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Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaskaby Miranda Weiss
Synopses & Reviews
An extreme landscape in both its beauty and challenges, Alaska is a place where know-how is currency and a novice's mistakes can be fatal. But it is a place for glorious reinvention—a refuge for those desperate to escape . . . and for those looking for something more.
Miranda Weiss, a young woman who grew up landlocked in a well-kept East Coast suburb, moved to Homer, Alaska, with her boyfriend, determined to make a place for herself in this unfamiliar country where the years are marked by seasons of fish, and where locals carry around the knowledge of tides, boats, and weather as ballast. In Tide, Feather, Snow, Weiss introduces readers to the memorable people and peculiar beauty of Alaska's vast landscape, as she takes us along on her remarkable personal journey of adventure, physical challenge, and culture clash.
Book News Annotation:
Beginning with her realization that moving to coastal Alaska meant "moving to the water life," Weiss (MFA, Columbia) describes the harsh beauty and cultural as well as physical challenges that she faced. She expresses concern for the environmental threats to her new home, as she explores the meaning of 'home' for those who came to Alaska to reinvent themselves and paradoxically, be self-reliant in a state dependent on resource wealth. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow is beautifully poetic, her observations are expansive, and the pace and rhythm in which she writes are perfect.” — Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica
"Tide, Feather, Snow is about the resplendence and subtleties of coastal Alaska, and about one womans attempt to be fully present in them. Weiss serves as a skilled and poetic witness to a place undergoing incessant change." — Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector
A memoir of moving to Alaska—and staying—by a writer whose gift for writing about place and natural beauty is reminiscent of John McPhee (Coming into the Country) and Jonathan Raban (Passage to Juneau).
About the Author
Miranda Weiss received her MFA from Columbia University. Raised in Maryland, she now lives in Homer, Alaska.
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