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Author Van Hemert, Caroline, author.

Title The sun is a compass : a 4,000-mile journey into the Alaskan wilds / Caroline Van Hemert.

Publication Info. New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Van Hemert,C VAN    Available
Edition First edition.
Description vii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 22 cm
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Summary During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America. In the end, The Sun Is a Compass is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Bibliography Includes index.
Subject Van Hemert, Caroline -- Travel -- Alaska.
Alaska -- Description and travel.
Ornithologists -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Travel writing.
ISBN 9780316414425 (hardcover)
0316414425 (hardcover)

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