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Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins
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Mar 09, 08

bookshelves: geography-and-nature, travel

I love that Jennings takes you all over Alaska, from the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska to the coast of the Arctic Ocean -- and all points in between. His descriptions of the people and places he visits are truly mesmerizing.

I remember sitting in Starbucks over Christmas vacation while I was reading the book one very nice, sunny day, when someone opened the door and a gust of wind whipped into the coffee shop. At the time, I was reading of Jennings' wintertime adventure with a family who lived very far from civilization. When he was with that family, the temperatures were frigid -- tens of degrees below zero. So vivid were his descriptions of the weather, especially the cold temperatures, my mind wrongly thought the wind blowing into Starbucks was cold like the weather Jennings had been describing. That's how enrapturing Jennings' descriptions were of the beautiful people and landscapes of Alaska.
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