Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life
All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer
Works in Progress
Acadie: A Family Ecology forthcoming, Milkweed Editions, 2023
Acadie is aSolnit-meets-Strayed collection of chronologically linkedessays about the solo camping trip I tookfrom Minnesota to NovaScotia to research my father’s family,who were among thefirst French-Acadians to Nova Scotia in the 1600s, deported in Le GrandDerangement in 1755, though my five-greats grandfather remained behind in prison. I’ve been the family historian since I was seventeen, the dayI walked into my dad’s office with a childishly sketchedfamily tree and asked him why hisuncle and grandmother had thesame death date, and I didn’t expect the answerto be murder. The search for untoldstories in this book is focused around the ideas of movement and migration, the story of a family written on asphalt, the movement of the Acadian Babins to Nova Scotia, their expulsion in 1755, my great-great-grandfather immigrating to Maine, my great-grandparents moving from Massachusetts to Long Beach, California, where my grandfather and his twin were born in 1924. The primary quest of thisbook is in theconstruction of a family archive towards telling the story of who we used to be, balanced against the construction ofa legacy for the future.