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"It’s humorous that the learning curve for things like caulk and tar are so steep," she says. "But in a roundabout way it has enriched me, whether I ever do those things again. The process teaches you not just about caulk, but about how things unfold, and how you approach a task, how you problem solve."
Beyond a writer’s personal journey, the book sounds universal notes in calling readers to pay attention to nature around them, not just for university professors who migrate to the woods, but also for city dwellers.
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Corbett’s book also challenges our long-held myths of what it means to live in the West. "I think it’s important to focus on what the West is becoming, but crucially not to lose sight of those pieces and elements of the West we cherish and need to take care of," she says.
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