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Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska [Ebook] ➩ Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska Author Seth Kantner – 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 vi His story begins with the arrival Porcupine: A eBook ↠ of his father Howard Kantner to the remote Arctic of the s and ends with him as a grown man settled in the same landscape Through a Shopping for PDF/EPUB or 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 for Porcupine: A PDF/EPUB ½ a compelling intimate view of America’s last frontier — the same place that captivated so many readers of Ordinary Wolves.

10 thoughts on “Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Can't believe I haven't reviewed this book yet It is one of my all time favorite favorite books and easily one of the best memoirs I've read Shopping for Porcupine has been on my shelf since it was released It is one of those books that I pick up periodically and flip through read a chapter here and there just because it's so darn fascinating Kantner the author brings you smack into the center of his arctic world and before you know it you feel like you've lived there all along Wonderful reflection on a changing landscape and on a life filled with colorful friends and experiences few of us will ever share

  2. Mary Mary says:

    Although Ordinary Wolves is a superior work Shopping for Porcupine gave a deeper insight into the Arctic as it stands today on than the emotional cultural levels that Wolves touches I was not prepared for the disjointed nature of the work and was not surprised although a little disappointed to find on the last page that it consisted primarily of previously published essays Given the gravity for all of us that the lost Arctic Kantner is mourning and celebrating poses I feel that it deserves a coherent work I have no doubt he is capable of doing it justice he did in Wolves as far as Fiction can but this work did not

  3. Diane Diane says:

    If you are looking for a beautifully written book with wonderful photographs of Alaska I highly recommend Shopping for Porcupine A Life in Alaska by Seth KanterThis book is part autobiography and part a historical portrait of Alaska and its people Seth Kanter was born in 1964 and spent most of his life in Northern Alaska 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 The story is told through a series of moving essays and vivid photographs The subjects range from family histories to hunting stories and celebrations of people and placesThis book is # 2 for the author His first book Ordinary Wolves received great reviews and I look forward to reading this book as well in the near future

  4. Daniel Cornwall Daniel Cornwall says:

    I read the first two chapters then a chapter towards the end While I often like accounts of Rural Alaska and the homesteading life I could not get into this bookThere was just something about the author's tone that annoyed me A seeming disdain for city folk and the larger society outside the Bush As though there was something wrong with people whole wanted a life different than that of the one lived by the author's familyThe book sections I read were free of typos and richly illustrated with photos of scenery and people There is a helpful Inupiat glossary in the front of the bookAlthough this book wasn't for me it might be for you if you are intrigued by a deep Bush experience and can set aside the author's apparent judgmentalism Or decide Mr Kantner isn't as judgmental as I make him out to be

  5. Elizabeth R Elizabeth R says:

    I'd give this 35 stars if I could I loved Ordinary Wolves and just as in that book this is deeply evocative of time and place The landscape of bush Alaska is as much a character as the people in these stories nonfiction essays about life in the same It's such a different kind of life and one that I find fascinating that I loved reading each and every one They certainly help explain how he came to write Ordinary Wolves The kind of life he led is one that as he points out really doesn't exist much any but the kind of life that his father led in Alaska is even does that make sense? extinct If anyone thinks they live close to the land they should read this book it will make them reconsider

  6. Ashley Ashley says:

    This book made me miss Alaska Although I never came even a little bit close to living the way Seth Kantner does in Shopping for Porcupine the way he speaks of the land the way he describes being alone in the Alaskan wilderness and the way he grappled with the fact that technology is changing Alaska spoke to me Although I could never live the kind of true subsistence lifestyle Seth and his family lead in the book I can't help but be drawn to it A good read for anyone who loves wild Alaska and wants to make sure it stays that way

  7. Janet Janet says:

    Lovely simple snippets of what life was like before the rest of the world came to Alaska and modernized things Sounds pretty idyllic but very very difficult And cold Luckily the author doesn't slam any it just observes ad shares his memories

  8. Alison Alison says:

    Ordinary Wolves was one tough act to follow and this didn't uite do it for me though it's still a good read

  9. Annette Annette says:

    The photography was impressive than the stories

  10. B B says:

    Seth Kantner isn't a writer Yeah yeah I know he won an award for his first book Ordinary Wolves but I am going to argue it was for the original lens he brings rather than acknowledgment of verbal prowessBecause here's the thing Kantner doesn't need to be a writer to make this book interesting His life is so original compared to what we in the lower 48 experience that the book is interesting just by way of being written by this particular man Kantner was born and raised in Northern Alaska His father had moved up to Alaska in love with the wildness of the landscape and successfully started a family of whiteboys up there Kantner's parents now live in Hawaii and I do wonder what spurred that change Life is extreme the land vast and sometimes lonely You need to pay close attention to the horizon at all times what is going on with the caribou with the clouds etc to ensure your comfortable survival Living in handmade sod igloos and regularly having mice scurry across your face in the night doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs to me but Kantner embraces where he is from and writes un apologetically about animal skin tack boards in the kitchen and eating bowls of bear fat for a meal I did enjoy that as the memoir winds down Kantner takes the time to discuss the changing landscape and how climate change has negatively effected his community Kantner isn't just here to entertain us with stories of hunting moose and navigating tundra he's here to remind us just how much is at stake to lose I have two uestions after reading this book that weren't answered what's the bathroom situation and do you ever really see your feet?

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