Shopping for Porcupine

Shopping for Porcupine

A Life in Arctic Alaska

Book - 2008
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His story begins with the arrival of his father, Howard Kantner, to the remote Arctic of the 1950s and ends with him as a grown man settled in the same landscape. Through a series of moving essays and vivid photographs, ranging in subject from family histories to hunting stories, celebrations of people and places to a lament over a majestic wilderness rapidly disappearing, Shopping for Porcupine provides a compelling, intimate view of America's last frontier -- the same place that captivated so many readers of Ordinary Wolves.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781571313010
Branch Call Number: 813.6 Kantner 06/2008
Characteristics: xi, 240 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ;,23 cm.


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Jul 03, 2010

I cannot even begin to describe the photography in this book. It's as amazing as the story told of the author's parents settling in Alaska and raising children in the old waya as well as living completely off the land. I highly recommend this book.

Sep 02, 2009

This is a wonderful story. It just pulls you along into a life so different from what we experience. Seth Kantner is an outstanding writer. See his Ordinary Wolves as well - it is a novel, but reads like his expanded life.

May 19, 2009

Born in 1965 in a sod igloo in Arctic Alaska and raised in the ways of the Inupiaq people Kantner, using a pleasant coversational tone, shares true stories of his own tundra experiences from childhood through adulthood. Kantner testifies to the immense challanges of day-to-day survival in a homemade sod igloo, a structure that was regularly buried by sudden snow squalls in a climate where "frostbite was a way of life." While the chapters, containing pictures taken by the author, read like individual stories it is the entire book's beauty I found outstanding. A wonderful story for those loving true-life tales and especially those with an interest in nature and Native American life.


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