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Book Title: North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey|
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The author of the book: Shannon Huffman Polson
Date of issue: April 9th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780310328254
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In "The Year of Magical Thinking," Joan Didion makes the comment that, considering that grief is something we all experience, the literature of grief is relatively small. (I forget how she phrases it exactly). I think we can add North of Hope to the timeless literature of grief, alongside works by Didion, C.S. Lewis and others.
The story a woman leaving home and traveling to one of the most remote places in the U.S., through a harsh and wild landscape, to come to the place where her dad and stepmom were killed by a bear — this narrative has so many mythic and timeless resonances, and yet it remains fully grounded in the ordinary world. It is a powerful pilgrimage in a strange and beautiful place, masterfully told.
Also before reading this book, I had little to no knowledge of or interest in the Arctic. Now, I feel like I have been there, at least a little bit, through this story.
As a reader, I also found myself thinking of my own grief and mourning of a family member who died recently. So reading this book was not only meaningful in a literary sense, but also personally meaningful to me.
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Read information about the authorShannon Huffman Polson writes about the borders we navigate every day. Her first book, North of Hope, was released in 2013 by Zondervan/Harper Collins. In 2015 Polson released The Way the Wild Gets Inside: Field Notes from Alaska, a slim volume of essays. Her first fiction is included i the anthology The Road Ahead, published in early 2017. Polson's essays and articles appear in a number of literary magazines and periodicals, including honorable mention in the 2015 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest and an excerpt from her working manuscript, Some/One in the fall issue of River Teeth Journal. Her work is anthologized in More Than 85 Broads.
Polson was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up loving the outdoors. After studying English Literature at Duke, she headed from the ivory tower to the tarmac of Ft. Rucker, AL, where she flew Apaches in the first crop of women attack helicopter pilots. An MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth transitioned her to five years in marketing at two companies. Now she's back in the books, and back in love. Polson has scuba dived on three continents, sky dived on two, and climbed the highest mountain in North America and Africa.
When she's not writing, she speaks to corporate and social audiences around the country on leadership, storytelling and GRIT. Other times she can be found in the mountains of Washington and Alaska with her husband and sons, working to build a new library in her small community (winthroplibraryfriends.org), and lay leading an Episcopal church start-up. In 2009 Polson was awarded the Trailblazer Woman of Valor award by Senator Maria Cantwell. Polson earned her MFA in Creative Non-fiction from Seattle Pacific University in August of 2012.
Find Polson at www.twitter.com/aborderlife and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShannonHuffmanPolson
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