Thursday, October 22, 2009

Book #30 for 2009...

30. Deer Camp : Last light in the Northeast Kingdom - by John M. Miller. Miller is a Vermont native who returned as an adult to spend three weeks each November for five years documenting the deer season in the family hunting camps dotted around the mountains of his home range. The book interweaves the author's own reflections and memories along with quotes from oral history interviews and a wonderful collection of photographs taken in the camps.

Mirroring my own internal conflict every time this season comes around, the book eloquently portrays the paradox of those who so love the outdoors and the creatures that inhabit it yet whose sparse lifestyles and cultural heritage revolves so deeply around the conquest of those magnificent animals, the white-tailed deer.

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