Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- the Northern Forest by David Dobbs and Richard Ober

Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- the Northern Forest by David Dobbs and Richard Ober

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The Northern Forest, by David Dobbs & Richard Ober. Chelsea Green Publishing Co., White River Junction, VT 05001 (1995). 288 pp. Hardcover. ISBN 0-90031-72-5. $23.

This book was written to tell the story of the forests of northern New England and New York through the eyes and hearts of those who live there. But the authors soon "realized that the relationship between people and land was more than a good way to tell this complex story...it was the story."

Like an old family album--and unlike more scholarly analyses of the forces reshaping this region (see "Reviews," March/April 1995)--this is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people who live in the Northern Forest. In places, the fine details of daily life are almost tedious, but they never lack warmth and insight. The Northern Forest is one of those rare books that make readers feel as if they are meeting new friends.

But it is also a painful experience to realize how the changes sweeping the region are making increasingly difficult the daily struggle to live off the land. …

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