|Jessica J. Lee.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2019|
Between tectonic plates and conflicting cultures, Taiwan is an island of extremes: high mountains, exposed flatlands, thick forests. After unearthing a hidden memoir of her grandfather's life that he wrote on the cusp of his total memory loss, Jessica Lee hunts his story, which draws her deeper into the geography and culture of Taiwan. Lee hikes in mountains that are home to Formosan flamecrests—birds found nowhere else on earth—and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. Along the way, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island.