Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube Pdf




Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Number of page: 288
Author: lair Braverman
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062311580
Rating:
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. Assured, honest, and lyrical, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving. 

About The Author

Blair Braverman graduated from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, where she was also an Arts Fellow. She has been a resident fellow at Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony and her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, The Atavist, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Orion, AGNI, High Country News, Waging Nonviolence, and on This American Life. She lives in Mountain, Wisconsin.

Similar books:

  • South with the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery

    South with the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery
    Roald Amundsen the last of the Vikings left his mark on the Heroic Era as one of the most successful polar explorers ever A powerfully built man more than six feet tall Amundsen s career of adventure began at the age of fifteen he was born in Norway in 1872 to a family of merchant sea captains and rich ship owners twenty five years later he was the first man to reach both the North and South Poles Lynne Cox adventurer and swimmer author of Swimming to Antarctica gripping Sports Illustrated and Grayson wondrous and unforgettable Carl Hiaasen gives us in South with the Sun a full scale account of the explorer s life and expeditions We see Amundsen in 1903 06 the first to travel the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in his small ship Gjøa a seventy foot refitted former herring boat powered by sails and a thirteen horsepower engine making his way through the entire length of the treacherous ice bound route between the northern Canadian mainland and Canada s Arctic islands from Greenland across Baffin Bay between the Canadian islands across the top of Alaska into the Bering Strait The dangerous journey took three years to complete as Amundsen his crew and six sled dogs waited while the frozen sea around them thawed sufficiently to allow for navigation We see him journey toward the North Pole in Fridtjof Nansen s famous Fram until word reached his expedition party of Robert Peary s successful arrival at the North Pole Amundsen then set out on a secret expedition to the Antarctic and we follow him through his heroic capture of the South Pole Cox makes clear why Amundsen succeeded in his quests where other adventurer explorers failed and how his methodical preparation and willingness to take calculated risks revealed both the spirit of the man and the way to complete one triumphant journey after another Crucial to Amundsen s success in reaching the South Pole was his use of carefully selected sled dogs Amundsen s canine crew members he called them our children had been superbly equipped by centuries of natural selection for survival in the Arctic The dogs he wrote are the most important thing for us The whole outcome of the expedition depends on them On December 14 1911 Roald Amundsen and four others 102 days and more than 1 880 miles later stood at the South Pole a full month before Robert Scott Lynne Cox describes reading about Amundsen as a young girl and how because of his exploits was inspired to follow her dreams We see how she unwittingly set out in Amundsen s path swimming in open waters off Antarctica then Greenland always without a wetsuit first as a challenge to her own abilities and then later as a way to understand Amundsen s life and the lessons learned from his vision imagination and daring South with the Sun inspiring wondrous and true is a bold adventure story of bold ambitious dreams From the Hardcover edition

  • North Pole Tenderfoot: A Rookie Goes on a North Pole Expedition Following in Admiral Peary's Footsteps

    North Pole Tenderfoot: A Rookie Goes on a North Pole Expedition Following in Admiral Peary’s Footsteps
    Why would Doug Hall follow in Robert Peary s 1909 sled tracks to the North Pole despite the grueling terrain and temperatures between 15 and 62 degrees below zero His goal was to resurrect the spirit of Peary s journey in a world increasingly driven by instant gratification short term business focus and lack of sustained dedication to great causes Peary succeeded where some 578 expeditions before him had failed North Pole Tenderfoot is Doug s attempt to let the reader experience what is possible when one does what Peary did think big

  • The White

    The White
    Adrian Caesar s chilling prose transported me right back into the heart of Antarctica This is a magnificent re telling of those two fateful expeditions of 1912 Ranulph FiennesMawson decided to turn north when he was suddenly plummeted downwards with the fearful rush of nightmare As the rope and harness attaching him to the sledge unravelled so did his hope But then he was arrested by a mighty jerk which felt as if it might remove his weakened arms The rope pulled up and he was suspended slowly revolving fourteen feet into a giant grave of ice He felt the sledge tugged by his weight towards the lid of the crevasse So this is the end he thought It is 1912 the heroic age of Antarctic exploration Scott s journey has ended Mawson s is just beginning Adrian Caesar s stunning stroke of imaginative recreation transports us to the last days of those perilous expeditions in the heart of the white continent Sweeping through deaths and disasters with the pace and inevitability of a thriller The White inexorably lays bare the forces that drove these two adventurers the values that inspired them and the remorseless obsession that dominated them

  • Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival

    Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival
    In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie in to the PBS documentary Tim Jarvis one of the world s leading explorers describes his modern day journey to retrace for the first time ever and in period clothing and gear the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton In early 1914 British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole Instead of glory Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival a three year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world s most famous tales of adventure endurance and leadership ever recorded In the winter of 2013 celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis a veteran of multiple polar expeditions set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain outfitted solely with authentic equipment clothing boots food and tools from Shackleton s time a feat that has never been successfully accomplished Shackleton s Epic is the remarkable record of Jarvis and his team s epic journey Beautifully designed and illustrated with dozens of photographs from the original voyage and its modern reenactment it is a visual feast for readers and historians alike and an essential new chapter in the story that has inspired adventurers across every continent for a century