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In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

Barnes, Kim

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ISBN 10: 0385478208 / ISBN 13: 9780385478205
Published by Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996
Used Condition: Fair to Good Hardcover
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Bumped corners, edgewear, small tears on jacket cover, library sticker on the spine and back cover, stamp ink on the front inside cover otherwise a fine tight copy. Bookseller Inventory # C2946

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Title: In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fair to Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair to Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Ex-Library

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Poet Kim Barnes grew up in Northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and the great sheltering power of the wilderness. But in the mid-1960s, as automation and a declining economy drove more and more loggers out of the wilderness and into despair, Kim's father dug in, determined to stay. It was then the family turned fervently toward Pentecostalism. It was then things changed.
In the Wilderness is the story of this poet's journey toward adulthood, set against an interior landscape every bit as awesome, as wondrous, and as fraught with hidden peril as the great Idaho forest itself. It is an examination of how both geography and faith can shape the heart and soul, and of the uncharted territory we must all enter to face our own demons. It is the clear-eyed and deeply moving story of a young woman's coming to terms with her family, her homeland, her spirituality, and herself.


In the mid-1960s, as mechanization and the forests' depletion drove many loggers into the cities,Kim Barnes's parents turned to fundamentalism to sustain their increasingly difficult life. The author struggled to live by this religion's exacting tenets, but her chilling descriptions of the harsh punishments meted out for lapses make us understand why she ultimately had to leave it behind. Yet she conveys understanding and love for the rigid yet secure world of her youth in this haunting memoir of faith and loss in the Idaho woods.

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