Arctic Circle: Birth & Rebirth in the Land of the Caribou

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Every year without fail, caribou from the Yukon and Alaska set off in early April to a small corner of Alaska to give birth to their young. The journey - an ordeal of mountains and blizzards, ravenous wolves, scant forage, and river crossings with ice chunks the size of trucks - is the longest migration of any land animal on earth. Despite these formidable obstacles, the females find their way to the calving grounds on the coast of the Beaufort Sea, deliver their calves in June, and then begin their long journey home.

This is their story, told by an author who travels to the Arctic in his seventh decade with his son to 'witness a few moments of this endless turning circle of birth and rebirth' and to answer the question, 'What is the true nature of the North?' Is it the good and generous land of which the Inuit sing, or, in the words of Arctic explorer, Elisha Kent Kane, 'Horrible! Horrible!' a dwelling place of darkness and death?

Personal and profound, chock-full of adventure, literary references, natural history, and ecological concerns, Mr. Reid's memoir is moving and poignant, evocative and cautionary.

Arctic Circle is a book, in short, that every reader concerned with the fate of the Far North should embrace.

Review:

'Reid's yearning for the Arctic crystallized when he met Fred Meader in 1977. A homesteader living deep in the Alaskan wilderness, Meader was in California speaking about the environmental toll of oil drilling and advocating for protection of the magnificent Brooks Range. Because of heart-rending losses and tribulations, it took Reid many years to reach Alaska, and he now chronicles his bittersweet journeys in a meditative, affecting, and funny tale of adventure and revelation. Reid's big desire was to witness the great migration of the Porcupine caribou herd (named for the Porcupine River), which for thousands of years has made an unbelievably arduous annual trek to a coastal plain, where female caribous give birth and care for their young.

'As Reid recounts his Arctic sojourns with awe, lyricism, and bemusement, he subtly interlaces inner and outer worlds and traces the circles of struggle and understanding, life and death. Spectacular descriptions, charming wit, and forthright reflections on what makes a place sacred become striking testimony to the importance of the Arctic wild and the need to preserve it' (Donna Seaman, Booklist June 2009)

Robert Reid has won the Silver Pen Award and has been inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, for his work on Arctic Circle.
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(9781567923506)

SKU 9781567923506
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Artist / Author Robert Leonard REID

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