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Letters from the Woods: Looking at Life Through the Window of Wilderness by [Hurley, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael C. Hurley holds a degree in English Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and a law degree from St. Louis University. He entered private practice as a trial attorney with a firm in Houston in 1984. In 1988, he formed his own practice, later recognized by the Houston Business Partnership as the fastest growing law firm in the city between 1988 and 1991. Following the birth of his second child in 1991, Hurley and his family moved back east to North Carolina, where he has been in private practice since 1993. He has earned success and notoriety as a trial attorney and has been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers* every year since that recognition was first published in 2006. Hurley was born in Baltimore, the youngest of four children, the child of a working mother and an absent, alcoholic father. Growing up in and around Chesapeake Bay, he was inoculated with a lifelong passion for sailing and the outdoors. He obtained his Coast Guard Captain’s license in 1992 and worked as a sailboat charter captain on the North Carolina coast for six months during the waiting period for admission to the North Carolina bar. Between 1995 and 2004, while practicing law full time, he also published a quarterly sporting journal, Paddle & Portage, devoted to wilderness canoeing. His journal was enjoyed by more than 10,000 subscribers in 48 states and resulted in his first book, Letters from the Woods--recognized as a classic of wilderness canoeing literature that the Raleigh News & Observer described as “pointed, personal, and poignant. a deep and passionate tale of wilderness adventures, a celebration of universal truths” and “well worth reading.” Mike and his wife Susan have four children and are members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Together they enjoy dancing, travel and entertaining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ragbagger Publishing (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081ICSZI
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Outdooring - A Personal Philosophy 19 July 2013
By Will Derness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is mostly personal reflections on an outdoor life. An enjoyable read, not so much focused on trip reporting, but rather why one might spend lots of time outdoors.

Having spent a good part of my life outdoors I enjoyed reading it, and think others of like backgrounds would enjoy.

Sort of reminds me of Ed Abbey's Desert Solitaire, but on a much smaller scale.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2016
By Kristen Diehl - Published on Amazon.com
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wiver wat weveiw 11 Jun. 2013
By dennis wendel - Published on Amazon.com
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I get canoeing books to read about the outdoors and this book was more about life than the outdoors. Maybe a bit less trying to be like Thoreau . And more like sigurd would have been better. Still it had some good parts but probably won't read again
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL INSIGHTFUL AND RELAXING READ 3 April 2009
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful collection of 33 essays by author Michael C. Hurley which covers several years of wilderness canoe journeys. Least the reader be misled, it should be noted that these are not your typical canoe adventure stories, filled with danger, excitement, hardship, et al that we seem to have a plethora of these days. The high adventure type of books is fine; goodness knows I read enough of them and have enjoyed most that I have read. Every so often though (not often enough I'm feeling), we need a work that combines the privilege we have of being able to venture out into still relatively untamed areas, with what most of us do it for; that being peace.

The author has actually given us a collection of essays on life, as he sees and has experienced it along with his reflections and lessons learned. This is a mellow book; a book where a writer, an author, a rather average sort of fellow has chosen to share his feeling and opinions over a wide range of subjects with us, the reader. His writing style is pleasing and intimate and it is obvious that the writer of this work is quite familiar with the pen. It is a pure and simple joy to read his words.

Mr. Hurley is obviously a man of faith, of strong faith who is quite dedicated to his family and his passion which is canoeing. All of the essays here are based and pinned on various canoe trips he has taken, either alone, with friend, or best of all, with family. Some of the author's observations are quite serious, others general in nature and many quite light hearted. I love the ending of one of his essays which addresses his relationship to the cell phone. I could identify with this perfectly.

Of course a big draw for me as to the work is the passion the author shows for the natural world around him. Some of his observations are absolutely delightful, while others rather disturbing yet thought provoking. Most of these deal with what mankind is doing to his natural environment and the price we are paying and will ultimately pay. Now I am an avowed "tree hugger," something that many of our politicians, talk show bellowers and religious freaks have somehow turned into a horrid thing to be, but that is okay. It is nice to know that we have voices of reason out there, this author being one of them.

For a relaxing and well written work, one that is nice to have handy to read off and on and now and again, this is a wonderful choice. I do recommend this one highly.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Treasure 28 Jan. 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Michael Hurley is a man with a gift. Like the wisp of an inspiration that is found in the most unexpected place that then turns into a life changing moment. That is the feeling I had after reading Letters From the Woods. As an outdoor person and paddling/camping enthusiast I was ready for a book chocked full of outdoor adventures, but this compilation took a decidedly different turn. Using his trips as a backdrop, Michael causes the reader to contemplate the true things in life - family, love, duty and perhaps even the meaning of life, or at the very least, the truth behind a life well lived. At times I found myself entertained, amused, engaged and at others challenged. But challenged in a good way, to look at my relationships with my family and the real bonds that we have built. For as much time as I have spent in the wilderness with my family, Michael's storytelling really inspires me to spend more. All in all, this book is an unexpected treasure, one that I am sure can be read over and over again, and each time the passages will touch a different part of who we are, or who we are becoming. I am giving copies of this book to my friends and am sure it will provide both entertainment and inspiration, whichever they need at the moment.
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