The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness

Author: Robert Specht

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307434664

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 464

View: 2604

The beloved real-life story of a woman in the Alaskan wilderness, the children she taught, and the man she loved “From the time I’d been a girl, I’d been thrilled with the idea of living on a frontier. So when I was offered the job of teaching school in a gold-mining settlement called Chicken, I accepted right away.” Anne Hobbs was only nineteen in 1927 when she came to harsh and beautiful Alaska. Running a ramshackle schoolhouse would expose her to more than just the elements. After she allowed Native American children into her class and fell in love with a half-Inuit man, she would learn the meanings of prejudice and perseverance, irrational hatred and unconditional love. “People get as mean as the weather,” she discovered, but they were also capable of great good. As told to Robert Specht, Anne Hobbs’s true story has captivated generations of readers. Now this beautiful new edition is available to inspire many more. “The memoir reads like an old-fashioned novel, a heartwarming love story with the added interest of frontier hardships and vividly portrayed characters.”—Publishers Weekly

A Schoolteacher In Old Alaska

The Story of Hannah Breece

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 030736707X

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7627

When Hannah Breece came to Alaska in 1904, it was a remote lawless wilderness of prospectors, murderous bootleggers, tribal chiefs, and Russian priests. She spent fourteen years educating Athabascans, Aleuts, Inuit and Russians with the stubborn generosity of a born teacher and the clarity of an original and independent mind. Jane Jacobs, Hannah's great-niece, here offers an historical context to Breece's remarkable eyewitness account, filling in the narrative gaps, but always allowing the original words to ring clearly. It is more than an adventure story: it is a powerful work of women's history that provides important—and, at times, unsettling—insights into the unexamined assumptions and attitudes that governed white settlers’ behaviour toward native communities at the turn of the century.

Dark Boundary

Author: Anne Purdy

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 178720538X

Category: History

Page: 89

View: 2654

First published in 1954, this book is an intriguing glimpse into the early days of the Alaskan village of Eagle, along the Yukon River. Anne Purdy, author of bestselling book Tisha, tells the story surrounding the lives of the Eagle Village Indians. She describes the end of the Gold Rush era changes that took place in the early part of the twentieth century, painting a vivid picture of life’s struggles here and of a woman who reaches out to those in desperate need of love and care. A tale of joy and sadness, with a final twist.

Alaska, not for a woman

Author: Mary Latch Carey

Publisher: Not Avail


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 259

View: 7057

The adventures of a middle-aged widow from Texas to Alaska in the 1960's. The main focus is on the pilot Don Sheldon, whom she accompanied on some of his rescue missions.

Teaching in Alaska

What I Learned in the Bush

Author: Julie Bolkan

Publisher: Gladeye Press

ISBN: 9780991193172


Page: 120

View: 7858

One woman's candid account of her 12 years in the Alaskan bush country. From dealing with surprising local cuisine to surviving being stranded in blizzard conditions, author Julie Bolkan details her journey from reluctant visitor to active participant in the village life of the Yup'ik peoples.


Coming of Age & Living Dangerously in the Wild Copper River Valley

Author: Samme Gallaher,Aileen Gallaher

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 9780974501420

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 189

View: 1186

Describes charmed life in remote Alaska.

Good-bye, Boise-- Hello, Alaska

Author: Cora Holmes

Publisher: Reiman Assoc

ISBN: 9780898211283

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 274

View: 3931

Ranching in the Aleutian Islands ia a rugged, adventurous life, yet one filled with peace and solitude A true story of a family's move to a remote island ranch.

Alaska Bound

One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare

Author: Tammy Jones

Publisher: Self Publisher

ISBN: 9780615442372

Category: Adventure and adventurers

Page: 287

View: 2601

Tammy Jones describes the experiences she and her husband undergo when they decide to build a cabin and live summers on an isolated Alaskan inlet.

Mrs. Mike

Author: Benedict Freedman,Nancy Freedman

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9780812416220


Page: 284

View: 6944

Mrs. Mike is the love story of Katherine Mary O'Fallon, a young Irish girl from Boston, and Sergeant Mike Flannigan of the Canadian Mounted Police, who is a priest, doctor and magistrate to all in the great Canadian wilderness area under his supervision. Recommended by Library Journal.

The Tulip and the Pope

A Nun's Story

Author: Deborah Larsen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307429482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6928

The story of novelist and poet Deborah Larsen's young womanhood, The Tulip and the Pope is both an exquisitely crafted spiritual memoir and a beautifully nuanced view of life in the convent.In midsummer of 1960, nineteen-year-old Deborah shares a cab to a convent. She and the teenage girls with her, passionate to become nuns, heedless of all they are leaving behind, smoke their last cigarettes before entering their new lives. In the same artful prose that distinguished her novel The White, Larsen's memoir lets us into the hushed life of the convent. She captures the exquisite peace she found there, as well as the extreme constriction of the rules and her gradual awareness of all that she is missing. Eventually the physical world—the lush tulip she remembers seeing as a girl, the snow she tunneled in, and even the mystery of sex—begins to seem to her an alternative theater for a deep understanding and love of God. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Why We Think the Things We Think

Philosophy in a Nutshell

Author: Alain Stephen

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782434119

Category: Philosophy

Page: 191

View: 7803

Have you ever found yourself alone with your thoughts? Have you ever been asked if the glass is half full or half empty? Do you wonder what true happiness is or how to attain it? Or maybe nothing really matters if everything is just an illusion or a dream? These ideas are some of the central questions of philosophical inquiry that have engaged, troubled and exasperated some of the greatest minds throughout the history of human civilization, provoking argument and debate in an attempt to broaden the horizons of human thought. Author Alain Stephen attempts to demystify some of these key questions by tracing their origins in the writings of prominent thinkers through the ages, from the colonnades of ancient Greece to the intellectual salons of twentieth-century France, and show how these ideas and concepts developed over time. Why We Think the Way We Do provides plenty of food for thought for both the amateur philosopher and enlightened thinker to digest.

Oak Island Obsession

The Restall Story

Author: Lee Lamb

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459714547

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

View: 3799

As Bob and Mildred Lee, they amazed audiences with their death-defying motorcycle act. In reality they were Bob and Mildred Restall, parents of three, who balanced their glamorous show-business career with a happy, stable home life. In October 1959, the Restalls embarked on the ultimate family adventure, as Bob led his family to the east coast of Canada to dig for the famous treasure of Oak Island. For nearly six years they lived without telephone, hydro, or running water while newspapers and magazines chronicled their attempts to solve the mystery of the Money Pit. On August 17, 1965, their quest ended in tragedy when four men died. This biography, compiled by their daughter, includes material written by each family member. Lyrical descriptions of nature, amusing anecdotes, details of the dig, and numerous photographs help to tell the story. This book is a must for Oak Island enthusiasts.

My Life in the Wilderness

An Alaskan's Story

Author: Robert L Hilliker

Publisher: My Life in the Wilderness: An Alaskan's Story

ISBN: 9780692642634

Category: Alaska

Page: 294

View: 3598

Robert Hilliker was born in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, in the late 1920's, just before the Great Depression of 1929 and the 1930's. As a young boy, the tales of Daniel Boone, Jim Bowie, and the stories of the Mountain Men who roamed the great Rocky Mountains in search of beaver struck a chord deep down inside that he could neither understand nor explain. They did, however, produce in him a strong desire to experience such a life for himself. In the following years, almost every decision he made was in accordance with an "inner compass" which pointed steadily to the Northwest. "To go into the wilderness, build a strong and warm log cabin with my own two hands, and hunt for my food. Trap fur bearing animals to sell to the fur buyers for money to buy the things I couldn't produce myself, get my water from the creek, cut the firewood I would need to cook my food and to keep me warm through the long cold winters of the 'North Country, ' could I do something like that?" This is his story.

Managing Martians

Author: Donna Shirley

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307756831

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5693

Donna Shirley's 35-year career as an aerospace engineer reached a jubilant pinnacle in July 1997 when Sojourner--the solar-powered, self-guided, microwave-oven-sized rover--was seen exploring the Martian landscape in Pathfinder's spectacular images from the surface of the red planet. The event marked a milestone in space, but for Donna Shirley, the leader of the mostly male team that designed and built Sojourner--and the first woman ever to manage a NASA program--it marked a triumph of another kind. Managing Martians is Shirley's captivating memoir of a life and career spent reaching for the stars. From her seemingly outlandish aspiration at age ten to build aircraft, to abandoning high school Home Ec in favor of mechanical drawing, and, at sixteen, becoming a licensed pilot, Shirley defied expectations from the beginning. In a vivid narrative, rich with anecdotes and thrilling turning points, Shirley recounts the intense battles she waged to defend her vision and the ingenuity and resourcefulness of her committed team. Her moment-by-cliffhanging-moment account of Pathfinder's landing and Sojourner's first tentative foray across the sands of Mars brilliantly captures the fulfillment of a lifelong dream as it heralds a brave new era of space exploration. From the Trade Paperback edition.

