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Harlan and Anna Hubbard lived at Payne Hollow, Trimble County, Kentucky, where they spent the first summer of the journey described in Shantyboat.
"Some books, such as Thoreau's Walden, or Nearing's Living The Good Life, have become a permanent part of my home library. Every so often I reread them, my life's intervening experience lending new insight to the author's words. Shantyboat is such a book, and as I return my dog-eared copy to the bookcase, I know that someday I will read it yet again and it will once more offer a fresh perspective of my own life." -- WoodenBoat "An undervalued classic of American letters. It belongs on a bookshelf sandwiched between Twain's Life on the Mississippi and Thoreau's Walden." -- Ohio Magazine "Harlan Hubbard is one of the best writers about 'alternative' life in America. His graceful prose is a model for writers in the same way his and Anna's lives are models for all people who seek to live in nature with grace and economy." -- Gurney Norman "The boat conveys its household into the wilderness. From its windows... the world is newly seen and understood. But also newly understood are the meanings of being married, of living together, of having neighbors, of the skills and arts by which people house, feed, and please themselves, and care for one another." -- Wendell Berry, from the Foreword