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The Way Home [Paperback]

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Winner of the 2002 Tupelo Press Prose Award

"A wonderful achievement. I read it one sitting. It's beautifully written, very compelling"-Deborah Tall

"Somewhere around the age of 40, when I should have been deciding if I wanted to take my last chance at having a second child, should have been looking for a good job to replace the one that had recently ended . . . I began instead to learn everything I could about staying out all night in the woods. Since I live in Manhattan, this pursuit could hardly be construed as even marginally relevant to my real life."

Provocative from the beginning, this true tale wanders through the serious, the mundane and the humorous as the author seeks to find her way home physically and emotionally.

A seasoned hiker and weekend outdoor enthusiast, Wein moves from New York to a rural Adirondack town. One day like any other, she and her partner take a walk in the woods and don't come back for a long time. From this event-getting lost in the primeval splendor (and terror) of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park-the narrative winds backward and forward, examining how they came to be at this perplexing place in their lives, and where, day after sweaty day, they are going. The couple's predicament sparks a life-long romance with the wilderness that parallels the perils and pleasures of their own midlife romance.

Reminiscent of Gretal Ehrlich, Annie Dillard, and Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, Bibi Wein proves herself just as thoughtful a chronicler of human and natural mores.

The Way Home is Bibi Wein's third book. She has written dozens of features for national magazines, including Adirondack Life, Omni and Harper's. One chapter of The Way Home will be serialized in the fall Adirondack Life.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Tupelo Press
ISBN  1932195130  
ISBN13  9781932195132  

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Enjoyable, Humorous and Real  Dec 21, 2006
Spending time in the Adirondack mountains offers an opportunity to be exposed to consistently interesting experiences. Some are on the strange side, like stopping at the corner store and relizing the man in front of you has a tatoo on his arm that is the likeness of himself. Some may be surprisingly awesome, like being at the golf course and as you approach the 4th hole, you notice that a bear is crossing the nearby stream. In Bibi Wein's book, The Way Home, she is able to express the gems of the mountains with casual preciseness and tell a good story at the same time. The Adirondack mountains have an environment something akin to magic that Wein, simply put, nails as a writer. I love this book.
Reflective and worthy of a read  Sep 18, 2005
I'll forgo all of the points mentioned in previous customer reviews as I agree with all of them. Bibi Wein does something else, something more palpable for the dreamer and lover of the Adirondacks. Bibi forced me to revisit my inability to make the jump from "civiliation" to the woods. My decisions have haunted me, and Bibi strikes a balance denying neither world.

It may not be possible for all of us to have the opportunity to live a duel life as she does, but she earned it. She has paid her dues as a writer and it is evident in The Way Home. The prose is tight and clear. Bibi Wein entices the reader with both the beauty of the Adirondack life as well as not being oblivious to its drawbacks and quirky characters. Her loving portrayal of her neighbor, Jim, is a tribute to their friendship.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. Adirondack books have been marginal in my mind (though I love them all). This book stands without the aid of regionalism. A great read for all contemplative souls.
This is the first-person story of a 40-something writer and her boyfriend, Bob. Both city dwellers and frustrated nature lovers, they decide to buy a log cabin in the Adirondacks for vacations. The book is compelling, beautifully written (almost cinematically vivid at times) and often funny. In the first section, the couple gets hopelessly lost in the thick, unmapped woods for 2 days. At one point they are so frightened that they hear a gritty sceam and assume it's a bobcoat. With the next scream, they realize with embarrassment it was just a furious owl. The second section deals with community: Although Wein and her partner make several close friends, the issues of logging and pollution create conflict at some point. Nonetheless, most of their relationships recover and the couple thrives. And Wein, who had always felt rootless, finally feels peaceful and fulfilled--with a place in the natural world.
A Book About Everything  Jan 24, 2005
The jacket copy of this page-turner rightly says that it springs from the tradition of WALDEN, and this is pertinent not only to the strength and beauty of the nature writing--the author's account of how she has found a second home in the Adirondacks--but to the complex ways she connects this experience and how she feels about it with every other important aspect of her life, her personality, and her way of making sense of the world. It's as much a book about her relationship to Bob, her partner, as it is a book about the woods, and one of its most impressive achievements is to dissolve those two subjects into one, to the point where they can't really be separated. More generally, Wein expands autobiography and self-scrutiny to take in all the things that surround them, which turns out to be just about everything.

I was deeply moved and affected by the troubling story of Jim, one of her neighbors, and her earlier account of getting lost in the woods is another classic example of how gracefully the prose can move from microcosm to macrocosm and back again. THE WAY HOME is a very exciting and satisfying piece of writing.

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