Pure Land book trailer

Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award 

Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit.

Around this single horrific event Annette McGivney has masterfully woven three separate, highly personal narratives. 
—S. C. Gwynne, author of
 Empire of the Summer Moon, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

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Praise for Pure Land

© Photos by Jennifer Swanson

McGivney is a storyteller of the highest caliber, with a style reminiscent of Jon Krakauer’s journalistic skill and unmistakable purpose.

— Carine McCandless, author of The Wild Truth, the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Into the Wild

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Photos by Ed Moss taken at Pure Land book launch party,  Brightside Books, Flagstaff, AZ.

Pure Land is so gripping, so well reported, and so well told that it deserves space on the bookshelf next to major commercial successes like Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge.  Outside magazine

© Photo by Josh Biggs