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Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"Brave, beautiful, and utterly captivating, Almost Anywhere breaks your heart and puts it back together again on a long and often arduous road trip across an America, where the uncertain future is always just beyond the horizon and the immutable past rushes at you without remorse. Measuring the sharpness of loss against the hugeness of life, Krista Schlyer has found her way, page by page, to a rare state of grace. An amazing book." William Souder, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
"This book is an American map. . . . If you want to feel a journey at skin level all the way to the heart, this is your route." Craig Childs, award-winning author of House of Rain
"Deep love. Deep loss. In the fog of pain, Krista Schlyer struggles to see her way forward. Seeking solace where trees tower, buffalo roam, and mountains humble, Schyler faces and embraces life, warts and all, with sobs, smiles, and a quirky dog." Amy Gulick, author of Salmon in the Trees
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Oh,and it's full of beautiful scenes from some of the best parts of the U.S. Krista Schlyer takes us there on her own personal journey of healing, of mourning and finding love. Travel with her - you won't regret it.
The book begins with young love, weaves in the tale of loss and grieving while leading the reader on a journey of friendship and love all set among the State and National parks. The descriptions of each park, each creature, sunset, and sunrise leave the reader wanting nothing more than to drop everything and start their own cross-country trip of self-discovery. It’s educational, historical and heartwarming. Get this book---read it as a travel novel, a reminder of the heart's resilience a lesson on finding your passion or all of the above.
The real triumph of the book, though, is the way Schlyer traces the birth of her own environmental consciousness. We see bison, seals, and giant, giant trees nudging back to life and helping her discover the possibility of love and life after death; only by helping save the natural world can she imagine moving forward. Her regard for nature not only inspires, it also makes a great story.
It is tempting to draw comparisons here—say, with John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, written more than 50 years ago. Each is an account of a yearlong road trip in search of an intangible something— in his case, the American character; in hers, a kind of serenity that only “this grand, graceful Earth can give.”
Instead of Charley the standard poodle, however, Schlyer travels with a “big-eared furry runt of a dog” named Maggie and a curmudgeonly friend named Bill. Also unlike Steinbeck, who allegedly fabricated many of his encounters with colorful strangers, Schlyer does indeed meet a number of eccentric types, including a naked old man near a hot spring in Utah. And whereas Steinbeck only talked about camping in national parks along the way, Schlyer and her companions actually do so—in deserts and mountain forests, amid swarms of mosquitos and in the company of loons. Only on those rare occasions when she can convince Bill to loosen his grip on the purse strings do they deign to stay in a motel. This is, after all, a pilgrimage, not a relaxing vacation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Journey of healing from loss, being able to appreciate beauty and love again after having life throw seemingly everything it can at you, and some damn fine nature/environment... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara
This is a touching but incredibly sad and poignant memoir of concurrent inner and outer journeys that were equally breathtakingly beautiful.Published 2 months ago by Heidi DuPree
A very beautiful book. Very real, raw, honest. A journey through and to the other side of grief, all mirrored by, and nurtured by, wild places.Published 3 months ago by Bill Hutchins
I went to a reading of this book by the author. I found Krista's writing a beautiful blend of travel narrative and personal memoir interwoven with themes of childhood, religion,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Orceyre
The author takes us on a journey of healing with honesty, grief and humor. She will share heartbreaking memories then break away into describing the history and beauty of our... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura Rogers
Award-winning photojournalist and wilderness advocate Krista Schlyer was 28 years old, living in Washington, DC, and stuck in a disabling fog of grief after losing her husband to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Story Circle Book Reviews
This is such a compelling read, steeped in poetic grief combined with hysterical humor and life's really ordinary moments. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leslie Holt
I'm still on my journey with Krista, reading Almost Anywhere, but I will already say, it's truely amazing work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer