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Summary : In all their postings, Maurice and Katie enthusiastically explored their surroundings, on foot, by canoe or by dog team, camping in tents or igloos, and relishing the spectacular landscapes."
Summary : "Under the Midnight Sun" is a collection of Robert Service's best-loved poems. Included is "The Cremation of Sam McGee", "The Shooting of Dan McGrew", "The Spell of the Yukon", "The Men That Don't Fit In", and "Law of the Yukon". "Under the Midnight Sun" has been designed with elegant, old-style typefaces and is presented in a slim, stylish, and affordable volume. This unique keepsake will captivate audiences everywhere.
Summary : This book is a combination of romantic short stories, poems, facts and memoirs. These experiences link passed down wisdom, unique imaginative storytelling with positive suggestive lifestyles. Look up, Get up and Never give up Is one of Nathan’s mottos along with using your imagination as a way of life, and remembering to “become the miracle”? Enjoy the Midnight Sun’s stories that will stir your feelings with the sounds of Nathan Leviticus Neal’s words. Learn of the Walrus, Polar Bear, Eagles, Raven, Fox and undocumented facts about Alaska. Born in the “Northwest Territory” known as the “Last Frontier” in a then small town called Anchorage, Alaska this writer has taken the adventures of boyhood, "North Slope" experiences and places traveled within Alaska to share. Most of the writings were inspired by time spent 650 miles north of Anchorage and about 250 miles north of the town considered the most climatic change of temperature in the world; Fairbanks, Alaska where temperatures range from 60 below zero to 95 above in the summer months. From 1977 to 1987 this writer spent a week on and week off schedule with a major oil company traveling to and from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska . The silent bond in friendship and experiences reflect the beauty of this unique place with unique writer content. Well traveled now and living in the Aloha State of Hawaii, Nathan felt it was time to go back in time and glance through a time capsule and give illustrations of Alaska’s beauty that have motivated him to share places that will give you a “northern exposure”. Pour a glass of wine or milk and enjoy stories of old from the land of the Midnight Sun, Aurora Borealis, Polar Bear and a few wise-tale Alaskan stories created for your entertainment.
Summary : Jack, the gritty narrator of this dark, gripping novel by Elwood Reid, is a journeyman carpenter in his late twenties whose travels have led him to Alaska. When his pink slip arrives at the end of summer, he allows himself to be talked into an unusual job. Along with his best friend, Burke, Jack accepts ten thousand dollars from a dying Fairbanks man to travel into the northern wilderness and rescue his daughter from a cult. It doesn’t take long before their trip begins to go awry, and things only get worse once they reach the cult’s camp, where they are received with a hostility that quickly turns violent. Jack soon realizes that Burke knows more than he lets on about their mission and he finds himself on his own, desperately seeking a way out of the camp. Taut, riveting, and complex, Midnight Sun is an arctic Deliverance, a literary thriller set deep in beautiful but dark and indifferent Alaskan woods. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Summary : "In New York City, a Cheechako (chee CHA-ko) would be the kid who just fell off the turnip truck. No street smarts. A pink windbreaker. A subway map sticking from his back pocket...In Alaska, a Cheechako is even easier to spot. He's the guy with his tongue stuck to a metal pole. A tenderfoot. A greenhorn." Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is the story of Lt. Sean Michael Flynn as he tries to survive his first year in Alaska. With romantic notions of Jack London and Bush piloting, Lt. Flynn requests a transfer to Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a bit unnerved at how easy the transfer goes through. From a rugby game on a frozen river to living across from Santa's Village to random moose attacks to soaring over the Bush in an F-16, Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is a hilarious trial-by-many-errors account of what it takes to become a true Alaskan.
Summary : The "common man's poet" and "Canadian Kipling" recounts tales from the Klondike gold rush in this compilation of 34 of his best verses. Poems include "The Cremation of Sam McGee," "The Call of the Wild," "The Heart of the Sourdough," "The Shooting of Dan McGrew," and other memorable storytelling verses.
Summary : An overview of the physical and cultural nature of the Canadian North and the great changes that have occurred in recent decades.
Summary : One hundred years ago, a shy bank clerk sent a collection of his poems south from the Yukon to be privately published and shared with a small group of friends. Fate intervened, however, and Robert Service, Sam McGee and Dan McGrew became household names across North America and throughout the British Commonwealth. Service spent the decade prior to the First World War sating his wanderlust by travelling across North America. His adventures included a trip that ranks as one of the great northern river journeys of his era. He went to Europe and served in the war in many capacities. He lived much of his life in France with his wife and daughter; they spent the Second World War in North America, summering in Vancouver, BC, and wintering in the Los Angeles area. An intensely private man, Service remained an enigmatic character until his passing in 1958. Enid Mallory's Robert Service: Under the Spell of the Yukon celebrates the centennial of the poet's first book of verse by shedding new light on the life and career of this intriguing man. Service will always be Canada's "Bard of the Yukon" and Alaska's de facto Poet Laureate, just as he is part of the lives of an estimated 3 million readers who know that "there are strange things done in the Midnight Sun . . . "
Summary : The year is 1982 in Lawrence Osgood's Midnight Sun and the isolated village of Poniktuk (population 156) exists by and for itself in the central Arctic, virtually undisturbed by intrusions of the outside world. Free of television, telephones, and other modern conveniences, the only real communications come to the village by the almost weekly mail delivered by the "sched," the scheduled flight that originates in Inuvik and touches down at other villages on its way to Poniktuk. The quiet little village becomes troubled when a white man steps off the sched and stirs up talks of land rights with Simon Umingmak, long-time chairman of the Poniktuk settlement council. Tensions rise as Simon and his 18-year-old nephew, Nate, square off on the delicate issue. When a white woman, the lone survivor of wilderness canoe trip, is rescued by the head of the Hunters' Association and brought to Poniktuk, a teenage girl, fascinated by the stranger, nearly dead from hunger and exposure, starts a cult around her striped tuque. Then, Aningan, the spirit of the moon, intervenes unexpectedly, a herd of caribou surrounds the village, and Sedna, the spirit under the sea, returns to the world where she left it. In one long bright night, spirits and humans collide with horrific consequences. An intense portrait of Inuit life intertwined with the rich mystical folklore of the north, Midnight Sun is a powerful first novel by Lawrence Osgood. An original work of fiction by a writer steeped in the mystical culture of the north, Midnight Sun is one of the first works of Canadian fiction to examine and encompass the Arctic's three crucial elements: the landscape, its people and their legends, an enthralling combination sure to thrill and captivate literary fiction and fantasy fans alike.
Summary : When Caz Hewson chucks in her London life and moves north, she isn't sure what to expect. From her council flat in Galleon Heights on the edge of Newcastle, riding high above the desolate urban landscapes of post -Thatcherite Britain, she discovers to her surprise a warm community and a living history that help her come to terms with the tragedy of her past. Fiona Cooper boldly incorporates elements of fairy tale and legend into her portrayal of Britain in the 90s to produce a novel that is complex as well as comic, savage but full of sympathy.