Lovers of nature writing might be interested in this new book from acclaimed nature writer Gary Ferguson (from Tacoma, WA):
Gary Ferguson, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness (Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2014), 296 pp.
Publisher’s Description A haunting meditation on wilderness, conservation, and grief by the critically-acclaimed nature writer in his most intimate and riveting book yet. The Carry Home is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Ferguson and his wife Jane, who died tragically in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario in 2005, 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, wild 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 deeply the impactful presence of nature in all of our lives. Theirs was a love borne of wild places, and The Carry Home 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.
Ferguson will give a talk about his new book at Powell’s on Hawthorne on November 13, at 7:30 pm (info)