Lynn Schooler had recently lost a dear friend and felt his marriage slipping away from him when he set out on a journey—first by boat, then on foot—into the Alaskan wilderness to clear his head. Schooler's solo expedition is filled with the awe and the danger of being on one's own in the wild, battered by the elements and even, for two harrowing days, becoming the terrified quarry of a grizzly bear.
But this formidable, lonely landscape is also rich with human stories—of trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, and hermits, as well as the myths of the region's Tlingit Indians. Recounting his journey, Schooler creates a conversation between the human and the natural, the past and the present, to investigate—on a remote and uninhabited shore—what it means not only to be part of nature's wild web, but also a member of a human community in the flow of history.
Genre: Travel, Nature, Biography + Autobiography
Subgenre: Essays + Travelogues, Personal Memoirs, Wildlife