The Chair and the Valley: A Memoir of Trauma, Healing, and the Outdoors

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.97 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Banning Lyon is a backpacking guide, an instructor, and a public speaker. He currently lives in Martinez, California, with his wife and daughter.


"What a beautiful, challenging, difficult, and ultimately empowering book. It's impossible to read The Chair and the Valley without feeling moved."
--Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The Art of Non-Conformity

"Banning Lyon's deep, dark and beautifully written debut memoir offers a brave expose of a corrupt psychiatric hospital chain, a poignant testament to the power of human resilience and a lyrical depiction of how nature - and love -- can heal the wounded heart." --Susan Shapiro, NYT bestselling author of The Forgiveness Tour and American Shield

"The Chair and the Valley is an engaging and aching memoir of family catastrophe, misuse of mental health care, loss, and redemption." --Stephen Fried, best-selling author of RUSH and Thing of Beauty, co-author of A Common Struggle and Profiles in Mental Health Courage.

"A profoundly inspiring story for anyone seeking to conquer their own obstacles. With remarkable insight and generosity, Banning navigates readers through trauma, triumph, and the intricate steps in-between." --Nabil Ayers, author of My Life in the Sunshine