Barbara Scot, The Nude Beach Notebook

Barbara J. Scot will be here to present her most recent book, The Nude Beach Notebook, published by Oregon State University Press.

In this engaging new memoir, a loose sequel to her earlier Prairie Reunion, Ms. Scot explores her reluctance and longing to reconnect with a much-loved brother, lost to alcoholism for thirty years.

She uses long, meditative walks on the “clothing optional” beach near her home on the idyllic Sauvie Island to explore family responsibility, time’s passage, and faith. She weaves entries from her notebook – a record of the island’s wildlife, descriptions of people she encounters on the beach, and stories about the native people who once lived on the river – with the main narrative, tracing her search for her brother, her close friendship with a fellow writer, and daily life on the moorage.

In The Nude Beach Notebook, the author highlights the importance of place as a means for exploring and interpreting one’s own story. In the end, her walks on Sauvie Island lead to her own redemptive journey.

Barbara J. Scot is the author of The Violet Shyness of their Eyes: Notes from Nepal, Prairie Reunion, The Stations of Still Creek, and Child of Steens Mountain (with Eileen McVicker). She taught public school for twenty-six years and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. She lives with her husband in a houseboat on Saivie Island, near Portland.  

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

1714 NE Broadway St
97232 Portland
The Nude Beach Notebook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870717406
Availability: Special Order -- These books can be hard for us to get
Published: Oregon State University Press - June 1st, 2014