“Nature keeps alive a childlike wonder and enables us to see the world anew through fresh eyes.“
Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself in an island wilderness. She’s had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom she shot and killed in self-defense. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.
This book is so wild, and it’s non-fiction! In the very first scene Carol strips all her clothes off and rides a sea turtle into the ocean. She builds a whole wardrobe just from cast offs, builds chicken coops out of scrap lumber, and just makes everything she needs. For years she watched the animals around her, wild horses and turtles and other animals, and gets to know each one for generations and generations. She is at one with her environment, and her story is just stunning.
I would especially recommend it to anyone who loves adult non-fiction and people who like science and adventure stories.