This is just my national parks story. There are, of course, millions like it. Stories about people lost, places that remain, and how the two are intertwined. ~ Mark Woods, Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks The intent behind Lassoing the Sun — telling our stories in, of and through National Parks … Continue reading Book Review: Lassoing the Sun
I read An Outdoor Journal looking for a quote because former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said I could in his letter, and then I hesitated writing this review because… how to “critically assess” this? Here’s my description of it: An Outdoor Journal, a collection of hunting, fishing, and other personal reminiscences, is that rare bird: … Continue reading Book Review: An Outdoor Journal
My Friends Call Me C.C. by William Gardiner Hutson is a fictionalized retelling of a decade plus in the tumultuous life of Clarence Chauncey ("C.C.") Julian, starting in glamorous 1920's Los Angeles, ending with Julian's mysterious death in 1930's Shanghai, and provides the backstory to — among other historical events — the swift rise and … Continue reading Book Review: My Friends Call Me C.C.
With great power comes great responsibility. ~ Stan Lee (and many other sources; choose your favorite). Maybe the best way for you to experience this book is if a radioactive spider, filled with the knowledge of it, were to crawl out of a port on the device in your hands and bite you, bestowing on … Continue reading Book Review: The Hour of Land
"Children's book review? Come on, Camp Host Chad! Is this a tardy April Fools joke? Are you kidding us?" Not kidding. I bought What's the Difference? by Emma Strack in a Yosemite National Park gift shop for an adult friend who loves Jeopardy! Loves loves it. Watches it every night religiously. He enjoyed this book. … Continue reading Book Review: What’s the Difference?
The Walk West continues the story of Peter Jenkins' journey - joined by Barbara Jenkins, the woman he met and married along the way - as they continue west from New Orleans on an epic quest to walk across America. Having reviewed the first book last May, I set out to quickly read and review … Continue reading Book Review: The Walk West (A Walk Across America 2)
A Walk Across America, a bestselling memoir by Peter Jenkins first published in 1979, chronicles the first ½ of his journey on foot across the USA, stretching from Alfred, New York to New Orleans, Louisiana. The remainder of the journey unfolds in The Walk West (1981). “One half” is a fitting phrase to describe this … Continue reading Book Review: A Walk Across America
Full Title = The Man Who Planted Trees, A Story of Lost Groves, The Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet, by Jim Robbins. This is NOT the allegorical tale of the same name by the French author, Jean Giono. This is the modern-day, non-fiction account of David Milarch, who survived a … Continue reading Book Review: The Man Who Planted Trees
Cover photo courtesy of Kelley McMorris Mention Island of the Blue Dolphins, and almost everyone says "I love that book!" You either know it and love it, or you need to read it so you can love it. Definitely don't go here (SPOILERS) first. End of review. Anyway, imagine my surprise at finding this: http://islandofthdolphins.weebly.com/ ...a … Continue reading Book Review: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System by Audrey Peterman perfectly serves one defined purpose: as an inspirational guidebook to the uninitiated national park traveler. Filled with gorgeous photos, personal experience intros, basic directions, lodging recommendations, and highlighted activities for 57 locations in the national park system (grouped by … Continue reading Book Review: Our True Nature