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Five books to chase away cabin fever



If winter temperatures keep you indoors, you have a perfect excuse to hunker down with a book that celebrates the natural world Ėno mittens required.




Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness

Peter Fromm graduated from Shorewood High near Milwaukee Wisconsin and took off for the west.  As a young man he fell in love with the mystique of Jim Bridger and Jeremiah Johnson and decided to spend the winter alone guarding salmon eggs in an Idaho snowed-in wilderness. A guaranteed fun and thoughtful read.

Fresh Water: Women Writing on The Great Lakes


Celebrate familiar landscapes with accomplished women writers. For these writers, the water of the Great Lakes flows through their lives, informing their personal identity as well as their relationships with the places they call home.

Journal of a Prairie Year by Paul Gruchow

Southern Wisconsin was once rich with tall-grass prairie.  A main ecosystem of our Milwaukee home land is lost to agriculture and development.  Less than 2% of US tall-grass prairie remains.  Enjoy this quiet and beautiful account of a landscape that is your unknown homeland. You will cherish what remains.

 Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting
Celebrate the landscapes and the people you love in a book by your Green Living Examiner.  These stories from every season all begin in Milwaukee and celebrate state landscapes while exploring the questions that each generation must ask anew.


Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

No time for an entire book? Revisit this poem of your childhood also available as a beautifully illustrated childrenís book. With plenty of winter woods, the Milwaukee area will offer opportunities to consider the winter woods of SE Wisconsin.    Even more than the sum of its parts,Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening does not try to be a book to promote environmentalism. It is an extension of the artistís nature-loving soul.  Frostís poem brings to life the mysticism of being outdoors.