Have been enjoying this book! Goes quick for people that are on the go and definitely doesn't just apply to people married/with families (I'm in my 20's, but have been loving this book)- very down to earth and I think a lot of us can identify with the author while still learning even more about how to make our lives more sustainable ... Read Moreeach day...
A great read
Having recently become a parent myself, I have struggled with the idea of how to raise my children to enjoy and respect nature, in a culture that is spending more and more time engaged with computers, phones, etc. Tomine's book gives me hope that it can be done in a way that is authentic, meaningful, and fun. His stories of outdoor adventure a... Read Morend self-discovery are filled with humility and humor. A great read for anyone who has an appreciation for the outdoors, whether a parent or not.
I read this on a flight out to Seattle, then hopped the ferry out to Bainbridge. I'm generally a little leery of books that seem to be about raising kids; just not my thing, even though I'm a parent myself. Even though this book is that, sort of, it's way more too. It's a fantastic look at how we can still be successful in livin... Read Moreg lives connected to the natural world, even at the very edge of civilization. Bainbridge Island is very much that. Tomine does a superb job of capturing the salty, wet atmosphere of the place, and I found myself envying his existence, chuckling at the BLUEtarps and pallet boards, and obsessions over getting the wood in. This is no sickly sweet, uber-poetic rumination on nature -- this is the kind that comes warts and all. Highly recommended.
Closer To The Ground
It's like reading a novel by a young, sober, grounded Hemingway. My first reaction was almost sadness because at 71 years I'll probably not be able to move to Bainbridge. My second reaction was fear that as a result of this book too many people might move to Brainbridge. I read the book cover to cover without a pause. Lost in this beautif... Read Moreul view into an ideal family life story. Tomine is brilliant!
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