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Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska

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Seth Kantnerand#8217;s Ordinary Wolves told the story of a white boy raised in a sod igloo on the Arctic tundra. A heartbreaking vision of a vanishing world, it established Kantner as one of the nationand#8217;s most original and authentic writers. Here, he returns to the setting of his debut novel with an autobiographical account of his own life in a rapidly changing land. Beginning with his parentsand#8217; migration to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1950s and extending to his own attempts to balance hunting with writing, Kantner recalls cold nights wrapped in caribou hides, fur-clad visitors arriving on dog sleds, swimming amidst ice floes for wounded waterfowl, and his longstanding respect for the old Iand#241;upiaq ways. Captured in words and images, these details combine to reveal a singular landscape at a pivotal moment in its history. Both an elegy and a romp, the book illuminates a world few will see as Kantner has.

Synopsis:

His story begins with the arrival of his father, Howard Kantner, to the remote Arctic of the 1950s and ends with him as a grown man settled in the same landscape. Through a series of moving essays and vivid photographs, ranging in subject from family histories to hunting stories, celebrations of people and places to a lament over a majestic wilderness rapidly disappearing, "Shopping for Porcupine" provides a compelling, intimate view of America's last frontier — the same place that captivated so many readers of "Ordinary Wolves."

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571313119
Subtitle:
A Life in Arctic Alaska
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Author:
Kantner, Seth
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Regional Subjects - General
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color photos, maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.5 in 20.5 oz

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Biography » General
History and Social Science » Americana » Alaska
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , His story begins with the arrival of his father, Howard Kantner, to the remote Arctic of the 1950s and ends with him as a grown man settled in the same landscape. Through a series of moving essays and vivid photographs, ranging in subject from family histories to hunting stories, celebrations of people and places to a lament over a majestic wilderness rapidly disappearing, "Shopping for Porcupine" provides a compelling, intimate view of America's last frontier — the same place that captivated so many readers of "Ordinary Wolves."
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