Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube Book
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Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube


  • Author : Blair Braverman
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Date : 2016-07-05
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 201
  • ISBN : 9780062311580

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A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north. By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. Assured, honest, and lyrical, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land. Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube Book
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Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube


  • Author : Blair Braverman
  • Publisher : Ecco
  • Date : 2017-03-21
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0062311573

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A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman confronting her fears and finding home in the North. Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair’s endeavor to become a “tough girl”—someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion—being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police—and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land. Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

This Much Country Book
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This Much Country


  • Author : Kristin Knight Pace
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Date : 2019-03-05
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781538762394

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A memoir of heartbreak, thousand-mile races, the endless Alaskan wilderness and many, many dogs from one of only a handful of women to have completed both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. In 2009, after a crippling divorce that left her heartbroken and directionless, Kristin decided to accept an offer to live at a friend's cabin outside of Denali National Park in Alaska for a few months. In exchange for housing, she would take care of her friend's eight sled dogs. That winter, she learned that she was tougher than she ever knew. She learned how to survive in one of the most remote places on earth and she learned she was strong enough to be alone. She fell in love twice: first with running sled dogs, and then with Andy, a gentle man who had himself moved to Alaska to heal a broken heart. Kristin and Andy married and started a sled dog kennel. While this work was enormously satisfying, Kristin became determined to complete the Iditarod -- the 1,000-mile dogsled race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. THIS MUCH COUNTRY is the story of renewal and transformation. It's about journeying across a wild and unpredictable landscape and finding inner peace, courage and a true home. It's about pushing boundaries and overcoming paralyzing fears.

Braver Than You Think Book
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Braver Than You Think


  • Author : Maggie Downs
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Date : 2020-05-12
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781640092938

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Newly married and established in her career as an award–winning newspaper journalist, Maggie Downs quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother’s. As a child, Maggie Downs often doubted that she would ever possess the courage to visit the destinations her mother dreamed of one day seeing. “You are braver than you think,” her mother always insisted. That statement would guide her as, over the course of one year, Downs backpacked through seventeen countries―visiting all the places her mother, struck with early–onset Alzheimer’s disease, could not visit herself―encountering some of the world’s most striking locales while confronting the slow loss of her mother. Interweaving travelogue with family memories, Braver Than You Think takes the reader hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, white–water rafting on the Nile, volunteering at a monkey sanctuary in Bolivia, praying at an ashram in India, and fleeing the Arab Spring in Egypt. By embarking on an international journey, Downs learned to make every moment count―traveling around the globe and home again, losing a parent while discovering the world. Perfect for fans of adventure memoirs like Wild and Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, Braver Than You Think explores grief and loss with tenderness, clarity, and humor, and offers a truly incredible roadmap to coping with the unimaginable.

The Source of All Things Book
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The Source of All Things


  • Author : Tracy Ross
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Date : 2012-02-21
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9781439172988

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The author explains how her love for the outdoors--and her journeys to natural landscapes in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska--became her only source of redemption after suffering sexual abuse from her stepfather for more than six years. 100,000 first printing.

A Mile in Her Boots Book
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A Mile in Her Boots


  • Author : Jennifer Bové
  • Publisher : Travelers' Tales
  • Date : 2006
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 1932361375

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"A collection of true stories by women who do a variety of outdoor jobs, from smoke jumping to biology, river running to professional falconry, horse packing to atmospheric science, and more"--Provided by publisher.

If You Lived Here  I d Know Your Name Book
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If You Lived Here I d Know Your Name


  • Author : Heather Lende
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Date : 2006-03-29
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9781565126565

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Tiny Haines, Alaska, is ninety miles north of Juneau, accessible mainly by water or air—and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace and funerals are a community affair. Heather Lende posts both the obituaries and the social column for her local newspaper. If anyone knows the going-on in this close-knit town—from births to weddings to funerals—she does. Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner's adventurous life; worrying about her son's first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers—as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land. Like Bailey White's tales of Southern life or Garrison Keillor's reports from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende's take on her offbeat Alaskan hometown celebrates life in a dangerous and breathtakingly beautiful place.

Sixty Degrees North Book
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Sixty Degrees North


  • Author : Malachy Tallack
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Date : 2016-07-12
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781681771885

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The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. Wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, it crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life.In Sixty Degrees North, Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory.An intimate journey of the heart and mind, Sixty Degrees North begins with the author's loss of his father and his own troubled relationship with Shetland, and concludes with an embrace of the place he calls home.

Crusoe s Daughter Book
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Crusoe s Daughter


  • Author : Jane Gardam
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Date : 2012-04-24
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781609458829

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From the award-winning author of Old Filth. “[A] wonderfully old-fashioned novel . . . This post-Victorian charmer is an engrossing delight” (People). In 1904, six-year-old Polly Flint is sent by her sea captain father to live with her aunts in a house by the sea on England’s northeast coast. Orphaned shortly thereafter, Polly will spend the next eighty years stranded in this quiet corner of the world as the twentieth century rages in the background. Through it all, Polly returns again and again to the story of Robinson Crusoe, who, marooned like her, fends off the madness of isolation with imagination. In the Guardian’s series on writers and readers’ favorite comfort books, associate editor Claire Armitstead said of Crusoe’s Daughter, “This is the most bookish of books . . . Every time I return to it, I am comforted by its refusal to conform, its wonderful, boisterous bolshiness, and the intelligence with which it demonstrates that we are what we read.” “Witty, subversive, moving.” —The Times (London) “[A] richly textured novel . . . much occurs on the emotional landscape. We know Polly intimately, and she haunts our imaginations as surely as Crusoe haunts hers . . . a thought-provoking book.” —Library Journal “[The] most seductively entertaining of British novelists.” —Kirkus Reviews

