Books That Inspire 2012

The Deerslayer
James Fenimore Cooper

Years before I had guided my own canoe in swift and still waters from Texas to Tennessee, I had imagined the silent slice of the paddle through the glassy lake, the fragrant boughs of fir and pine shadowing the shore, and the light of a maiden's moon beckoning through treetops on a crisp, wintery night. I had been there before, deep in the pages of The Deerslayer, where a swashbuckling tale of the dark woods held captive my romantic teenage soul. The book summoned me out to hills and forests, where I would find out for myself--friendships and peace and music and the Great Spirit.

Jim F. Chamberlain
Staff Research Engineer
WaTER Center