Unnatural Selection – A Memoir of Adoption and Wilderness Paperback / softback
Paperback / softback
Adopted at birth, AndreaÂ RossÂ grew up inhabiting two ecosystems: one was her tangible, adoptive family, the other her birth family, whose mysterious landscape was hidden from her.Â In this coming-of-age memoir, Ross narrates howÂ inÂ her early twenties, while working as a ranger in Grand Canyon National Park, she embarked on a journey to discover where she came from and,Â ultimately, who she was.
After many missteps andÂ dead ends,Â RossÂ uncovered her heartbreaking and inspiring origin storyÂ andÂ began navigating the complicated turns of reuniting with her birth parents and their new families.
Through backcountry travel in the American West, she also came to understand her place in the world, realizing thatÂ herÂ true identityÂ layÂ notÂ in a choice betweenÂ adoptedÂ orÂ biological parents,Â but in an expansion of the concept of family.