â€śIf you live here by choice,â€ťÂ Willem LangeÂ writes of the northern New England he’s called home for half a century, â€śyou pay your dues, take what you can get, and endure what you have to. It’s well worth it.â€ť TheseÂ eighteen reminiscences, character sketches, and sometimes heart-rending accountsÂ of life among the ubiquitous pines and unyielding granite show a deep reverence and an abiding respect for this unique corner of the world.
We meet, for example, Baddy, the crusty timber camp cook whose love of hunting ends the day he witnesses the needless death of a fawn. We experience rites of passage: an old man determined to spend one last night alone in the deep woods; a young man discovering for the first time the indelible beauty of a northern September morning; and Lange’s own realization that, “for the first time, I’ll be the oldest man in camp, and my son will be carrying most of my pack.”
This intimate collection of stories is a quiet quest for meaning
in a rugged physical and psychic terrain
What Others Are Sayingâ€¦
â€śWhen a world-class writer concentrates on the people and ambiance of just one small â€“ if beloved â€“ region like New England, the result is, as my grandchildren might say, ‘totally awesome.’ I simply loved reading Tales from the Edge of the Woods â€“ every single one of them.â€ť
â€” Judson D. Hale, Sr., Editor-in-ChiefÂ Yankee MagazineÂ andÂ The Old Farmer’s Almanac
“Mr. Willem Lange is the perfect New England memoirist: experienced, curious, shrewd, self-deprecating, amused, and affectionate. He writes of upcountry villages, wood lots, deer camps, log jobs, schoolrooms, and cellar holes, but his real subject is mortality. On the whole, he’s for it.”
â€”Castle Freeman, Jr., author ofÂ Judgment Hill
Willem Lange has created one of the nicest collections of stories of life in New England. Mr. Lange is able to capture the sights, sounds and smells of Vermont and New England. He presents a very honest picture of everyday experiences and is able to sprinkle it with humor.
â€”Â Mile Square FarmÂ Plymouth, Vermont
About Willem Lange
â€śOne Of The Most Beloved Storytellers In Northern New England.â€ť
From 1968 to 1972 Will directed the Dartmouth Outward Bound Center. From 1972 until his â€śretirementâ€ť in 2007, he was a building and remodeling contractor in Hanover. He’s an adopted member of the Dartmouth Class of 1957.
In 1981 he began writing a weekly column, â€śA Yankee Notebook,â€ť which appears in several New England newspapers. He’s a commentator or host forÂ Vermont Public RadioÂ and both Vermont andÂ New Hampshire Public Television. His annual readings of Charles Dickensâ€™ A Christmas Carol began in 1975 and continue unabated. Heâ€™s published severalÂ audio recordingsÂ andÂ nine booksÂ and received four Emmy nominations, and won one (!) for his work as the long-running host of New Hampshire Public Televisionâ€™s award-winning show â€śWindows to the Wildâ€ť.
In 1973 Will founded theÂ Geriatric Adventure Society, a group of outdoor enthusiasts whose members have skied the 200-mile Alaska Marathon, climbed in Alaska, the Andes, and Himalayas, bushwhacked on skis through northern New England, and paddled rivers north of the Arctic Circle.
He and his wife, Ida, who is the proprietor of a kitchen design business, have beenÂ married since 1959. After forty years in New Hampshire, they moved to East Montpelier, Vermont in 2007. They have three children and four grandchildren.
5 x 8; trade paperback original; 120 pages; $14.95 | Pub Date: March 21, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9962676-8-7 (pbk)
The author is available for readings throughout New England. Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, Ingramâ€™s, Baker & Taylor. Available wherever books are sold.