Walking Home: Book summary and reviews of Walking Home by Lynn Schooler

Walking Home

A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart

by Lynn Schooler

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In the spring of 2007, hard on the heels of the worst winter in the history of Juneau, Alaska, Lynn Schooler finds himself facing the far side of middle age and exhausted by laboring to handcraft a home as his marriage slips away. Seeking solace and escape in nature, he sets out on a solo journey into the Alaskan wilderness, traveling first by small boat across the formidable Gulf of Alaska, then on foot along one of the wildest coastlines in North America.

Walking Home is filled with stunning observations of the natural world, and rife with nail-biting adventure as Schooler fords swollen rivers and eludes aggressive grizzlies. But more important, it is a story about finding wholeness - and a sense of humanity - in the wild. His is a solitary journey, but Schooler is never alone; human stories people the landscape - tales of trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, and hermits, as well as the mythology of the region's Tlingit Indians. Alone in the middle of several thousand square miles of wilderness, Schooler conjures the souls of travelers past to learn how the trials of life may be better borne with the help and community of others.

Walking Home recalls Jonathan Raban's Passage to Juneau or Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, but with a more successful outcome. With elegance and soul, Schooler creates a conversation between the human and the natural, the past and present, to investigate what it means to be a part of the flow of human history.

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"A rich account of a man’s solo adventure into the wilderness, and what he learned about that place and himself." - Kirkus Reviews

"Schooler ... reclaims [Alaska's] true wilderness aesthetic in his chronicle of a solo trip along the southeast coastal region ... [He] is the real deal and he proves it on every gorgeous page." - Booklist

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Lynn Schooler

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear and The Last Shot. He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

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