Obviously a great way to get to know a place is to read about the lives of people who live there. Strange how difficult this still is.
This seriously good book had me in its grasp from start to finish, until I learned some troublesome facts that made me question part of its power.
These stories, told in cinematic detail (almost all of them would make amazing graphic novels) feature battles, war, shape-shifters, heroes and heroines and voyages to the spirit world.
“What? Really? I made it? I’m in the NHL? Holy fuck,” writes Jordin Tootoo in this 2014 autobiography. “The next thing you know, I was a household name in Nashville.”
This is, quite simply, an amazing book.
Libby Whittall Catling is no Karl Ove Knausgaard. She refuses to cross the bar of common decency and write about her life in explosive detail. But this is still an absorbing and reflective book about a very distant corner of the N.W.T.
This weighty naturalist's tome from 1986 speaks just as loudly today.
“An expression of abiding love for northern Canada and its people, True North Rising is an irresistible collection of stories, rants, and intimate confessions,” writes Jim Bell of Nunatsiaq News, whose review of this book is dead on.
There’s no better description of scent in the Arctic than in Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth: “The air is so clean you can smell the difference between smooth rock and jagged. You can smell water running over shale.”