Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods
A Year in America's National Parks

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"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." --Ken Burns

Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.

But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

 

About Mark Woods

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Mark Woods is a successful entrepreneur, author, business owner, motivational speaker, and training consultant. He has a strong passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their true potential. Throughout his career he has held leadership roles with several organizations, implementing process management solutions to assist in new business development, branding, marketing, training, and client acquisition. His engaging style combined with practical solutions connects with audiences on an emotional level. Mark's presentations are punctuated with stories, real-life experiences, and anecdotes that ignite life-changing energy in those who experience his programs. Mr. Woods is CEO of Woods Group Incorporated, a training and business development firm specializing in activity management, goal setting, work-life integration, and personal productivity. Visit his websites at www.markwoods.info and www.attackyourday.com.Trapper Woods (1935-2010) enjoyed a career that spanned more than 40 years and was also known as "Father Time." Trapper was an executive leader, corporate consultant, company president, business owner, and internationally acclaimed speaker. A professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Trapper was the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the speaking industry's international measure of professional platform skills. For 23 years, Trapper was a speaker and a leading spokesperson for Day-Timer, a subsidiary of ACCO Brands Corporation. His engaging style is the result of his fundamental belief in the goodness inherent within each person and the value of diversity. He traveled more than 2 1/2 million miles influencing tens of thousands of people in more than 350 corporations throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. His favorite geographical spot in the world was Snowbird Resort in Utah where he loved to experience nature.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction
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