Espyville, Pennsylvania author publishes unique memoir about life in the wild

Get Quiet and Listen, a new book by Mary Swanson, has been published by RoseDog Books.

Get Quiet and Listen is the memoir of a woman who answered a call to leave the 21st century behind and go deep into a Pennsylvania forest, becoming a student of all Creation. Using entries from her diary she kept from 1999 to 2006, Mary Swanson gives readers an intimate insight into how she became one with nature in a place she considers “a portal to paradise. “. His tales of the delights and challenges of life in nature include close encounters with wild animals, fishing adventures and the challenges of life without electricity. Get Quiet and Listen is a one-of-a-kind memoir that serves as a memorable reminder of the importance of Creation and its beauty and the need to make an effort to enjoy the many blessings it brings.

About the Author
Mary Swanson was born in 1952 and lived her first seventeen years in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. She held a variety of positions, ranging from exclusive cosmetics manager in a department store to factory worker. She thanks her son’s father for providing an income that allowed her to stay home with her son Daniel for twelve years, teaching him and sharing with him the many blessings of life on Earth. Now an adult, Daniel has increased those blessings by bringing his wife Amanda, son Emerson and daughter Daisy into his life. Mary shares many adventures with her husband Ron. They love to travel and explore new areas of the vast and beautiful state of Pennsylvania.

Mary considers four Hummel figurines and other keepsakes of kindness from family and friends to be life’s greatest trophies. Her childhood neighbor noticed her deep love of nature and gave her the Hummel “March Winds” figurine. She also gave Mary “Apple Tree Girl” because she climbed neighborhood apple trees looking for ones that didn’t have bruises. Her lifelong friend Becky gave her “Good Friends” and her older sister Kathy, who still wears her today, gave her “Sister.”

Get Quiet and Listen is a 214-page paperback that retails for $54.00 (eBook $49.00). The ISBN is 979-8-88604-607-6. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual newsroom at or our online bookstore at

Lola R. McClure