This is one of those rare books- a sequel that is every bit as good as the original, the beloved We Took To The Woods. Chronologically, Happy The Land seems episodic, a remembrance of things loved; it does not pick up the threads of life and go on from there. Rather it is a warmly nostalgic -- but not sentimental- recall of a good way of life, of little towns, particularly Upton, where the Riches went to shop, of Gerrish, the wonderful ""hired man"" who was part of the family; of a canoe trip through the lakes; of visitors and neighbors, of talk and people. They bought a summer home with earnings from her writings. There were two children -- and a dog. Permeating the whole is an awareness of achievement of good life, outgrowth of the pioneering of early years, but retaining what was best in those years.