Learning to Play With a Lion s Testicles Book

Learning to Play With a Lion s Testicles


  • Author : Melissa Haynes
  • Publisher : Behler Publications
  • Date : 2013-04-16
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 9781933016818

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The cheeky title of Melissa Haynes's story of adventure in Africa, Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles, earned the book some big publicity on NBC-TV/Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 4,2013 where it topped the show's list of "Titles Not to Read" for September 2013. Melissa's book was also a big smash on the March 11, 2014 Ellen Show, where Ellen and guest Ricky Gervais highlighted the book throughout the entire hour. Playing with a lion’s testicles: An African saying that means to take foolhardy chances. Melissa, an exhausted executive from the city seeks meaning and purpose from her work, and volunteers for a Big Five conservation project in South Africa. Her boss, an over-zealous ranger, nicknamed the Drill Sergeant, has no patience for city folk, especially if they're women, and tries to send her packing on day one. But Melissa stands her ground with grit and determination, however shaky it may be. Conflict soon sets the pace with a cast filled with predatory cats, violent elephants, and an on-going battle of wits with the Drill Sergeant. Even Mother Nature pounds the reserve with the worst storm in a century. But the most enduring and profound conflict is the internal battle going on within Melissa, as she tries to come to terms with the guilt surrounding her mother's death. When death grips the game reserve, it is the very animals Melissa has come to save that end up saving her. For the reader who has ever dreamed of going to Africa or knows the pain of loss and guilt, LEARNING TO PLAY WITH A LION’S TESTICLES will fill your soul.

The Sun Is a Compass Book
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The Sun Is a Compass


  • Author : Caroline Van Hemert
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Spark
  • Date : 2019-03-19
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780316414432

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For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure. During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012, she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, The Sun is a Compass explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of the creatures who make their homes in the wildest places left in North America. Inspiring and beautifully written, this love letter to nature is a lyrical testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Winner of the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition: Adventure Travel

Arctic Daughter Book
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Arctic Daughter


  • Author : Jean Aspen
  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Date : 2015-03-15
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781941821589

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Aspen’s ARCTIC SON documentary plays on PBS and the DVD is available through Ingram. New prologue and epilogue. Illustrated with photographs as well as the author’s line drawings. Hard life in Alaska is a popular story line for several reality TV shows—this is a true story that will appeal to that audience. First published in 1988 by Bergamot Books.

Be Brave  Be Strong Book
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Be Brave Be Strong


  • Author : Jill Homer
  • Publisher : Jill Homer
  • Date : 2011-06
  • Category :
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN : 9781257658589

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Jill Homer has an outlandish ambition: Racing a mountain bike 2,740 miles from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide. But her dream starts to unravel the minute she sets it in motion. An accident on the Iditarod Trail results in serious frostbite. She struggles with painful recovery and growing uncertainties. Then, just two days before their departure, her boyfriend ends their eight-year relationship, dismantling everything Jill thought she knew about life, love and her identity. This is the story of an adventure driven relentlessly forward as foundations crumble. During her record-breaking ride in the 2009 Tour Divide, Jill battles a torrent of anger, self-doubt, fatigue, loneliness, pain, grief, bicycle failures, crashes and violent storms. Each night, she collapses under the crushing effort of this savage new way of life. And every morning, she picks up the pieces and strikes out to find what lies on the other side of the Divide: Astonishing beauty, unconditional kindness, and boundless strength.

Rowing to Latitude Book
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Rowing to Latitude


  • Author : Jill Fredston
  • Publisher : North Point Press
  • Date : 2002-10-10
  • Category : Travel
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1429931108

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Two by sea: A couple rows the wild coasts of the far north Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm. As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.

Man and Dog Book

Man and Dog


  • Author : Justin Barbour
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2019
  • Category : Backpacking
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : 177117756X

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"One man, one dog, and a grand adventure across the rugged and mystical interior wilderness of Newfoundland. In April of 2017, Justin Barbour and his dog, Saku, arrived on the Rock's west coast to begin their quest to live the ways of old and see parts of the province's woods that few will ever get to see. A late winter lingers, and the duo must push over the Long Range Mountains and toward the interior of the island, where they hope lakes and rivers will be thawed to allow them to continue by inflatable raft. From sunrise to sunset, the reader will follow the companions as they navigate against the dangerous and unforgiving elements from west to east in an attempt to reach Cape Broyle, some 700 kilometres away. It was an adventure that spanned sixty-eight days and would push their limits further than they could have ever imagined. You'll see the island in a unique way, become enlightened about outdoor life, and learn more about Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole. Complete with photos, maps, and interesting facts from the journey, you will feel the heat of the campfire roasting your cheeks, the tug of a trout on your line, and the breath of a black bear on your neck. It's an experience for nature lovers everywhere."--