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Pure Land by Annette McGivney from Aquarius Press

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  • A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth
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    USD 19.95
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    October 2, 2017
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Founded in 1999, Aquarius Press publishes award-winning books by writers typically underrepresented in the marketplace. We currently have three imprints that span a wide range of titles and interests: Willow Books, Brave Books and AUXmedia. The flagship imprint, Willow Books, develops, publishes an...

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Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday in 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18 year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. As the indigenous people of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai once called the entire natural wonder their home before being forced onto a 500 acre reservation. Journalist Annette McGivney covered the murder and the plight of the tribe, and it became a 10-year personal odyssey for her as she retraced Hanamure's path across Japan and the American West..Pure Land is a story of an inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true natures found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes.

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Prologue 9


1 Hiking In 15

2 Earth and Sky 32

3 Nation of the Willows 43


4 Nature Traveler 55

5 Dad 71

6 Child of Supai 80

7 Child of Conroe 91

8 Michael 102


9 Mountains and Canyons 115

10 Blues 127

11 Panic 141

12 Route 66 150

13 Randy 163

14 Desperation 172


15 Yokohama 185

16 The Land of Wa 198

17 Havasu Falls 211

18 Flashback 218


19 Search for the Killer 223

20 Confession 239

21 Punishment 250

22 Return to Supai 260


23 Collapse 273

24 Elizabeth 283

25 Origins of Violence 292


26 Momma 305

27 A Tribe of Women 312

28 Transcendence 320

Epilogue: Where They Are Now 327

Acknowledgments 329

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Annette McGivney is an award-winning journalist and the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine. In addition to Backpacker, her writing has appeared in Outside, Arizona Highways, and Sunset magazines. Her June 2007 Backpacker article

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