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The Long-Shadowed Forest

1998
Author:

Helen Hoover
Illustrations by Adrian Hoover

The Long-Shadowed Forest

A beloved naturalist’s guide to the northern wilderness around her remote cabin.

The Long-Shadowed Forest is the amazing record of the Hoovers’ relationship with deer, mice, birds, squirrels, moose, and other creatures of the forest. Delighting readers since their first publication in 1963, these stories of daily life in the woods and vivid descriptions of a fascinating variety of plants and animals have an enduring popularity.

Helen Hoover is one of those rare writers who can describe the natural world warmly, intimately, and affectionately without being in the least sentimental or childish.

Paul Gruchow

In 1954, Helen Hoover and her husband Adrian left their careers and the big-city life of Chicago to move to a small cabin in the north woods that border Minnesota and Canada. Living without electricity, telephone, or a car, the Hoovers became part of the environment, peacefully coexisting with their wild neighbors. The Long-Shadowed Forest is the amazing record of the Hoovers’ relationship with deer, mice, birds, squirrels, moose, and other creatures of the forest. Delighting readers since their first publication in 1963, these stories of daily life in the woods and vivid descriptions of a fascinating variety of plants and animals have an enduring popularity.

Hoover writes with the expert pen of a scientist and the heart of a passionate wilderness advocate. She not only shares experiences of drama and renewal, but also provides historical and scientific information to satisfy the curious reader. The Long-Shadowed Forest is illustrated throughout with Adrian’s charming line drawings and includes a complete index so readers can easily find their favorite north woods creatures.

Part history and biology lesson, part love letter, The Long-Shadowed Forest is a welcome treat for Helen Hoover fans and will be compelling reading for nature lovers everywhere.

The Long-Shadowed Forest

Helen Hoover (1910-1984) is the author of several books, including The Years of the Forest, A Place in the Woods, and The Gift of the Deer, which has also been reissued by the University of Minnesota Press. Before moving to the remote wilderness of northern Minnesota in 1954, she was an accomplished chemist.

Adrian Hoover, Helen’s husband, was an artist and illustrated several of her books.

The Long-Shadowed Forest

Gentle and evocative. Whether you’re an active or vicarious woodswoman, you can count on Hoover to bring you into the forest with her, sharing her quiet adventures.

Minnesota Women’s Press

After an introduction to the paths and pools around her home in Minnesota near the Canadian border, Mrs. Hoover launches into an account of trees, plants, insects, birds, and mammals that live on her land.

Library Journal, 1963

This is a good and readable book.

Natural History, 1964

Helen Hoover is one of those rare writers who can describe the natural world warmly, intimately, and affectionately without being in the least sentimental or childish.

Paul Gruchow