Except for bears, Annette Jackson felt very much at home in the woods her game-warden husband patrolled for twenty-five years, and her book has the qualities of friendliness and ease in describing her woods-life that housewives in more conventional surroundings would have in opening the door to guests. She writes of hunting trips with her husband when she explored the wilderness or shot her buck; of forays by bears on the food cellar; of bringing up her four children: of the men of the wilderness -- the old tale- spinners, the hermits, the lone workers. She writes with feeling of the Allagash Plantation and country and the life timed only by the seasons. And she slips in numerous recipes in neighborly fashion -- for game stews, johnny cake, and other wilderness dishes. Simple, pleasant summer reading.