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Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series)

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Without a map, navigate by the stars. Susan Tweit began learning this lesson as a young woman diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that was predicted to take her life in two to five years. Offered no clear direction for getting well through conventional medicine, Tweit turned to the natural world that was both her solace and her field of study as a plant ecologist. Drawing ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by University of Texas Press
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Susan Albert
"The deepest memoir is filled with metaphor."
—Maureen Murdock, Unreliable Truth

Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey is one of those rare memoirs that is much more than a life's story (as if that were not enough). It is a memoir that not only tells us about a lifetime's worth of experiences, but shows us how experience is shaped by knowledge, how knowledge is experienced through nature, and how nature can guide a human being to a fuller, healthier understanding of her place in the world.

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A memoir written by a scientist (botanist), rocky mountain resident, and outdoor enthusiast who is diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease at a young age. While in grad school UW, Susan is told she has 2-5 years to live. This book follows her journey with this illness. Her stories about personal health battles are artfully paralelled with great nature writing and examples of how her health is vastly improved by reducing stress, exercising, medidating, worshipping (she is Quaker ...more
I borrowed this book about a woman's journey through her autoimmune disease from Heidi. She didn't make it all the way through. It is a very personal journey and the author, Susan Tweit, does go into a lot of detail. If I hadn't schlepped this book all the way out to South Dakota, I don't know that I would have finished it either. It was interesting to hear about the different things that went wrong with her body as it deteriorated. I wish she had talked more about her lifestyle changes but most ...more
Picked it up when a friend was diagnosed with "mixed connective tissue disease". She was scared, and the only book the library had was a biography of a woman's first several years with the disease. My friend didn't want to read it, so I fell on that grenade.
It was okay. As a biography of someone with that disease (as the cataloging-in-data would suggest), it was only about 15% relevant to its subject. The rest of the book is about her love life, her spiritual life, her family life, and odd bits
Diana Biggs
Met the author in Salida, fascinating book. Have loaned it out twice now, hope Ms. Tweit will continue writing.
One of the best nature books I've read.
Joe Smith
This is a clear-eyed look at a life. Here you will find illness, divorce, fear; you will also find hope, abiding love. Walking Nature Home is a life's journey toward personal understanding in which Susan J. Tweit transcends her small sense of Self in order to join larger truths every bit as tender and tough as the landscapes she so lovingly sketches. Readers who enjoyed Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams and Homestead by Annick Smith will find here a voice of equal power, grace and intelligence.
Susan Tweit
Since it's my latest "baby," I love it best of all the books I've written. Here's what writing a memoir taught me: How to write with humility and "beginner's mind," remembering and respecting the person I was "before," and appreciating the journey that I've taken to become who I am today. The book is a love story on several levels--learning to love myself, love of my husband and family, love of nature and the species with whom we share this marvelous planet, and love of life itself.
So far, this book is very beautiful, very personal, and moving. It recalls the landscapes of Wyoming where I lived for a while, and of course Colorado. I'm reading it because the author recently appeared at the Gardens for a workshop and a lecture, and was as warm and enjoyable to connect with in person as it is to read her story... it's so nice to feel that personal connection with the author of a book you are reading and makes the experience very unique.
Deborah Robson
Okay, this is one of my favorite books, and even when I'm broke I buy copies to give to people. It's a beautifully envisioned and written account of finding, and trusting, ourselves and our places in this world. I could wax poetic, or I could give you the bare-bones outline, but there is no way to summarize this book that does it justice. Just make space in your life for the gift, some time soon, of reading it.
Susan Tweit is a wonderful writer. Lyrical, thoughtful writing about her life and love of nature. I don't want to disclose spoilers. Just let me say this is an inspiring book about a life with struggles and love. I hope she will write many more. Thank you Susan for sharing yourself with us.
Kathleen Ernst
Susan's writing is graceful and honest. Her story of confronting health problems, and trying to improve the planet's health, is inspiring. Highly recommended.
Read this on a student's recommendation, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written, emotional, and interesting it is.
I'm drawn to books about place and story. Tweit beautifully captures the essence of both.
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“Stories nurture our connection to place and to each other. They show us where we have been and where we can go. They remind us of how to be human, how to live alongside the other lives that animate this planet. ... When we lose stories, our understanding of the world is less rich, less true.” 13 likes
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