For Nancy Lord, what began as a yearning for adventure and a childhood fascination with a wild and distant land culminated in a move to Alaska in the early 1970s. Here she discovered the last place in America big and wild enough to hold the intact landscapes and the dreams that are so absent today from almost everywhere else.
In this book, the author takes readers along as she journeys among salmon, sea lions, geese, moose, bears, glaciers and indigenous languages and ultimately into a new understanding, beyond geographic borders, of our intricate and intimate connections to the natural world. Vast and beautiful, and much more than a mere place, Alaska is nonetheless inescapably a land of natural extremes and exquisite subtleties.
With this new book it is refreshing to have Nancy Lord's range of thought and example. Her writing is a gift to the intelligence of those of us who wish to understand our human occupation of this Earth---what we have done and are doing, and what we may learn for the betterment of our future. John Haines, author of The Stars, the Snow, the Fire "Throughout this collection, Lord brings to each image, each sentence, the sharpness of seeing with love, as did Muir and Burroughs before her... How we live our lives matters---to us, to our community, to wild creatures and to the world. This book matters too---for its vision, its fascinating perspectives, its good sense, its powerful and evocative prose." Peggy Shumaker, author of Just Breathe Normally "Nancy Lord says that for her, living and writing are stones that she turns over and over in her hands, all though her thinking life. For me, her books have been bright reflections from those well-polished stones---clear messages from a life lived well, out of doors, in the North... You will read this book with pleasure and wonder---and afterward, the world will be a larger, better place." Robert Michael Pyle, author of Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place
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