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Antarctica: Life on the Iceby Susan Fox Rogers
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Twenty essays in this collection of travel writing describe the land and life in Antarctica. Scientists and writers recount stories about life and experiences there, from the late 1970s to the present. They describe daily life and talk about food and loneliness, riding snowmobiles, finding love, and life in three US bases--McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer--and in camps in the Dry Valleys or on Ross Island. Rogers (creative writing, Bard College) is the editor of ten book anthologies including Solo: On Her Own Adventure. She has traveled to the South Pole and various remote camps. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Antarcticas legend as a fascinating, forbidding place is confirmed and expanded in these insider articles. Covering everything from Happy Camper School” to washing dishes to what its like to fall in love in a place where the sun never goes down (or never comes up), these articles limn a world of colorful characters (human and otherwise) and breathtaking backdrops. The humor runs high here in work by Karen Joyce, who recounts an odd afternoon when it rained chickens,” and Glenn Grant, who riffs on the dreaded psych test.” Some of the contributors are award-winning travel writers: Bill Fox, for example, leads a pithy tour through the remote base McMurdo, while Lucy Bledsoe tells of looking for krill and finding dinosaur bones instead. Other contributors are newbies who vividly conjure the regions extraordinary sights, from gale-force winds and magnificent glaciers to mummified seals and charming penguins.
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