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Award-winning journalist signs at Next Page

After 30 years, spending time in the wilderness finally allowed journalist Tracy Ross to heal from sexual abuse.

At age 8, Ross’ stepfather began to molest her. When she ran away as a teenager, her family was forced to confront the abuse, but it tore them apart. At age 16, Ross sent herself to boarding school in northern Michigan, where she felt called back to the natural world that held magic for her as a child. There, she found strength, confidence, comfort and inspiration. Eventually, she felt compelled to confront her stepfather.

From there, she wrote “The Source of All Things,” described as a story of recovery and resilience and a tribute to the power of truth and forgiveness.

“We feel so lucky that Tracy included us so early on in her book tour,” said Tara Kusumoto, who writes reviews for Women’s Adventure online. “I liken (her book) to Jeannette Walls’ ‘The Glass Castle.’ It’s that good … Ross’ writing is sensitive and sharp, full of raw emotion and painstakingly researched detail. She will win over readers with her story of survival, keen observations of the people and places surrounding her, and an ability to recognize and capture her conflicting emotions.”

“I am both overwhelmed and humbled by the powerful response from booksellers and reviewers across the country, not only because I hope the story will be appreciated as a work of strong narrative writing, but because child abuse continues to be so widespread and pervasive,” Ross said. “I want readers to come away with a message of hope. I hope they get a look inside the abuse issue without it being too graphic or sensationalized or scary. And also, I just hope the book makes people think after they’re done reading it. I hope it creates dialogue and sticks with people.”

As an award-winning journalist, Ross is a contributing editor at Backpacker Magazine and has been published in the United States, England, South Africa and Australia. She also has written for Outside and Women’s Sports Illustrated. Her essay “The Source of All Things” won the National Magazine Award in 2009 and is included in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Magazine Writing. She loves writing about the wilderness and how it relates to important life issues. She lives in Boulder.

“It’s difficult to put into words just how much we all loved this brave and moving story,” said Karen Berg, owner of The Next Page Bookstore. “I’m still haunted by the title of the memoir, which so exquisitely describes Tracy’s relationship with her father and the often difficult and complex dynamics in any family. As the memoir proves, there is so much power in nature – above all, its power to help us heal.”

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