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It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"In the wild, something inside me opens to innovation, inspiration, creativity, and imagination. It's a good feeling, one that leaves me light and full of energy, free to imagine who I want to be in this life. . . . Yet it's slippery and ephemeral, and I can never seem to pack it out with me." --Adrienne Lindholm
It Happened Like This is, on the surface, a memoir about wha
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Mountaineers Books
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have met Adrienne snd most of her friends through my daughter who lives in AK. I know a bit of her story so that made it more personal. What I loved about it was her intense honesty and her vivid descriptions of her emotions and nature. She certainly has a way with words and I was able to visualize the scenes she so remarkably described.
Hard core Alaskan girls/women are a breed unto themselves. Through my daughter I have met many of them and don’t even get me started on the
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First of book - ☆☆☆☆ 4/5 Last of book ☆☆ 2/5

This memoir is well-written and the writing style is enjoyable. I loved the majority of the book as Adrienne discusses the environmental and wildlife issues facing Alaska, as well as her backcountry experiences. The stories of her adventures are captivating and her description of her fears is relatable. Thoroughly enjoyed the book until the story shifted to her transition from not wanting kids to her struggles with infertility and desperation for her
Diana Henneuse
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book in a Ketchikan independent bookstore when we were in Alaska last month. We had just spent two weeks exploring the interior of this amazing state and sailing on a cruise. My family and I fell in love with the rugged scenery. We had even flown into the Arctic and did adventures like I had never done before.
When I saw her book, I resonated with the author’s background as I too came from the east coast and landed on the west coast. We, as a family, yearn to explore more of Ala
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deeply engaging memoir of a life entwined with the natural world. I love that it could be read as short essays over the author's life. I love that there are so many ambivalencies -- the struggle between preservation and utilization in national parks, the difficulties women face when deciding if they want to have children, the blending of values from progressive to conservative when living in a place that is so much more dependent on hunting for survival. Lots of really interesting questions to t ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. Lots of tales of adventure and learning about yourself while out in the woods. I resonated with a lot of what the author was saying in the first 3/4's. I'm glad to see the shift from east cost views on topics such as hunting had changed - and she did a great job at explaining the connection we are missing and should have with our food. But like another reviewer said - the last 1/4 talked about her issues with childbearing so much it felt like a se ...more
Scott Hall
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible read with twists and turns with every page. It felt at times as if I were a part of the story as the authors writing is truly gripping. Every adventure has a purpose in growth both physical and emotional. You will quickly bond with the stories and gain perspective on both the authors journey and your own. This is a MUST read and the very best book I've read in a long time!
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-read
I'm drawn to memoirs that capture the feeling of wilderness and connection with nature. This is the story of Adrienne's experiences in Alaska and how the wildness of place has become home to her. I also appreciated being able to "see" many areas of Alaska that I did not see while I was there and to feel like I was there.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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D Hemstad
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing journey of her life I Alaska. Gave insight to the Alaska wilderness, and her personal journey.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written, well told story. I appreciated her reflections on people/family vs. place. I, too, am a child whom the PNW adopted and made her own.
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