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A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild

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The stories in this remarkable collection detail the experiences of women who work in a variety of outdoor professions including smoke jumping, river running, professional falconry, and horse packing. A celebration of women making their way in the wild, the stories in these pages include rescuing sea turtles amidst a swarm of nude bathers, driving cattle across Texas, and The stories in this remarkable collection detail the experiences of women who work in a variety of outdoor professions including smoke jumping, river running, professional falconry, and horse packing. A celebration of women making their way in the wild, the stories in these pages include rescuing sea turtles amidst a swarm of nude bathers, driving cattle across Texas, and tracking a pair of fugitive Montana mountain men. A Mile in Her Boots is a chance for readers to enjoy rough-hewn adventures with a diverse, welcoming group of wild women.


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The stories in this remarkable collection detail the experiences of women who work in a variety of outdoor professions including smoke jumping, river running, professional falconry, and horse packing. A celebration of women making their way in the wild, the stories in these pages include rescuing sea turtles amidst a swarm of nude bathers, driving cattle across Texas, and The stories in this remarkable collection detail the experiences of women who work in a variety of outdoor professions including smoke jumping, river running, professional falconry, and horse packing. A celebration of women making their way in the wild, the stories in these pages include rescuing sea turtles amidst a swarm of nude bathers, driving cattle across Texas, and tracking a pair of fugitive Montana mountain men. A Mile in Her Boots is a chance for readers to enjoy rough-hewn adventures with a diverse, welcoming group of wild women.

30 review for A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild

  1. 5 out of 5

    W

    I simply don't know how to review this book. I've waffled between 3 and 4 stars a few times so let's go with a 3.5. The writing was entertaining and engaging and even thought provoking at times. It simply wasn't a book I looked forward to picking up every day. Maybe because it was too many beginnings and endings which is the very basis for short story collections? I want to support the women who are working in the male dominated environmental career fields, I want to say it was fabulous... that e I simply don't know how to review this book. I've waffled between 3 and 4 stars a few times so let's go with a 3.5. The writing was entertaining and engaging and even thought provoking at times. It simply wasn't a book I looked forward to picking up every day. Maybe because it was too many beginnings and endings which is the very basis for short story collections? I want to support the women who are working in the male dominated environmental career fields, I want to say it was fabulous... that everyone should read it.... that it was an inspiration to me... Alas, that is not the case. Maybe if I was considering whether or not to embark on a new outdoor career, it would have settled differently with me. Perhaps I'm harvesting some regret that I never fulfilled my dream to do what these women did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    D

    Great selection of stories from women with a wide variety of jobs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liralen

    One of those books I'd had on my to-read shelf for ages and ages—a collection of short essays by women who work in the wilderness, from smokejumpers to people on trail maintenance crew to researchers. It's a nice mix, and it struck me partway through that for the most part my feelings about a given essay were more closely tied to the particular job the writer held, rather than to the writing—a sign, to me, that the writing was pretty solid all round. Makes it hard to pick favourite essays, buuut One of those books I'd had on my to-read shelf for ages and ages—a collection of short essays by women who work in the wilderness, from smokejumpers to people on trail maintenance crew to researchers. It's a nice mix, and it struck me partway through that for the most part my feelings about a given essay were more closely tied to the particular job the writer held, rather than to the writing—a sign, to me, that the writing was pretty solid all round. Makes it hard to pick favourite essays, buuut there are always snippets: For now, though, I'm not wishing myself anywhere else. Not because of supreme contentedness; rather because the world we are floating in is so complete and has wrapped me in its cloak with such strength, I can think of no other place or way to lie than what we are doing this moment... (Leslie Leyland Field, 'Hurled to the Shark', 34) I liked the feeling, the way wet hair, heavy with the green smell of creek water tugged at my scalp. I felt wild, primitive, as though by bathing in the creek and letting my hair down, I'd resigned myself to the rhythms of this place and adopted it as my own. (Gretchen Dawn Yost, 'Trail Guard', 129) On backpacking trips in my twenties I was the first to shed my clothes and dive into a mountain lake and I didn't care how cold the water was. It was a measure of the wildness around me that I never worried that a stranger might happen along and see. It was a measure of the wildness in me. (Susan Marsh, 'Beyond Thunder Mountain', 256-257) I know some of these writers have full-length books—am holding out hope for one by a smokejumper or other forest firefighter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A book of short stories written by real women working in wild/ natural resource jobs. As a woman working in the male dominated natural resource field, I expected to absolutely love and relate to this book. Maybe my expectations were too high... or maybe I just don't like short stories. While I absolutely loved some of the stories, others I found myself asking why and how they even made it into the anthology. In addition, I find short story novels difficult to follow as I like to sit down and rea A book of short stories written by real women working in wild/ natural resource jobs. As a woman working in the male dominated natural resource field, I expected to absolutely love and relate to this book. Maybe my expectations were too high... or maybe I just don't like short stories. While I absolutely loved some of the stories, others I found myself asking why and how they even made it into the anthology. In addition, I find short story novels difficult to follow as I like to sit down and read several chapters at a time. The stories are each told by different women with different writing styles and no order of like stories grouped together. Plus with short stories, I often am left wanting more to the story or more experiences from one particular writer. Like I said, maybe short stories just aren't my cup of tea...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jann

