Set in Seattle and Western Washington's urban, suburban, and other "altered" landscapes, Turning Homeward creates an accessible narrative of the complicated joys of rolling up one's sleeves and reaching out to help repair our beautiful, broken world. While not a straightforward memoir, Scanlan weaves her personal story with the natural history of Puget Sound and the complex issues around urban renewal and river restoration. In the process, readers move with her into a meaningful, hope-filled engagement with place and the idea of home.
About the Author
For over twenty years, Adrienne Ross Scanlan has immersed herself as a volunteer in all things nature: as a citizen scientist monitoring salmon runs for county and local agencies, a restoration volunteer salvaging native plants and removing invasive weeds, and as a docent at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and Wolf Haven in Tenino, Washington. Adrienne's writing has appeared in a variety of literary publications, including City Creatures, Pilgramage, The Fourth River, Tikkun, and Tiny Lights. She has received a Seattle Arts Commission award and an Artist Trust State Literature Fellowship. Learn more at adrienne-ross-scanlan.com