A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska [NOOK Book]

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In A Place Beyond, Nick Jans leads us into his “found” home—the Eskimo village of Ambler, Alaska, and the vast wilderness around it. In his powerful essays, the rhythms of daily arctic life blend with high adventure—camping among wolves, traveling with Iñupiat hunters, witnessing the Kobuk River at breakup. The poignancy of a village funeral comes to life, hordes of mosquitoes whine against a tent, a grizzly stands etched against the snow—just a sampling of the images and events rendered in Jan’s transparent, ...
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A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska

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Overview

In A Place Beyond, Nick Jans leads us into his “found” home—the Eskimo village of Ambler, Alaska, and the vast wilderness around it. In his powerful essays, the rhythms of daily arctic life blend with high adventure—camping among wolves, traveling with Iñupiat hunters, witnessing the Kobuk River at breakup. The poignancy of a village funeral comes to life, hordes of mosquitoes whine against a tent, a grizzly stands etched against the snow—just a sampling of the images and events rendered in Jan’s transparent, visual prose. Moments of humor are offset by haunting insights, and by thoughtful reflections on contemporary Iñupiat culture, making A Place Beyond a book to savor.
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What has always impressed me about Jans’ writing is his modesty and ability to describe scenes aptly without exaggeration…Jans can write about wolves and caribou and ice mostly engagingly, but he is at his best telling of himself and his friends.    —- Bill Hunt, We Alaskans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882408996
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 352,396
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nick Jans is one of Alaska’s most recognized and prolific writers. A contributing editor to Alaska Magazine and a member of USA Today’s board of editorial contributors, he’s written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, and contributed to many anthologies. His range includes poetry, short fiction, literary essays, natural history, outdoor adventure, fishing, and political commentary. He has been the recipient of numerous writing awards including a Rasmuson Foundation artist grant. He currently lives in Juneau with his wife, Sherrie, and travels widely in Alaska. He returns each year to Ambler, the arctic Inupiaq Eskimo village in which he lived for 20 years, and the place he still calls “home.” 
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The real question, though, wasn't what or when, but why. I knew they didn't quite understand what held me here. If only they could sit with me and watch the caribou flowing south down the Redstone valley, or smell the tundra after a late spring rain. Come up, I told them, and I'll show you.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments – 7, Map – 8, Preface – 11, Grandpa's Ghost – 15, Putyuq Always Get – 21, Thin Water – 27, Sometimes Always Never – 33, Gearhead Heaven – 39, One of Us – 45, A State of Mind – 51, The Only Game – 59, Whistle for the Wind – 65, The Killing
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