One Book – One St. Mark’s


Cabin Fever

School may be starting, but there is still time for summer reading! This year we’ve chosen local author Tom Montgomery Fate’s latest book entitled Cabin Fever.   Try to imagine Henry David Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan. This is the serious yet irreverent sensibility that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit-philosopher’s insights to a busy modern life.  A seasonal nature memoir, Cabin Fever takes readers on a search for the wild both in the woods and within ourselves. Although we are often estranged from nature in our daily lives, Fate shows that we can still recover our kinship with the earth and its other inhabitants if we are willing to pay attention.  In his exploration of how we are to live “a more deliberate life” amid a high-tech material world, Fate invites readers into an interrogation of their own lives, and into a new kind of vision: the possibility of enough in a culture of more.


Copies are available to sign up in the Narthex.  Please sign one out, read it quickly and return it so that others can read it.   We will host Tom Montgomery Fate later this fall for a discussion, watch the bulletin for details!  For more information, please contact Reeny Linstrom at


Praise for Cabin Fever

With Thoreau as his guide, Tom Montgomery Fate explores a wild territory where Henry himself never dared to venture: marriage, parenthood, and the suburban backyard.  Along the way, he shows us how to embrace the challenges of our world, and our daily lives, with new grace, restoring us to the place where we should all be living: in gratitude and wonder.  A profound and beautiful book.”
— John T. Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships


“Quiet, beautifully written reflections on nature and the mindful life….”


“…real gems of insight and wit on the diverse topics of appreciating nature, love and sex, technology, parenthood, the solitary life, self-reliance, art and aging.” 
    —Publishers Weekly


Here is a short trailer from the book’s publisher


And here is a longer interview with Tom Montgomery Fate with Phil Ponce on Chicago Tonight