Walking Home

Walking Home

A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, A Journey Into the Human Heart

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2010.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781596916739
Branch Call Number: 979.82 SC
Characteristics: 262 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Feb 01, 2016

This book is an amazing read for anyone interested in natural history, adventure, nature, birds, bears, or backpacking! A read that makes you never to want to put the book down. Lynn's writing style flows effortlessly while intertwining historical facts with his personal story.

Jan 29, 2015

Schooler has combined nature writing with historical stories of the area he travelled, and added glimpses into his marital problems. I do wish he would have added photos or sketches for those of us who cannot imagine the beauty he describes of the coastal area.
He has shown that nature can help us heal, if we can handle the challenges in the wild.
The book is well written, and I finished it in three days.


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