Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home

Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home

by Leigh Newman
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Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Sara_Goff More than 1 year ago
I’ve tried writing from the perspective of a child and can attest that it isn’t easy for an adult to stay consistently in a young person’s mind, to sound believable, and still be insightful and engaging. It’s a balancing act that Newman has mastered. Even in the voice of her younger self, she inspires, challenges, and makes you fall in love with her. Newman’s silent cry for love and acceptance from her divorced parents had a haunting effect on me, perhaps because I, too, am a product of divorce and the back-and-forth routine. That said, her story is incredibly unique, and her experiences in Alaska, at times life-threatening, make you open your eyes wide and hold your breath. In addition to her beautiful writing and the delicacy with which she portrays human nature, Newman lands with a solid and satisfying ending. Still Points North is a worthy and entertaining read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my English class and I absolutely loved it. Leigh Newman's honest, humorous, and easy-to-read style will captivate you from the beginning to the end. A beautiful story that's honest about the complexity and flaws of the people around us. A definite must-read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting it to be about the area and the authors memories; but it was more about family dynamics. I'm so sorry she had to deal with this and I hope this was cathartic for her to write it. I'm sure others may like it but it just was not what I was expecting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down on my last flight. It's such a pleasure to dissapear into the heart and mind of this sensitive, thoughtful writer. Whether you've been to Alaska or suffered through your parents divorce or not, you will find her insighr both brave and surprising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story of how a confused child of divorce finds escape as an impossible path to happiness. But also a story of the power of unconditional love in saving a child as an adult. Highly recommend.
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abySB More than 1 year ago
A hard childhood but obviously one she enjoyed for the most part. Very dangerous at times and her father obviously forgot some basic safety precautions at times.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a native English speaker; which makes it always more difficult to enter into a new book. Here it is not. A smooth entrance. Writing is fluid. It is an "invitation au voyage" to the far North, but also to the complex internal world of childhood, the weight but also the strength of the influence of the parents. Always subtly described ... Cannot wait to finish the book. A great memoir!
jenncainJC More than 1 year ago
Liegh Newman has the Saturday pancake smile and twinkle-in-the-eye of a tomboy who grew into her own unique version of womanhood. I feel like she wrote this book for me, for us - her peers who grew up loving the outdoors with our dads, then moved away in pursuit of professional dreams and complicated, urban lives. The story made me nostalgic and long for a simpler time of community and connectedness, to our families, to our friends and to the earth. Thank you Leigh for reminding me that the journey that starts from home can help me find my way back to who I really am. Pick up a copy today and dive into the delicious nostalgia! Jennifer Cain Birkmose