Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir by Douglas WoodDeep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir by Douglas Wood

Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir

byDouglas Wood

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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Wait, young Douglas’s grandfather says as the bobber twitches on the surface of Little Lake. Be patient. And so begins an encounter with the promise and wonder of nature that will last a lifetime. Deep Woods, Wild Waters traces the winding path that carried Douglas Wood from one wonder to the next, through a landscape of rocks, woods, and waters, with stops along the way for questions and reflections that link human nature to the larger mysteries of the natural world.

Like life itself, the author’s way is not linear. One landmark leads back to a favorite campsite, another prompts him to consider the “gospel of rocks,” another launches him into the wilderness beyond the stars—a contemplation of time and space and humanity’s place in all of it. The creator of thirty-four books, including the classic Old Turtle, and an expert woodsman and wilderness canoe guide, Wood brings all his storytelling and bushwhacking skills to bear as he takes us hurtling down wild rapids, crossing stormy lakes, or simply navigating the treacherous currents and twisty trails of everyday life.

 A warm, generous, and knowing guide, Wood maps a journey that, as he says, “anyone can take, through a landscape anyone can know.” Turning the pages, hiking the portages, running the rapids, or scanning the wild country from high promontory, he invites us to say, in a soul-satisfying moment of recognition, “I know that place.” 

Douglas Wood’s first book, Old Turtle, was hailed as an “instant classic.” His other works, including the New York Times bestseller Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth and his humorous Can’t Do series, have earned such honors as the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award, the Christopher Medal, Parents’ Choice Award, International Read...
Title:Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A MemoirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816631735

ISBN - 13:9780816631735

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Table of Contents




The Little Lake

Echo Island to Lost Bay

The Secret Forest

Streams of Consciousness

The Gospel of Rocks

Time Wasted

Back to the Garden

Into a Smaller World

The Great Day That Dawns


The Tao of the Canoe

Turtle Stories

A Poem of Flowers

By the Fire

The Last Sleep-Out

The Promontory

The Art of the Tale: The Cold Demise of Coffee Cup Charlie

Distant Thunder

Haunts of the Manitou

The Wild Wind

Marshes of Doubt

Swinging the Coffee

The Quest

Finding the Fawn


The Stick Throwers

The Club

Hunting for Something Ethereal

Where Red Squirrels Live

Changing Skies

Base Camp

The Landscape of Time

Hello to Life


The Stars of Sandfly

The Education of a Grandfather

All One Trip


Editorial Reviews

"This is a book meant to be read aloud – to be shared and enjoyed, like a campfire tale."—Great Lakes Echo"Many people are touched deeply while discovering the forest, streams, lakes, wildlife and plants that inhabit our North Woods. Very few, though, can take you there through words. Douglas Wood, musician and author, is one of the few."—Lake Superior Magazine"In Deep Woods, Wild Waters, Wood gathers a lifetime of aphorisms and lays them carefully like kindling to make sure that every anecdote sparks into epiphany."—Sierra Club"Our state can certainly be proud to be home to this master musician and storyteller."—Union-Times