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by Sam Cook
In this unforgettable collection of essays, Sam Cook portrays the enchanting North Country as a state of mind as much as a geographical area. Up North captures the mystic moods, seasonal subtleties, and colorful characters that fill the region from the Minnesota canoe country to the vast expanse of the Northwest Territories.
Organized by time of year, Up North describes ev...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 1986)
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I've been moping about the lack of fall in Cameroon and saw this book on my shelf, although I'm not sure if choosing it actually helped the matter. (It was satisfying while I was in the act of reading, but as soon as I put it down, I was all the more aware of the absence of cool air and changing leaves.) That being said, it is a wonderful collection of essays. Jodie first inspired me to read this when she framed an excerpt from it as a wedding gift; I loved the cadence of that brief passage, and ...more
Up North is a collection of short articles and essays about life outdoors in the northland (radiating out from Duluth, MN). My connections to the area make me more favorable toward these articles, which only sometimes capture the joy and beauty of that outdoor life. The shorter articles tend to be wistful/anticipatory and not so great, when he discourses a little longer on working with sled dogs, hunting, cross country skiing, canoeing and fishing, as well as the characters he meets doing these ...more
It was a fairly interesting read. I liked the ones I related to (i.e. I cross-country ski but don't fish or ride dog sleds, so I didn't fully understand the essays that discussed the latter). Having been born in a town on the North Shore, I definitely relate to "Up North" being more than just a location. But since I mostly grew up elsewhere, I don't share the same degree of kinship as the author. I'd recommend to outdoor enthusiasts, especially who share an appreciation for that Greatest Lake.