Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
But the state ha...more
Alaska is a place where know-how is currency and a novice's mistakes can kill you. An extreme landscape in both its beauty and challenges, the state is nicknamed "The Last Frontier" with good reason: Here is a paradoxical landscape where boundaries—between community and isolation, bounty and deprivation, conservation and exploitation—are constantly in flux.
But the state has also always been a place for reinvention, a refuge as much for those desperate to escape something as for those on a quest...more
I love books about the North, whether Canada, Alaska or Europe and I'm always willing to take a chance on a new author who wants to tackle this area. I grew up on Jack London, Farley Mowat and Pierre Burton and anything that puts me in that reminiscent state of mind is welcome.
Miranda Weiss has offered a book in Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska, that could be a bit of a stretch to place in that category but as I read the book I appreciated very much th...more
It seemed that while I was traveling, I read several books about about women who who were unsatisfied with their lives and made changes accordingly. In many--possibly most--of these life-...more
Read this book if you want to know what...more
Miranda moves to AK in her early 20's and thinks its the answer to all her prayers. When she gets there she loves the land and the landscape, but struggles to feel a part of it all. The book is threaded through with her insecurities and worries.... And to be honest, it got a little old.
Loved the description of life in AK, as well as the observation that by living there, people are destroying that which they love. Enjoyed the s...more
It's a memoir of a few years a young woman from the Lower 48 spends in Alaska. She carefully observes her natural surroundings and the lives of her neighbors in Homer. Many of her descriptions of places and wildlife are beautiful and well crafted, and may inspire readers to check airfares to Anchorage.
She spends less time analyzing her relationship to the boyfriend she followed there, which is fine by me....more
This is a fantastic armchair travel book. Weiss’ descriptions of Alaska’s wild beauty are breathtaking – perhaps among the best I’ve encountered in this genre to date. She made me wish I could hop...more
A treasure of a book and I have hopes for many others discovering it's glories.
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We went kayaking across the bay and it was really scary (that took about...more
I couldn't help but notice she didn't thank Joe at the end though. Seems to me she owed him that much.
There was some very beautiful descriptive writing of the Alaskan environment that I enjoyed. I wanted to know more though about the author though. For a memoir, I felt that there wa...more