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Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska

Miranda Weiss.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780061710261
Pages/Publication Date 275/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33796
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Alaska is a place where know-how is currency and a novice's mistakes can be fatal. Here is a landscape where boundaries—between community and isolation, bounty and deprivation, conservation and exploitation—are constantly in flux. Miranda Weiss leaves behind her East Coast suburban life to move with her boyfriend to Homer, Alaska, where the days are quartered by the most extreme tides in the country, and where natives carry around the knowledge of fish, tides, boats, and weather as mental ballast. With time, Weiss learns the skills to survive on her own, from setting a fishing net to befriending the locals, from jarring rosehip butter to skinning a sea otter. Her keenly observed prose introduces readers to the memorable people and peculiar beauty of Alaska's vast landscape and takes us on her personal journey of adventure, physical challenge, and culture clash.

"In this exceptional book, Weiss ... gives us an intimate look into the lives of Alaskans living in small coastal communities.... Weiss takes us there with her delightful prose style, giving us the feel of the people, the place, and the kind of life that draws nourishment from the land and sea. We can see the textures of the ocean, smell and taste the salt air, and feel the cold crisp snow. We are there as Weiss, the suburban newbie, struggles to fit into the community and make the hardy lifestyle her own. Alaska is a captivating land, and this book does justice to it."—School Library Journal (starred review)

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