On the Edge of Nowhere

On the Edge of Nowhere

by James Huntington, Lawrence Elliott

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BN ID: 2940148326410
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 188,978
File size: 377 KB

About the Author

"Jimmy Huntington’s philosophy of life was, “Where there’s life , there’s hope.” It stood the Alaskan in good stead when he fell through the ice on a subzero day and had only five minutes to get a fire going with numb fingers and wet wood.
Huntington came from hardy stock. His father was a miner and trapper, and his Athabascan Indian mother walked from Nome to the Hogatza River, over a thousand miles, in the dead of an Alaskan winter because she was “sick to see her children.”
Jimmy, his older brother Sidney 7, and younger sister Marion 2 inherited that hardiness. While his father was away on a 600 mille trip down the Yukon, Jimmy’s mother died. This left the three alone in the wilderness. Surviving alone for thirteen days, they were rescued by the sailors of the riverboat Teddy H. and taken to their father. Jimmy, Sidney, and Marion became famous across Alaska. for that ordeal.
Jimmy, the Huslia Hustler, became a famous dog musher. He won the Alaska Championship in Anchorage and the North American Dogsled Derby in Fairbanks. He was the third man ever to win both and at 40, the oldest man ever to win the All-Alaska Championship.
Jimmy’s style was straight forward and honest. For years, he served on the Alaska Fisheries Board, responsible for management and conservation of fisheries resources. He represented the Alaskan Natives and little guys against the big city and Lower Forty-eight interests.
November, 1974, he ran for election to the Alaska legislature and won as a write-in candidate. There he continued representing Alaska Natives and the little guys.
True to his philosophy, he told his children,”I’ll be back,” on the night of February 27, 1987, while he was being evacuated to a Fairbanks hospital due to heart trouble. Although there was hope, he didn’t live. He died during the flight leaving a uniquely Alaskan legacy.
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On the Edge of Nowhere 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A short and engaging account of one man's survival in Alaska during the first half of the 20th century. Although the stories were amazing, they certianly seemed a little far fetched. I want to believe that Mr. Hunting killed him a wolf when he was eight and took out three bears with an axe but somehow I imagine there might be a little exgaration going on. This book reads more like the Paul Bunyan/Davy Crocket tales of Alaska. Huntington had a knack for getting his life in order than having some crazy catastrophe happen which caused him to start all over. It's was a little frustrating to read about, then the ending was so abrupt. I suppose I need to read through the afterword of the newer edition to see if there may be more insights to his life.
cmac1 More than 1 year ago
If you think you have it hard. If you think life dealt you a bad hand, read this story of a man who didn't know how to quit. Get an education in how to dig deep and stick to something.
Patrica More than 1 year ago
I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my husband and he wants to tell me about it and says I won't believe what happens but I want to read it so I won't let him!
HikerEC More than 1 year ago
If you want to relive in his own words the life of a person in old Alaska. (Late 1800's through mid 1900's.) James Huntington grew up hard and lived even harder but he never did seem to lose that ability to enjoy life. Many people could learn from his book. In other words this is an outstanding book and I highly recomend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
its a really great book. i really liked it. awsome!! all the adventures in this book, it would keep a little kid occupied. It is a really great book to read any old time. It was about a half breed man just trying to make a living in Alaska. i would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in high school. My mother handed it to me and said it was pretty good. I learned that when she said a book was pretty good it was really good. This book was great. An easy read for a younger person, full of adventure and emotion. Interesting cultural and historical flavor. Very inspirational. Just a great book. I would recommend this book for teachers who are looking for books to have in the classroom.