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Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild Hardcover – Aug 22 2014
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"There's a lot to like in this book—and a lot to be learned. If you're dreaming of mounting your own arctic river expedition, you'll be taking notes." —Jo Deurbrouck, author of Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West's Great Rivers(2014-04-16)
"A perilous journey through an unforgiving landscape. A wild adventure that sweeps you up in its wake. Jennifer Kingsley is a wicked paddler and a beautiful writer." —Andrew Westoll(2014-02-05)
"In the tradition of great exploration literature, Jennifer Kingsley examines both the wilderness she paddles through and the wilderness within. An engrossing story that illuminates the north and the nature of friendship." —Don Gillmor(2014-05-05)
"Kingsley goes in search of a place where she feels 'both small and strong,' and comes back with a fast-paced story of risk, reward and raw emotion. For fans of adventure literature, here is a wilder Wild." —J.B. MacKinnon(2014-05-13)
"A page-turner of an adventure in the Far North, at turns bone-chilling, mind-blowing, and exultant. This is travel-writing at its best." —Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood(2014-06-10)
"The book is an emotional read, a sense of longing or yearning running throughout. Kingsley is a fine and vulnerable writer … She writes that she came north to feel 'both small and strong' and the cold sweeping plains of Nunavut do that for her." —Jill Frayne, Literary Review of Canada(2014-09-10)
"Words often fail when it comes to describing the grandeur of the Canadian Arctic, but Ottawa-based writer Kingsley succeeds beautifully in her ruminative memoir about a 54-day rowing trip through Nunavut that featured caribou, grizzlies, and treacherous rapids.—Backpacker Magazine(2014-10-27)
"Transporting readers on a 52 day paddling trip up the Black River…Pack your long johns."." —Mark Medley and Domini Clark, The Globe and Mail Travel Section(2014-10-10)
"Through raging winds, rapids and ice, Kingsley and five others test their physical endurance in an exploration unlike any before." ―Marie Waine, Ottawa Life Magazine(2014-10-15)
"In Paddlenorth, Kingsley reveals her aptitude in natural history interpretation as well as wilderness philosophy . . . Her prose is lean, raw and inspiring―the hallmarks of great travel writing." ―Canoe and Kayak(2015-01-01)
"The physical and emotional rawness of the trip is keenly felt in Kingsley's prose, leaving the reader to ponder the incredible toll such a journey would take." ―Shelf Awareness(2014-10-27)
"As Kingsley reflects upon her experience, she also explores contemporary dependence on communication technology and writes about wilderness as a reprieve from modernity." ―Quill and Quire(2015-01-21)
"Paddlenorth takes the reader on a journey that paints the Arctic as both spectacular and wild, tracing some of the pathways of earlier explorers." —Above and Beyond, Canada's Arctic Journal(2014-09-01)
"A beautiful book." —Alison Pick, 49th Shelf(2014-09-02)
" . . . constant danger from frigid, white water, hypothermia and the loss of a canoe, food stores or essential supplies . . . and Kingsley’s fine prose make for a gripping story." —Ottawa Citizen(2015-01-10)
"Kingsley, a Cottage Life contributor (and a wicked paddler—good to know!), describes her at-times perilous 54-day trip along Canada’s wild Back River." —Cottage Life(2014-11-24)
"This account of danger, hardship and triumph...makes for compulsive reading, aided by Kingsley's easy style." ―thestar.come(2015-01-30)
National Outdoor Book Awards(2015-11-12)
About the Author
Jennifer Kingsley holds a degree in biology and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and has worked as a guide and naturalist for more than a decade. Her writing and radio stories have been featured nationally and internationally.
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People today don’t seem to have much faith in the younger generation. I hear frequently that kids these days spend too much time with technology and not enough outdoors or that they don’t know how to write a decent letter. Well, obviously people who say that have not met Jennifer Kingsley. This young lady spends lots of time in the outdoors and has just released her first book about her canoe trip in the Arctic. After reading Kingsley’s “Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild” they may change their mind.
I have I recently read “Paddlenorth” and, honestly, I couldn’t put it down. This is a small 225-page book, but I finished reading it in two days. It is a non-fiction book about Kingsley’s experiences while paddling along the Back River in the Arctic in 2005. I was expecting this to be a book about the rivers and the landforms which surround them – geography and perhaps a bit of nature; however, this isn’t just a travel log. Kingsley has incorporated many different complex story lines including nature and geography, history, relationships, and personal growth and more.
Kingsley is scientist, artist and journalist. She has managed to squeeze in a lot in a very short time. She has an MFA in creative non-fiction writing from the University of Victoria and a degree in Biology. She was a writer at the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program in 2010. She has worked in broadcasting for the CBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and helped launch the Banff Centre Radio. She has worked as naturalist, grizzly bear guide and expedition staff in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland; tutorial leader and lecturer and more. All these talents and experiences are evident in this, her first book.Read more ›
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Good story about a canoe expedition in the Canadian Arctic. Adventure, nature and human nature. I would have liked more insight by the author into her motivations but it was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Always Reading
Jennifer writes beautifully, with just the right balance of personal narrative, history, natural history, adventure and even mystery. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joel H
I generally take a long time to go through a book, but this one I found hard to put down. Chalk full of insights about human nature, and a unique glimpse at how we each experience... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tori Foster
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