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Out of the Woods

A Memoir of Wayfinding

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Combining the soul-baring insight of Wild, the profound wisdom of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and the adventurous spirit of Eat, Pray, Love: Lynn Darling’s powerful, lyrical memoir of self-discovery, full of warmth and wry humor, Out of the Woods.

When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed over a decade earlier, finds herself alone—and utterly lost, with no idea of what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she leaves New York for the solitary woods of Vermont. Removed from the familiar, cocooned in the natural world, her only companions a new dog and a compass, she hopes to develop a sense of direction—both in the woods and in her life.

Hiking unmapped trails, Darling meditates on the milestones of her past; as she adapts to her new surroundings, she uses the knowledge she’s gained to chart her future. And when an unexpected setback nearly derails her newfound balance, she is able to draw upon her newfound skills to find her bearings and stay the course.

In revealing how one woman learned to navigate—literally and metaphorically—the uneven course of life, Out of the Woods is, in the words of Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks,  “a marvelous book . . . both a compass and a manifesto for navigating the often-treacherous switchbacks of the second half of life.” 

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 23, 2015 – Just before Halloween 1983, a mental hospital in rural Pennsylvania that’s about to be shuttered gets one final patient: Gary McCoy, who claims to be the harbinger of an unspeakable horror. Dr. Robert Gaskell sees a chance to make some money writing about McCoy’s delusions, but soon his greatest ambition is to stay alive in a horror story that uses familiar tropes to good effect. Using Gaskell’s first-person voice to keep the reader close to the terror, Carl (the Werewolf Apocalypse saga) provides vivid descriptions that will make even veteran horror readers wince. Gaskell is imperfect but likable, balancing ambition, love, and his own demons. In this world, everything Lovecraft wrote about is real, and the story builds to a climax with the protagonists trapped between cosmic creatures and insane, deformed humans who worship them. Horror aficionados will thrill to the heartbreaking final moments of this fast-paced novel, which is perfect for a dark and stormy night.

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Out of the woods

Loved the story. However it felt like she did a lot of fill in with history and facts that ended up boring me. I would have loved more of her actual life story however boring.. They would have been her stories.

Out of the Woods
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jan 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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