O Rugged Land of Gold

Author: Martha Martin

Publisher: Alaska Vanessa Press

ISBN: 9780940055001

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 226

View: 8651

"Share the triumph of a woman ... alone, injured, pregnant ... on a remote Alaskan island in winter"--Page 4 of cover.

Losing My Cool

Love, Literature, and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd

Author: Thomas Chatterton Williams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101404345

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9564

A pitch-perfect account of how hip-hop culture drew in the author and how his father drew him out again-with love, perseverance, and fifteen thousand books. Into Williams's childhood home-a one-story ranch house-his father crammed more books than the local library could hold. "Pappy" used some of these volumes to run an academic prep service; the rest he used in his unending pursuit of wisdom. His son's pursuits were quite different-"money, hoes, and clothes." The teenage Williams wore Medusa- faced Versace sunglasses and a hefty gold medallion, dumbed down and thugged up his speech, and did whatever else he could to fit into the intoxicating hip-hop culture that surrounded him. Like all his friends, he knew exactly where he was the day Biggie Smalls died, he could recite the lyrics to any Nas or Tupac song, and he kept his woman in line, with force if necessary. But Pappy, who grew up in the segregated South and hid in closets so he could read Aesop and Plato, had a different destiny in mind for his son. For years, Williams managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles- "keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage. As college approached and the stakes of the thug lifestyle escalated, the revolving door between Williams's street life and home life threatened to spin out of control. Ultimately, Williams would have to decide between hip-hop and his future. Would he choose "street dreams" or a radically different dream- the one Martin Luther King spoke of or the one Pappy held out to him now? Williams is the first of his generation to measure the seductive power of hip-hop against its restrictive worldview, which ultimately leaves those who live it powerless. Losing My Cool portrays the allure and the danger of hip-hop culture like no book has before. Even more remarkably, Williams evokes the subtle salvation that literature offers and recounts with breathtaking clarity a burgeoning bond between father and son. Watch a Video


Author: Elinor Florence

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 145974022X

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

View: 8242

A single mother. An abandoned farmhouse. An epic battle with the northern wilderness. Broke and desperate, Molly Bannister accepts the ironclad condition laid down in her great-aunt’s will: to receive her inheritance, Molly must spend one year in an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta. If she does, she will be able to sell the farm and fund her four-year-old daughter’s badly needed medical treatment. With grim determination, Molly teaches herself basic homesteading skills. But her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself, from blizzards to grizzly bears. Will she and her child survive the savage winter? Will she outsmart the idealist young farmer who would thwart her plan to sell the farm? Not only their financial future, but their very lives are at stake. Only the journal written by Molly's courageous great-aunt, the land’s original homesteader, inspires her to struggle on.

The Search for Joyful

A Mrs. Mike Novel

Author: Benedict Freedman,Nancy Freedman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440625255

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2864

In this long-awaited sequel to the “unforgettable” (Boston Herald) bestseller Mrs. Mike, Benedict and Nancy Freedman paint a portrait of the World War II era—as seen through the eyes of a young Cree woman on her own for the very first time… When her dear friend O Be Joyful died in a flu epidemic, Mrs. Mike Flanigan opened her home—and heart—to her orphaned child, Kathy Forquet. Over the years, young Kathy delighted in the Flanigans’ love—and suffered the pain of her schoolmates’ prejudice. But as the terrors of World War II drew closer to home, Kathy decided to leave her familiar home and do her part by going to a nursing school in Montreal. There her life fills with drama and excitement as she meets two very different men—a Native American who helps her understand her lost heritage, and a wounded Austrian soldier who shares fascinating stories of his exotic, embattled homeland. And as she learns about herself and the world beyond her hometown, she tries to find the elusive prize she has sought for so long: the meaning of true joy… Richly detailed and emotionally powerful, The Search for Joyful is the inspiring story of a young woman’s courageous search for fulfillment—and the long-awaited new novel by the authors of the beloved Mrs. Mike, praised by Library Journal as “a book the reader will be unable to put down until the last page is read.”