Wondering if anyone here is reading Annie Proulx's recent novel Barkskins. It's historical fiction centered around the North American logging and forestry industry, from the 1600's up to the current day. Lots of interesting detail (though I'm not sure how accurate it is) on lives centered primarily around the axe. It's indicts the rapacious clear cutting that proceeded with amazing speed despite the use of primitive tools, but also tries to explain how it was a natural consequence of outsiders looking for opportunity, and seeing an apparently limitless resource. It's a massive, sprawling book, with some very interesting characters. Like all good historical fiction, takes me to places I would otherwise never get to see. Recommended.