A young upstate New York woman begins an adventure of a lifetime as she moves away from her safe and conventional path. She is unable to resist the excitement and challenge of a chance to become a geological explorer in Alaska, where she maps remote wilderness areas and journeys to the depths of her own heart.
This is a memoir full of rich and eccentric characters with human failings. But it also reveals the courage and sacrifice of the author’s “family” of visionary explorers who mapped the wild state. Surviving dangers most people will never face, the author persists in the face of hardships, loss, and a stunning personal tragedy.
"Given her motto, “If at first you don’t succeed, try something that’s harder,” it is not surprising that Albanese’s journey from a farm in upstate New York to a new life in Alaska—spurred by a gut feeling and news of a teacher shortage there—was filled with great successes, disappointing failures, and heartrending losses. Spiked with wry humor, Albanese’s candid narrative is most effective when she pivots between accounts of surmounting handicaps (e.g., unfamiliarity with the extreme climate; being a woman in a male-dominated field) to horrifying tales of colleagues disappearing in the wilds, being mauled by bears, and falling off mountains. She ends on a bittersweet note, reflecting on her reasons for leaving Alaska, a place that once held seemingly endless opportunities for her."
“This is the real deal, folks. Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon: Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska won’t take you long to read. It so accurately captures a time when there was a special feeling you could find only in Alaska: one of hope and innocence and the sky’s the limit.”
--Jeff Lowenfels, New York Journal of Books
“What makes this memoir fascinating is that it is an amusing, no-holds-barred, coming-of-age story of a kind seldom written by women.”
--Lael Morgan, author of "Eskimo Star"
"Stunning, beautiful, funny, sad -- a memoir that will have you taking the chance to find your niche in the world!"
--Amy Lignor, GoodReads
“An engaging memoir of an adventurous life in Alaska—tough, humorous, and inspiring.”
--Meg Gardiner, author of The Nightmare Thief
About Mary Albanese
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Published April 1, 2012
by Epicenter Press.
Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Sports & Outdoors.