Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark's most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.
On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.
But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.
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"Woods offers a very personal story of life, death, children, parents, and 12 journeys (one every month) to America's national parks. He's careful to recognize the broad range of national park experiences--from RV road trips to Hawaiian backpacking. Narrator Corey Snow has a deep, rich voice. His delivery is unhurried, which suits Woods's introspective narrative, and he's always easy to understand. Aside from a few jarring pronunciation errors, he offers a solid performance. Woods offers his take on experiences that many of us have shared and others that few have considered, all of which exist because of the National Park System. It's a happy meditation for the National Park Service 2016 Centennial. F.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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