Pure Land

Backpacker - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

In 2007, South­west Field Ed­i­tor An­nette McGivney re­ported on a tragedy in the Grand Canyon for this mag­a­zine. A Ja­panese hiker was mur­dered on her way to Havasu Falls, and McGivney’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion led her from the Ari­zona desert to Ja­pan. In her new book, Pure Land ($20; com­ing out in Oc­to­ber from Aquar­ius Press), McGivney delves deeper into the lives of To­momi Hana­mure, the vic­tim, and Randy Wescogame, the Hava­su­pai teenager who killed her. She also de­tails how the crime led her to the edge of a per­sonal cri­sis, and ul­ti­mately how na­ture saved her from a tragedy of her own.

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