    If you're a girl, and interested working outdoorsy type jobs or spend a lot of time outdoors you might like this book. It's a bunch of essays and although the stories are interesting, it's not a thrilling read which is why it took so long to get through. My favorite story was probably the shortest - about someone on rather boring duty out in the middle of nowhere who learns to catch fish with her hands and finds out that sort of fishing is illegal. I also wish I could be like the family who live If you're a girl, and interested working outdoorsy type jobs or spend a lot of time outdoors you might like this book. It's a bunch of essays and although the stories are interesting, it's not a thrilling read which is why it took so long to get through. My favorite story was probably the shortest - about someone on rather boring duty out in the middle of nowhere who learns to catch fish with her hands and finds out that sort of fishing is illegal. I also wish I could be like the family who lives in the Idaho wilderness all summer long and clears trail. Recommend: adult

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I love this book! It's a collection of short stories by women about their work in outside jobs like wolf research in Yellowstone or Salmon fishing in Alaska. Great writing....it's very absorbing and inspiring. Even though each story is separate I find myself wanting to read on and on. It also makes me want to run out right away and start spending my life backpacking and studying some animal off in the wilderness. I love this book! It's a collection of short stories by women about their work in outside jobs like wolf research in Yellowstone or Salmon fishing in Alaska. Great writing....it's very absorbing and inspiring. Even though each story is separate I find myself wanting to read on and on. It also makes me want to run out right away and start spending my life backpacking and studying some animal off in the wilderness.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carri

    I'm reading this book bit by bit - it's full of short essays by women who work outdoors, most of the time in typically male-dominated fields. It's a great book for when you just have a few minutes to read and you don't want to get heavily invested in something, or so distracted you don't stop reading. It's also great to read in the summer, because it inspires me to leave the house and enjoy the outdoors, something that can be a bit of a challenge when you're a booklover! I'm reading this book bit by bit - it's full of short essays by women who work outdoors, most of the time in typically male-dominated fields. It's a great book for when you just have a few minutes to read and you don't want to get heavily invested in something, or so distracted you don't stop reading. It's also great to read in the summer, because it inspires me to leave the house and enjoy the outdoors, something that can be a bit of a challenge when you're a booklover!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Short stories about women who work outdoors...lots of them involve cutting trees off of trails and other things I've never done, but there's some stuff I really connect with. The best is the story of a woman trying to pump breast milk while training for fire-jumping...yikes! If you'd like a book along which you can go "Oh yes, I have done that too", pick up this book! Short stories about women who work outdoors...lots of them involve cutting trees off of trails and other things I've never done, but there's some stuff I really connect with. The best is the story of a woman trying to pump breast milk while training for fire-jumping...yikes! If you'd like a book along which you can go "Oh yes, I have done that too", pick up this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Awesome, awesome book. Short little stories of women who work in the wild - easy to read a story each night. Tales vary from sea turtle sampling on a nude beach to a breast-feeding, fire-jumping mother who seems to do it all. Very inspiring for all us wildlife women!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a book of short stories written by women with careers in the wilderness The Rest of Elvis (decapitated bear), Orion’s Surprise (turtles on a nudist beach) and Radiant Lives (description of wilderness women).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abbyjune

    Great little stories to read -- each one shows the authors character very well!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    Great. Book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarahandus

    In spite of all the hardships they endured in their jobs, I really envied all these women. I would have loved to be a worker in the outdoors, but it wasn't to be. In spite of all the hardships they endured in their jobs, I really envied all these women. I would have loved to be a worker in the outdoors, but it wasn't to be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb Weina

    Wonderful short stories of women working in the wilds. Great evening reads to make you giggle and cheer for all of us who walk and dream to venture on the wildside of things!!!! Go GIRLS!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mindi Allen

    A very good collection of stories. Mommies who love the outdoors need to read. (Barb, Shelby....I am thinking of you here.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tressa

    I enjoyed some short stories more than others in A Mile in Her Boots. I thought it was varied and interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I loved this book. Great read. Wonderful short stories about women working in the wild.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jones

    I loved this book! A collection of essays written by women who work in male dominated jobs. Made me want to lace up my boots and head off to the wilderness!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Lots of awesome wilderness stories in this one--many take place in the Northwest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This looks so up my alley!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue Keller

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  30. 4 out of 5

    jess

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