A+S loves Elizabeth Gilbert (check out Kyra’s review of The Signature of All Things and mine of Stern Men about Maine lobstermen that I read while in Maine eating lobster). I also love stories about men in the American West, riding horses and living in teepees. The Last American Man is about Eustace Conway, a man who lives in the Virginia woods and makes it his life’s mission to teach others about wild animals and plants and being respectful of the natural world. At first, I swooned over Eustace; he seemed so peaceful and simple and capable. Well, so did a lot of women. Eustace is those things, but he is also very, very exacting, demanding, and difficult. The …. I don’t want to say hypocrisy… maybe dichotomy? That’s it. The dichotomy of Eustace is his perpetual internal struggle: being one with wild, untouched land and truly at home in nature, but also being completely relentless and impatient with other human beings when they cannot or do not think and act exactly as he does.