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- SynopsisA college professor gets more than he bargains for when he picks up a dusty, dog-eared copy of the American classic Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Proud postmodern consumer and card-carrying member of the "I Hate Nature Club" Michael Gurnow is content in his role as American literature professor. Everything changes once he gets done reading Thoreau's masterpiece. Realizing he has been living a life of quiet desperation. It occurs to him that even though it's his job So teach tales of other people's adventures, he hasn't lived any of his own. Without a second thought, Gurnow hands in his resignation before driving to the nearest state park and applies to be the wilderness equivalent of a construction worker. "How hard can trail maintenance be?" he asks himself. "It's a minimum-wage, By assuming the role of nature's housekeeper, Gurnow quickly learns there's a difference between book smarts and common sense. In this mile-a-minute comedy of errors, Gurnow discovers why it's a bad idea to get into a fistfight with a mudslide, horny hornets are a force to be reckoned with, being able to identify poison ivy is a grossly undervalued skill, and you can't outrun deer-even If you're naked. Gurnow compresses several hard-won years in the wilderness into four, side-splitting seasons. With his newly minted critical eye toward consumer culture, he reveals the surprisingly complex world of trail maintenance while taking the reader on a guided, philosophic tour of the nature classics. Book jacket.,Michael Gurnow was content in his role as American literature professor at a Midwest College. After a hard day behind the lectern, he enjoys nothing more than coming home to his overstuffed sofa in his climate controlled apartment and chowing down on greasy fast food. Everything changes once he gets done reading Thoreau's masterpiece. Realizing he has been living a life of quiet desperation, it suddenly occurs to him that even though it is his job to teach tales of others people's adventures, he hasn't lived any of his own. Without a second thought, Gurnow hands in his resignation before driving to the nearest state park and applies to be the wilderness equivalent of a construction worker. He quickly learns there is a difference between book smarts and common sense. This book is a mile a minute comedy of errors.
- AuthorMichael Gurnow
- Number Of Pages224 pages
- Publication Date2015-05-15
- PublisherBlue River Press
- Publication Year20150000
- Copyright Date2015
- Width6 In.
- Length9 In.
- Afterword byLawton Grinter
- Introduction byThe Aldo Leopold Foundation
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