Man wrote about year in national parks



BAR HARBOR — Mark Woods, author of “Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks,” will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

Mark Woods, who visited 15 national parks in a year, will speak about the book he wrote about his journey when he comes to the Jesup on Aug. 6. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB SELF

Mark Woods, who visited 15 national parks in a year, will speak about the book he wrote about his journey when he comes to the Jesup on Aug. 6. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB SELF

On the eve of turning 50, Woods, a little burned out, decided to reconnect with the great outdoors by visiting 15 of America’s national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and to recreate his childhood trips with his wife and their daughter. But then his mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. Woods initially had intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but his book grew into something more.

“Lassoing the Sun” became a memoir about spending a year in the parks, finding solace in their serenity and understanding how life and death often appear close together and sometimes even overlap. The book follows a journey that started with a sunrise in Maine, finished with a sunset in Hawaii and had a life-changing event in the middle: his mother’s death.

Documentarian Ken Burns said, “In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our national parks: their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality, and their power to heal.”

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

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