Walking Home

Walking Home

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In the spring of 2007, hard on the heels of the worst winter in the history of Juneau, Alaska, Lynn Schooler finds himself facing the far side of middle age and exhausted by laboring to handcraft a home as his marriage slips away. Seeking solace and escape in nature, he sets out on a solo journey into the Alaskan wilderness, traveling first by small boat across the formidable Gulf of Alaska, then on foot along one of the wildest coastlines in North America. "Walking Home "is filled with stunning observations of the natural world, and rife with nail-biting adventure as Schooler fords swollen rivers and eludes aggressive grizzlies. But more important, it is a story about finding wholeness--and a sense of humanity--in the wild. His is a solitary journey, but Schooler is never alone; human stories people the landscape--tales of trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, and hermits, as well as the mythology of the region's Tlingit Indians. Alone in the middle of several thousand square miles of wilderness, Schooler conjures the souls of travelers past to learn how the trials of life may be better borne with the help and community of others. "Walking Home "recalls Jonathan Raban's "Passage to Juneau "or Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild," but with a more successful outcome. With elegance and soul, Schooler creates a conversation between the human and the natural, the past and present, to investigate what it means to be a part of the flow of human history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 32mm | 458.13g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 1596916737
  • 9781596916739
  • 1,724,605

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"Lynn Schooler does what we all, at times, long to do. He just starts walking: away from a crumbling marriage, away from a house he has labored over for years, away from the death of a close friend... The prose is simple and clear; there is very little daylight between Schooler and the world he walks through.” —"Los Angeles Times Book Review"“Graced with precise, learned, evocative observations and reflections…Schooler's work guides us into the heart of one of the wildest regions in North America—and into a renewed appreciation of man's intersection with the natural world.” —"National Geographic Traveler""A rich account of a man’s solo adventure into the wilderness, and what he learned about that place and himself." —"Kirkus Reviews""Schooler's book is the story of a man adrift in late middle age looking for mooring points. In the midst of remote areas only a small percentage of the planet will ever see, he finds startling beashow more