Walden by Henry David Thoreau Proud pos

  • Title: Nature's Housekeeper
  • Author: Michael Gurnow The Aldo Leopold Foundation Lawton Grinter
  • ISBN: 9781935628484
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • We ve all read books that changed our lives but one college professor gets than he bargains for when he picks up a dusty, dog eared copy of the American classic Walden by Henry David Thoreau Proud postmodern consumer and card carrying member of the I Hate Nature Club, Michael Gurnow is content in his role as American literature professor at a Midwest college EveryWe ve all read books that changed our lives but one college professor gets than he bargains for when he picks up a dusty, dog eared copy of the American classic Walden by Henry David Thoreau Proud postmodern consumer and card carrying member of the I Hate Nature Club, Michael Gurnow is content in his role as American literature professor at a Midwest college Everything changes once he gets done reading Thoreau s masterpiece Realizing he has been living a life of quiet desperation, it suddenly occurs to him that even though it s his job to teach tales of other people s adventures, he hasn t lived any of his own.Without a second thought, Gurnow hands in his resignation before driving to the nearest state park and applies to be the wilderness equivalent of a construction worker How hard can trail maintenance be he asks himself It s a minimum wage job He quickly learns there s a difference between book smarts and common sense In this mile a minute comedy of errors, Gurnow discovers why it s a bad idea to get into a fistfight with a mudslide, horny hornets are a force to be reckoned with, being able to identify poison ivy is a grossly undervalued skill, and you can t outrun deer even if you re naked.With a tie dye cast of characters, Gurnow compresses several hard won years in the wilderness into four side splitting seasons With his newly minted critical eye toward consumer culture, he reveals the surprisingly complex world of trail maintenance while taking the reader on a guided, philosophic tour of the nature classics Introduction by The Aldo Leopold Foundation Afterword by Lawton Grinter, author of I Hike.

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    1. Michael Gurnow The Aldo Leopold Foundation Lawton Grinter says:

      Find Michael Gurnow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or his personal website, Primitivarum.Author of the bestsellers THE EDWARD SNOWDEN AFFAIR Blue River Press, 363 pgs and NATURE S HOUSEKEEPER Blue River Press, 215 pgs introduction by The Aldo Leopold Foundation afterword by Lawton Grinter, author of I HIKE He is editor of the award winning blog, THE THOR CHALLENGE A wild and hilarious masterpiece NATURE S HOUSEKEEPER is full of wisdom and sudden insights that will take you by surprise Daniel Quinn, author of ISHMAEL and THE STORY OF B Intellectually profound yet outrageously funny British Mountaineering Council Ambassador and Outdoor Writers Guild Award winner Chris Townsend.

    2. An overall enjoyable read by and about a university professor who decided to give up his lifestyle and become a trail maintenance worker in a Missouri State Park.His familiarization with the new job, especially problems with plants, animals, and the rigors of the weather, make up the core of the book. The subtitle Eco-Comedy meets the content pretty well. For me personally, it seems, however, that the Eco-thought gets a bit lost under the comedy. Some humor also goes right past me. This may be d [...]

    3. I laughed my behind off throughout Nature's Housekeeper by Michael Gurnow. I can't tell you how many times I busted up laughing out loud (really), not to mention laughing until I cried a few times. My husband is thoroughly convinced now that he married a crazy person. As funny as the memoir is, it makes a profound statement about our lives and the choices we make, the sacrifices we make without even realizing that we are giving anything up. I'll be digging out my old copy of Thoreau's Walden as [...]

    4. Nature's Housekeeper is a hoot. The author takes the reader down the trails of life; through wood and concrete jungle, alike, seeking answers to profound questions. What makes a person happy? What does an all-elusive Missouri tree-snorer look like? Is there a tree-hugging identity clause in marriage certificates? Are cushy-office jobs, bankrolls and gadgets superior in the happiness market; or, are the parables and adages of old correct in their presumptions that the subtle is beautiful, persona [...]

    5. Warning: This book I would Rate PG-13 for language. If you are OK with George Carlin's humor you should be ok with Nature's Housekeeper.We are all connected to nature. It is in our DNA. Every one of us descended from successful hunters: Our ancestors told stories around the glow of firelight under a wondrous sky and their food, water, clothing, fuel, and medicine came directly from the wild. Homo sapiens evolved with nature, not separate from it.Michael Gurnow’s newest book, Nature’s Houseke [...]

    6. I want to thank Michael Gurnow and First Reads Giveaway for my copy of Nature's Housekeeper that I won in the Giveaway.The description is accurate in that the author delivers his personal experiences when he changes jobs from a college professor to a maintenance trail worker in a state park in Missouri. His inexperience with being in nature attributes to his almost unbelievable interaction with wasps, poison ivy and nettles. His approach to learning his job is to try his best each day and go ho [...]

    7. Just found out that I won this book in the First Reads giveaway. Looks like a good read. I always say that I love to get into nature, but do I really get into it that much? Some nature drives me buggy! Like this summer's infestation of cicadas in the backyard?I finished this book about a week ago and posted my review1 AAuugghh--it's gone!It was very interesting how Michael went from reading about life and teaching literature to help others do the same to becoming a Trail Maintenance Workerin a s [...]

    8. Interesting change in career, learn about nature and trail maintenance overview of a lot of nature literature,Honestly thought the book could have made a great short story and not lost much First 50 pages dedicated to previously unsuccessful accounts with nature were boring, disappointing ending1-2 funny stories and few well stated observations " For better or for worse not an either or situation", etcDid not find it particularly well written pictures would have enhanced storyHard to get - had t [...]

    9. Thoreau meets Hunter S. Thompson in NATURE'S HOUSEKEEPER, Michael Gurnow's witty addition to the naturalist shelf. Get ready to giggle, guffaw, and LOL all over your new Timberlands: NATURE'S HOUSEKEEPER follows one man's morph from hapless Ranger Ned into sly Deerslayer, from a wasp- and nettle- and pride-stung rube into a mind skinny dipping in the green outlands. And just like that Transcendentalist blue-jay Thoreau, Gurnow teaches you a D.I.Y. survival trick or three while making you laugh y [...]

    10. Talk a walk in the woods with Nature’s Housekeeper and be prepared to laugh out loud. The shenanigans in this eco-comedy will make it a book that is hard to put down. As for me, a girl raised in the country, I became a city girl with time. This book renewed my sense of adventure within nature and forced me to consider how long of a hike I can take without a meltdown. Filled with humor, crazy antics, sarcasm and hi-jinx, you will not be disappointed.

    11. Book received for free from GoodReads First ReadsThis book was a lot of fun. The author was really relatable and had a tongue-in-cheek tone throughout the whole book. Even when I wasn't laughing out loud about his "adventures", I was smiling. I was very disappointed when I realized I had turned the last page.

    12. Got this through First Reads Giveaway.This was a great book to read. Definitely made me want to experience a hiking trip in one of the state parks. Also made me think out of the box about trail maintenance workers and appreciate them. Made me want to read Walden too, it's kind of nice to go out of daily routines and experience the exquisite every now and then :)

    13. This book made me realize that I actually love memoirs. I've always labelled myself as a fantasy/science fiction reader, but this book was so hilarious and interesting that I emerged from my fantasy shell.

    14. I received this book for free through First Reads . I enjoyed reading this book .I will be looking for more books from the author in the future , Great book !!

    15. extremely funny.t really creates desire to head to the trails and experience it all for one's self.

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