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Newly graduated from university in Ireland, Lisa McGonigle came to the Kootenay region of British Columbia to spend a winter snowboarding. She wrote emails to her friends back home describing a remote mountain-town called Fernie, a series of smashes in the terrain park, unrivalled powder turns, working for minimum-wage and duct-taping over the holes in her outerwear. She ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Oolichan Books
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Feb 22, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Feeling under the weather, I slipped this off a bookshelf at our rental house in Whistler and spent the weekend reading about snowsports instead of participating in them. Obviously skiing doesn't light my flame, but Lisa's words about the thrill of the mountains are stirring and familiar. I enjoyed her self-portrayal as a literary-minded, "unathletic" person who drops over cliffs and runs marathons using sheer grit instead of natural prowess.

But mostly this is a personal account about "figuring
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Sep 07, 2011 Carol Wyvill rated it really liked it
It says a lot for the quality of Lisa McGonigle's writing that I, who have absolutely zero interest in snow sports, enjoyed this book immensely. I loved her style, which managed to be simultaneously chatty and intelligent, and is peppered, quite unselfconsciously, with lovely literary references. There's an infectious spirit of adventure pervading the book that makes me want to ditch my workaday life and run away too. Delicious escapism for those of us who can't just drop everything and travel.
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May 11, 2011 Yolanda Ridge rated it liked it
This book was interesting to me because it is about the author's experience in Canada - specifically the Kootenays. The story is not particularly exciting but Lisa McGonigle is a good writer and she is very honest about her impressions of different people and places.
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Originally from North County Dublin, Ireland, Lisa McGonigle spent several years living and skiing in the Kootenays, British Columbia. She currently lives in New Zealand, where she is finishing up a PhD in the Centre for Irish Studies, University of Otago. Having spent far too much time outside and far too little time writing her thesis over the past two and a half years, this is proving somewhat ...more
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