North of Hope by Shannon Polson
A Daughter's Arctic Journey

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When her parents are
killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's remote Arctic, author Shannon Huffman
Polson is forced into a wilderness of grief. Her quest for healing is recounted
with heartbreaking candor in North of

Polson travels from her
home in Seattle to the wilderness of Alaska, where she retraces her father and
stepmother's final days along an Arctic river, effortlessly weaving together
the internal landscape of grief with the exterior landscape of the Arctic,
elegantly entwining natural history, adventure and sacred pilgrimage while she
wrestles with and draws strength from her faith and memories.

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with
the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Readers will find inspiration
for their own challenges through Polson's journey. 

About Shannon Polson

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Shannon Polson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. She was a contributing writer to More Than 85Broads, and her work has appeared in Seattle and Alaska Magazines, Cirque Journal, Adventure Magazine, and Trachodon, among others. Polson graduated with a B.A. from Duke University in English Literature, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and an M.F.A. from Seattle Pacific University. She served eight years as an attack helicopter pilot in the Army and worked five years in corporate marketing and management roles before turning to writing full time. Polson serves on the board of the Alaska Wilderness League and sings with the critically acclaimed Seattle Pro Musica. She has looked for adventure and challenge anywhere she can find it, scuba diving, sky diving and climbing around the world, including ascents of Denali and Kilimanjaro, and completing two Ironman triathlons. She and her family enjoy backpacking, any kind of skiing, paddling, and spending as much time outdoors as they can in the Western states and Alaska. In September 2009, Polson was awarded the Trailblazer Woman of Valor award from Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell.
Published April 9, 2013 by Zondervan. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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In her debut, Polson offers a memoir of her journey down a river of grief, set against the sparkling beauty of the wilderness of her native Alaska. A year after her father and stepmother are killed by

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