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Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense Hardcover – October 6, 2015

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"Outstanding, wry, heart-wrenching and healing. Those words describe Almost Anywhere, which hits the bull’s-eye as a cross between Wild and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Krista’s unique voice will draw you in and take you on journey to the intersection of unfathomable grief and the healing power of wanderlust." —Michelle Theall, author of Teaching the Cat to Sit

"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

About the Author

Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and her work has been published by BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, The National Geographic Society, and Audubon. Schlyer is the author of two previous books including Continental Divide, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and the 2015 Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association. She resides in the Washington, DC, metro area.
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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634502361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634502368
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost Anywhere is astonishingly lyrical, gut-bustingly funny, and tremendously moving. It's a reminder of the healing, transformative power of nature. If you've never felt the numinous astonishment of walking in a wood with no human sounds but your own footsteps, this book will give you that vicarious experience from your armchair. But more than that - it will inspire you to seek out your own paths into places full of beauty.

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.
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Even better than “eating in Italy, praying in India and falling in Love in Bali” is grieving, healing, falling in love and finding your life’s calling in the beauty of our State and National Parks. Krista Schlyer’s book Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense brings laughter, tears, and laughter again—This is an exquisitely written book, leading us through the beauty of this country, reminding us that nature is the ultimate medicine and that broken hearts can heal and become open again.

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.
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In this funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive memoir, Krista Schlyer invites her readers on a cross-country journey from loss to hope. Along the way, she guides us through dozens of America's state and national parks and introduces us to the many species whose land we've come to occupy. Schlyer's writing is warm and witty; self-effacing and honest, she's the kind of writer and narrator a reader connects with easily, even if many of us have never faced the trials that inspired her trip.

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.
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“Over the years, I have learned to find sustenance where there is scarcity,” photojournalist Krista Schlyer writes in Almost Anywhere. “In the bend of dune grass under an ocean breeze. A solid rock for luncheon rest on a sunny peak. The wings of a heron reflected in low flight over the Anacostia River.” In these and more, Schlyer has discovered what it means to walk the tenuous line between exquisite joy and mind-numbing pain. As her readers, we are invited to join her on that precarious walk.

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.
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Wow what a wonderful, heartfelt book! I laugh; I cried; I was envious; I was sad; I was thrilled. In many ways, Krista's prose was more like poetry. I could hardly put it down. The life that Krista has packed into her young years coupled with her tremendous writing talent make this a book you will not want to miss!
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This book is so much more than I can explain. Krista has a front row seat to sorrow, but turns it around by forcing herself to keep moving - keep moving. She takes off on an epic road trip, in a tiny car with a good friend and dog, running away from ghosts, to explore America in ways most of us never will. She's trying to tell herself life is not worth living and being convinced time and time again that the beauty of land and place is its own reason to go on. I didn't want this story to end, so I visited her website that shows gorgeous photographs of the places she found her solace, I then appreciated her story even more.
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