The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, A Family, and the Land that Healed Them by Dean Kuipers

Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury

Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury

Written by Jenn Thornton

If anyone understood the relationship between fathers and sons, it was John Wayne—he had three of his own. But in this honestly told memoir, Bruce is a far more complicated patriarch, a man who eventually abandons his family, only to try and make amends with his sons—each an outdoorsman and angry from the fallout of their fractured family—by purchasing vast but unruly hunting grounds in hopes of reconnecting. But while Bruce reasserts his old control to tame the land, his sons wisely worked to restore it, thereby moderating festering familial wounds and revealing the broader healing power of nature. 

Buy now on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.