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Gary Ferguson shoulders grief's burden in 'The Carry Home'
Gary Ferguson shoulders grief's burden in 'The Carry Home'

The new book by celebrated nature writer Gary Ferguson, "The Carry Home: Lessons From the American Wilderness," is a big-hearted, soul-searching memoir about grief and ritual and identity, about a man looking to nature for answers after the death of his beloved wife. Of course, this sounds a bit like Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," in which she walks the Pacific Coast Trail after the death of her mother. But any comparisons end there: Whereas Strayed is a hopeless novice, both Ferguson and his wife, Jane, are professionals — she an Outward Bound teacher and search and rescue worker, he the author of 22 books on science and nature, including the award-winning...

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