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ISBN13: 9780374281809
ISBN10: 0374281807
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Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm.

As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.

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"In unremarkable prose, an intrepid adventurer recounts her rowboat experiences contending with some of the earth's most beautiful and treacherous waters....Lots of miles, bears, and high winds for a little volume, and therein lies one of the problems. Each of these trips offers enough material to fill a book, so there's a pervasive sense of incompleteness, a rush to load another boat and shove it out into the water before we've really figured out, or even thought much, about where we are. Pretty soon we don't care. Fredston cannot resist telling us what wonderful condition she is in, how quickly she learns, how cool she is under fire....But the most serious problem is her writing, which rarely breaks the surface of conventionality: 'Most days were a rich collage'; 'the country is a study in contrasts'; and so on. Extraordinary trips; ordinary writing." Kirkus Reviews

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"In this lyrical look at rowing some of the world's most isolated and pristine coasts, Fredston focuses as much on her personal experience and her relationship with her husband, Doug Fesler, as she does on their actual journeys....Her description of the physical act of rowing is rapturous, even sensual....Fredston seems less at ease relating her mother's battle with cancer, near the book's end. Still, the book soars....A must-read for armchair travelers, as well as a close and loving look at an intimate relationship." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"After several seasons of being barraged by books about disaster and death in the wilderness, Rowing to Latitude comes as a breath of fresh air. Fredston describes experiences as close to the edge of catastrophe as any adventure book, but she rides them all out with grace, judgment and muscle, and her self-awareness, humor and feeling for the animals, landscapes, and forces around her make for great nature writing. While disaster books confirm our decision to stay on the sofa, Rowing to Latitude will make most of us wish we were Fredston, on open water above the Arctic Circle. She moves through her subject as she moves along coastlines — like a seal through the sea." Rebecca Solnit, author of Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Review:

"A tale of personal adventure told with fidelity, insight, and poetry. What literature is all about!" Richard Bode, author of First You Have to Row a Little Boat

About the Author

Jill Fredston and her husband, Doug Fesler, are avalanche experts and co-directors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. When they are not rowing, they live near Anchorage.

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aquacox, April 12, 2010 (view all comments by aquacox)
This book took me on a journey unlike any book I have read. Filled with discovery, intense moments, vivid descriptions, and a total appreciation for nature the author takes the reader with her on this unusual journey. I would highley recommend this to anybody who enjoys rowing, kayaking or outdoor adventure, but additionally would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an extremely well written story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374281809
Subtitle:
Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge
Author:
Fredston, Jill A.
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Canoes and canoeing
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Canoeists
Subject:
Rowers
Subject:
Women canoeists
Subject:
Sports - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
20021010
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 8 Pages of Color Photographs
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.54 x 0.835 in

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Product details 312 pages North Point Press - English 9780374281809 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In unremarkable prose, an intrepid adventurer recounts her rowboat experiences contending with some of the earth's most beautiful and treacherous waters....Lots of miles, bears, and high winds for a little volume, and therein lies one of the problems. Each of these trips offers enough material to fill a book, so there's a pervasive sense of incompleteness, a rush to load another boat and shove it out into the water before we've really figured out, or even thought much, about where we are. Pretty soon we don't care. Fredston cannot resist telling us what wonderful condition she is in, how quickly she learns, how cool she is under fire....But the most serious problem is her writing, which rarely breaks the surface of conventionality: 'Most days were a rich collage'; 'the country is a study in contrasts'; and so on. Extraordinary trips; ordinary writing."
"Review" by , "In this lyrical look at rowing some of the world's most isolated and pristine coasts, Fredston focuses as much on her personal experience and her relationship with her husband, Doug Fesler, as she does on their actual journeys....Her description of the physical act of rowing is rapturous, even sensual....Fredston seems less at ease relating her mother's battle with cancer, near the book's end. Still, the book soars....A must-read for armchair travelers, as well as a close and loving look at an intimate relationship."
"Review" by , "After several seasons of being barraged by books about disaster and death in the wilderness, Rowing to Latitude comes as a breath of fresh air. Fredston describes experiences as close to the edge of catastrophe as any adventure book, but she rides them all out with grace, judgment and muscle, and her self-awareness, humor and feeling for the animals, landscapes, and forces around her make for great nature writing. While disaster books confirm our decision to stay on the sofa, Rowing to Latitude will make most of us wish we were Fredston, on open water above the Arctic Circle. She moves through her subject as she moves along coastlines — like a seal through the sea."
"Review" by , "A tale of personal adventure told with fidelity, insight, and poetry. What literature is all about!"
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