Books: Winter Kills

ISLAND SOJOURN by Elizabeth Arthur Harper & Row; 220 pages; $9.95

For most people, going back to nature means eating sugarless cereal or using a low-suds shampoo that smells like an avocado. Few actually light out for the wilderness and set up housekeeping, and those who attempt this transit from civilization back to the primeval usually find that they cannot get there from here. That is the upshot of Author Elizabeth Arthur's first book, and it is not exactly startling news. But Island Sojourn offers something much more durable than a scoop; the book is a graceful meditation on survival, both in...

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