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The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives

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Why do women choose an occupation that has been ranked the most dangerous in the nation? What do women give up-and get in return- when they take on the tasks of fisherman? The Entangling Net explores these issues through the stories of twenty women who have chosen to work in this extremely risky, male-dominated profession.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by University of Illinois Press
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Alana Kansaku-Sarmiento
Jan 07, 2016 Alana Kansaku-Sarmiento rated it it was amazing
I originally bought the book because I wrote my own set of essays this summer after commercial fishing for the first time. I found the stories fascinating, moving, and enlightening. They make me proud to do be a fisherwoman, provided me with extra angles and views of the industry that I was glad to be privy to, and inspired me to be the most badass, capable woman I could be. I think that the book will have that effect on any woman, regardless of occupation or age.
Diane Shrauger McElwain
Aug 18, 2016 Diane Shrauger McElwain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-stories
Fisher women are serious about adventure. This book tells the real stories of courageous women.
Fields is not only a great writer, but a fisher woman herself.
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When you see her, Leslie may be wearing a silk dress and fishnets or wearing Xtra-Tuff boots and mending fishing nets, depending on whether she’s at her fishcamp in the Alaska wilderness or on a speaking tour “Outside.” She’s happy in both places talking about the books, places and topics that move her most.

Her book list includes The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (
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