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Iditarod Dreams: A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer DeeDee Jonrowe

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DeeDee Jonrowe loves dogs, and her consuming passion is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Winter and summer, virtually day and night (even in her dreams!), she and her huskies prepare for the annual race across Alaska. IDITAROD DREAMS is an absorbing, personal account of a year in the life of this remarkable woman living on the edge of the wilderness with her husband, Mike ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Epicenter Press (first published February 1st 1995)
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Chuck
Mar 31, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
I have a particolar fetish for books of this genre. It's probably why at my age I'm still doing marathons, albeit, slow ones. Many of my favorite books are of some curious fool walking the length of the Amazon or taking a VW van from the U.S. to Tierra del Fuego, or walking across Borneo, or heading into the Hindu Kush or the lost quarter of Arabia. You get the picture! This book appealed to me even more because of my love of Alaska. I have stood at the start of the Iditarod and also under the " ...more
Melissa
Mar 14, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
This is DeeDee Jonrowe's account of racing two Iditarod's and also the Alpirod, a Euopean sled dog sprint.

I really enjoy biographies and memiors. This one has added fascination since it is about the Iditarod. However, this book is not very well written. Jonrowe writes in a very straight-forward manner -- she reports incidents, and that is all. Maybe this book would have been better if an author or journalist had been hired to help share the account (no denying it is an interesting account) in a
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Alice
Feb 02, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
This is a short book, and I'd have liked more detail about the day to day life of preparing for the Iditarod, as well as the race itself and the individual dogs. But it's a good portrait of one of the Iditarod's personalities.
E
Mar 01, 2016 E rated it did not like it
Don't bother with this one. Poorly written on both the micro and macro levels, lacking in plot trajectory, overly pitying of self as well as self-indulgent, full of god-speak (do we need it on every page?), and finally petering out into nothingness. Feels like the book was written in about, oh, one week. Instead, read Paulsen's Winterdance, Riddles' Race Across Alaska, Cook's Running North (about the Yukon Quest), or even see Disney's animated film Balto. Any and all would be much more worthy of ...more
Grace
May 22, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by the Iditarod, so when I saw this sitting at our Bed and Breakfast I had to pick it up. It was very interesting and informative; worth a read if you are interested in the subject. In addition, while I didn't agree with all of the messages in the book, it was a pleasant surprise to find that Mrs. Jonrowe is a Christian and that Iditarod Dreams was written from a religious point of view.
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I really enjoyed this book. Wish it was longer and more detailed.
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Mar 09, 2008 Cecelia rated it liked it
This was interesting about a year in the life of an Iditarod racer.
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Sep 09, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing
I love reading stories about the Iditarod!!! Loved it!
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DeeDee Ann Jonrowe was born in Germany while her father served in the U.S. Army. In 1971 her family relocated to Alaska, just after DeeDee graduated high school.

Jonrowe has run both the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Alpirod several times.

Currently Jonrowe lives in Willow, Alaska with her husband, where they own a dog kennel.
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