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The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness

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An award-winning “big-hearted soul-searching memoir about . . . a man looking to nature for answers after the death of his beloved wife” (Los Angeles Times).
In 2005, “ever-evocative nature writer Gary Ferguson” lost his wife Jane in tragic canoeing accident on the Kopka River in northern Ontario. What followed was both a moving celebration of a romance borne of wild places, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature. Confronting his unthinkable loss, Ferguson set out to fulfill Jane’s final wish: the scattering of her ashes in five remote locations they loved and shared. The act of the carry home allows Ferguson the opportunity to ruminate on their life together as well as explore the profoundly impactful presence of nature in all of our lives (Publishers Weekly).
“Combining lyrical images, scientific research and hard-won, firsthand experiences” (Cascadia Weekly), Ferguson offers a powerful glimpse into how the natural world can be a critical prompt for moving through cycles of immeasurable grief, how bereavement can turn to wonder, and how one man rediscovered himself in the process of saying goodbye. “I defy any reader to finish this brilliant book with dry eyes” (Luis Albert Urrea, Pulitzer Prize-finalist for The Devil’s Highway).

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