“Joyfully welcome a new voice in a new generation of nature writers. Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s journey from New York City’s beaches to Seattle’s salmon streams, from winter to spring, from Yom Kippur to Purim, from searching to celebration, continually delights, surprises, and inspires.”

                                   – Kathleen Dean Moore, author, Wild Comfort


Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (Mountaineers Books) is a place-based, narrative nonfiction book about the journey of a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest who learns that home isn’t where you live but where you create belonging by repairing the nature that is close to our lives.

Turning Homeward is a 2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist, a  Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award 2016 Notable Book, and a Nautilus Book Awards 2016 Silver Winner.

You can find it at independent bookstores, Amazon, and Mountaineers Books.



I’m Adrienne Ross Scanlan, an award-winning writer, nonfiction editor of the Blue Lyra Review, and author of the Turning Homeward: Restoring Nature in the Urban Wild.  I’ve explored the Pacific Northwest’s nature (inside or outside the city) as a lay naturalist, a restoration volunteer, and a citizen scientist.

I invite you to learn more about me and Turning Homeward, explore the special discounts available for book clubs, and read selections from my online writing.

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