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Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man

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Now here's a formula for near disaster: East Coast big-city guy, world-traveler, jounalist, and otherwise politically savvy fellow settles down in rural Alaska, where men are many and manly, and women with survival skills are good to count among your friends. He wants to fit in. But how does one learn to be a Mountain Man? By observing, imitating, and making near-fatal mis ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Alaska Northwest Books
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Feb 04, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
I have nothing but admiration and respect for people who were either born in Alaska or have moved there to make a life for themselves. But I don't respect this guy. Not one bit. This is exactly the kind of person who doesn't deserve to live in Alaska and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near power tools, reasonable people, or a computer (because, of course, he wants to write about his experiences). In this book, he relates supposedly true stories about his "adventures" while trying to become a true ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I'm just on the third chapter of this. I find myself laughing and grinning over his tale of learning How To Do Things in his first year living in Alaska. So far, so good. Great read unless you're expecting a thrills and chills book. Nicely paced for relaxation and enjoyment.

... I have now finished this book. It was a great read although the epilogue was a little less jovial. I'd suggest this book for relaxation and good humor. no stress, violence or any of that nasty stuff! ;-)
Mar 14, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
Interesting look at what it means to suddenly become a transplant in a small Alaskan town. Wont lie, found his near death experiences and blunders to be the most interesting. Doug did a humorous as well as detailed job at conveying the quirks of small town Alaskan life and the stark differences of life as an Alaskan from life as a lower 48er.
Jun 26, 2007 desertmolly rated it did not like it
Not what I expected..wasn't prepared for Fine's attempt at humor. The concept is interesting - NYcity guy moves to the Alaskan hinterlands and does a City Slicker take with what little he knows about roughing it in the great outdoors. All this told in a chuckling manner, but in the end the only one laughing at his jokes must be Doug himself..
Jan 29, 2008 Laurie rated it liked it
This book was a gift. It is a bit of a light read, and there were times I could not believe what this guy did. He was definately an urbanite trying to live the rural life. But, for all the dumb things he did I give him credit for trying. If you want a light read and a few chuckles try this one.
Aug 01, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Slightly biased as it was written by a friend, but I found Doug's writing to be witty and entertaining. Doug takes alternate realities and makes them his true reality, and then writes about his misadventures. Very enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to his new book, Too High to Fail.
Mar 19, 2009 Bayneeta rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Rookie moves to Alaska and survives his first year. Read this cuz I liked Farewell my Subaru so very much, and the subject was interesting to me. He wrote this one first and obviously his writing has improved.
Apr 05, 2010 Kristy rated it it was ok
Didn't finish. Enjoyed his other book about farming in NM better.
Feb 27, 2008 Donna rated it it was ok
Some chapters were wildly funny, but most just ok.
Aug 08, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
I have dcided I really like auto- and biographies.
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After graduating from Stanford, Doug Fine strapped on a backpack and traveled to five continents, reporting from remote perches in Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He is a correspondent for NPR and PRI. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wired, Salon, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, and Outside Magazine. A native of Long Island, Fine now lives in an ob ...more
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