This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates.
In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy's work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
|Publisher:||Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||35th Anniversary Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)|
About the Author
She is the award-winning author of Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge & most recently Red - A Desert Reader. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams 11
Part One - Fairbanks 17
Part Two – The Upper Koyukuk 83
Part Three – The Old Crow River 207
Part Four – Sheenjek 257
Part Five – Return to the Mountains 341
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What People are Saying About This
"Simply put, Mardy Murie is a national treasure. Her life has made a certain kind of life possible for the rest of us. Generations to come will feel her imprint, though they may not know it was how she lived her life that allowed them to witness some of the last wild places on Earth. They may not know that it is because of her life that their souls and spirits can be fed by what is natural and wild. I hope those who come long after us will have TWO IN THE FAR NORTH in their satchels as they gaze upon these natural wonders and that they, too, will come away with same resolve she ad to protect these incredible gifts." -Robert Redford
“’Having been the basis of all our sophisticated society, doesn’t wilderness itself have a right to live on?’
This question, which Mardy Murie formed in her youth in Alaska and put formally to the United States Congress in her seventies, will ring on for as long as there is wilderness to ask about.”
“Mardy Murie, senior woman of the wilderness movement, has helped generations of men and women understand and then articulate their devotion to the work of preserving wild landscapes. She has a grandmother’s poise, a lover’s fire, a spouse’s allegiance, a curandera’s wariness about Congressional platitudes. When she is gone, the land will break down in tears.” -Barry Lopez
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read! Mardie Murie is an inspiration to all who love nature and life. Her husband Olaus and his research along with involvement in the Nature Conservancy have helped to create many protected areas we enjoy today. Mardie writes of their adventures in Alaska with details vivid enough to make you feel you are there with her. A book to savor every word.
This book made me want to visit parts of Alaska I've yet to see and I found myself inspired by Margaret's strength. The description of mosquito swarms on the Yukon River still give me nightmares. If you live elsewhere and dream of Alaska add this book to your must ead list.
An account of life in the Arctic just as modernization and technology made so dramatically changed life in Alaska. The Murie's were instrumental in the conservation movement specific to Alaska.