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Nature's housekeeper : an eco-comedy

Author: Michael Gurnow
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Blue River Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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We've all read books that changed our lives but one 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 at a Midwest college. Everything changes once he gets done reading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Michael Gurnow
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Gurnow
ISBN: 1935628488 9781935628484
OCLC Number: 910248978
Description: 195 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Michael Gurnow.

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We've all read books that changed our lives but one 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 at a Midwest college. 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's his job to 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 job." He 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. With a tie-dye cast of characters, 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.

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