The book tells the story of a year-long adventure I took around the United States to almost every national park and many other wild places–from the home of gentle manatees on the Crystal River to the wind-swept hillsides of the Columbia River Gorge. The journey began as a desperate escape from urban isolation, heartbreak, and despair, but became an adventure beyond imagining. Chronicling a colorful escapade, Almost Anywhere explores the courage, cowardice, and heroics that live in all of us, as well as the life of nature and the nature of life.
“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, Author of On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
“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 a journey to the intersection of unfathomable grief and the healing power of wanderlust.”
––Michele Theall, Author of Teaching the Cat to Sit
“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
Your Mom couldn’t wait for me to order my copy so she left me copy on her way to Robs. Not very good for your business. I am on Chapter 22 and am feeling I know you in a way I’ve never known anyone. Your writing style is beautiful. I’m so proud of you and what you have accomplished. More later Love, K
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Thank you Kathleen, very much. I’m very glad Mom left the book. Love, k
Krista, thank you for this book, these words, for sharing the rough ride of your grief. It may sound cruel in a way to say how much I am enjoying this book and don’t want it to end, but your telling drew me in from the first paragraph. Again, thank you!
Thank you Linda, I really appreciate your feedback. Yes, its a strange thing to share something so personal and hard, but once it becomes a book, it has a sort of existence all its own. I’m glad you are enjoying it!
Thank you Linda!