Kizzia’s ‘Pilgrim’s Wilderness’ named Amazon top-100 book

Homer writer Tom Kizzia’s book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” (Crown, July 2013) has been named one of Amazon’s editors top-20 books of the year, placing at number 5 in the list of fiction and nonfiction books. 

Based on reporting Kizzia did for the Anchorage Daily News, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” looks at the life of Robert “Papa Pilgrim” Hale Jr. and his family, particularly in their battles against the National Park Service over a road to their inholding in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Kizzia also explores Hale’s past and the struggles of his family against Hale’s sexual and physical abuse.


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