It's Always an Adventure...
Always an Adventure Virtual Book Club - "Pure Land"
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About the Event
"It's Always an Adventure" and while we still can't get out to adventure right now due to COVID-19, what we can do is read about the outdoors!
Pick up our tenth book club pick, "Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth" by Annette McGivney, and join us for a virtual gathering on Thursday, May 27th, 2021 at 5:30pm Pacific Time/8:30pm Eastern Time to discuss our thoughts about the book in addition to our continued longings for our next great adventure!
Register at www.kristamuscarella.com/book-club to receive an email containing the Zoom Meeting ID and password for the book club discussion.
A copy of the book club selection, "Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth" by Annette McGivney, can be purchased via Amazon. Or rather, please consider supporting your local independent bookstore.
Enjoy the book! Hope to see you on Thursday, May 27th at 5:30pm Pacific Time/8:30pm Eastern Time on Zoom!
Newcomers are always welcome! Please direct questions, concerns, suggestions, and/or recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description from Amazon:
"Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit.
Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. Annette McGivney covered the tragedy for Backpacker magazine where she is Southwest Editor and she wrote an award-winning article that received more reader mail than any story in the last decade.
While the assignment ended when the article was published, McGivney could not let go of the story. As a woman who also enjoys wilderness hiking, McGivney felt a bond with Hanamure and embarked on a years-long pursuit to learn more about her. McGivney traveled to Japan and across the American West following the trail Hanamure left in her journals. Yet, McGivney also had a connection to Wescogame, Hanamure's killer, and her reporting unexpectedly triggered long-buried memories about violent abuse McGivney experienced as a child.
Pure Land is a story of this inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true nature found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing. While chronicling Hanamure's life landed McGivney in the crime scene of her own childhood, it was her connection to Hanamure---a woman she did not know until after Hanamure died--that helped McGivney find a way out of her own horror."