I am pleased to bring you my review of Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots by D.J. Lee on Book Blogger Tour for Suzy Approved Book Reviews.

About The Book: 


Release Date: March 15, 2020

First Place (Memoir) • Idaho Writers Guild 2020 Competition

When DJ Lee’s dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place. Although Lee doesn’t find all the answers, she comes away with a penetrating memoir that weaves her present-day story with past excursions into the region, wilderness history, and family secrets.

As she grapples with wild animal stand-offs, bush plane flights in dense fog, raging forest fires, and strange characters who have come to the wilderness to seek or hide, Lee learns how she can survive emotionally and how the wilderness survives as an ecosystem. Her growing knowledge of the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her find intimacy in this remote landscape.

Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee’s memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Remote Finding Home in the Bitterroots is a captivating beautifully written memoir.

Though I live in Maine, I am not much of a nature person though we have miles and miles of trails and wilderness to explore. However, while reading this memoir, the writing was so authentic and descriptive I felt as thought I was right there in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

DJ expertly writes about the disappearance of her friend and the death of her grandmother. Her grandmother left behind a secret box and this sends DJ on a journey to understand who she is and what her place is in the wilderness.

There are questions yet to be answered after reading this book, but as it is a memoir, I think that is true of any story.

I very much enjoyed the pictures that were included in the book that helped to bring the story to life and picture what the wilderness looked like.

I was pleased to find out that the profits from the sale of this memoir will be donated to the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Fund.

About The Author: 

DJ LEE is Regents Professor of literature and creative writing at Washington State University. Her creative work includes over thirty award-winning non-fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies. She has published eight books on literature, history, and the environment, including The Land Speaks. Lee is director of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project and a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Find her at http://debbiejlee.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda