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Part adventure story part love story part homecoming Still Points North is a page turning memoir that explores the extremes of belonging and exile and the difference between how to survive and knowing how to truly liveGrowing up in the wilds of Alaska seven year old Leigh Newman spent her time landing silver salmon hiking glaciers and flying in a single prop plane But her life split in two when her parents unexpectedly divorced reuiring her to spend summers on the tundra with her “Great Alaskan” father and the school year in Balti with her urbane motherNavigating the fraught terrain of her family’s unraveling Newman did what any outdoorsman would do She adapted With her father she fished remote rivers hunted caribou and packed her own shotgun shells With her mother she memorized the names of antiue furniture composed proper bread and butter notes and studied Latin poetry at a private girl’s school Charting her way through these two very different worlds Newman learned to never get attached to people or places and to leave others before they left her As an adult she explored the most distant reaches of the globe as a travel writer yet had difficulty navigating the far foreign landsca. Newman captivated me What an honest transparent refreshing coming of age story Newman's writing style is beautiful In one sentence she fills your heart with emotion gives you a giggle and leaves you with a photo Truly amazingDad is smiling too but a happy terrified smile as if the world might turn out to be a bubble and popTrying to disguise my long for their dumb young bliss with a safe prickly coating of distain And this book isn't just for children affected by divorce or Alaskans This story is for anyone who is searching for their place in the world and has struggled along their way Highly recommendedMiss Leigh you have gained a fan I look forward to any of your future writingsI received this book as a Goodreads giveaway A free book does not eual a favorable review

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Still Points NorthPe of love and marriageIn vivid astonishing prose Newman reveals how a child torn between two homes becomes a woman who both fears and idealizes connection how a need for independence can morph into isolation and how even the most guarded heart can still long for understanding Still Points North is a love letter to an unconventional Alaskan childhood of endurance and affection one that teaches us that no matter where you go in life the truest tests of courage are the chances you take not with bears and blizzards but with other peopleAdvance praise for Still Points North   “Leigh Newman writes so lucidly about bewilderment so honestly about self deception so courageously about fear so compassionately about insensitivity so hilariously about suffering and loss Still Points North is a remarkable book a travel memoir of the mapless dangerous seas and territories between childhood and adulthood” Karen Russell Pulitzer Prize finalist for Swamplandia  “ Still Points North begins in the remote woods of Alaska and then travels around the world and back again tracking the adventures of a girl set adrift Newman navigates her way through these exuisitely written pages with the strength and skil. I thoroughly enjoyed this book The writer's voice is luminous and the stories about her childhood in Alaska are compelling and unusual I found myself wrapped up in these talesdidn't realize how much time had passed until I looked up at the clock Highly recommended

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READ & DOWNLOAD ¸ Still Points North » Part adventure story part love story part homecoming Still Points North is a page turning memoir that explores the extremes of belonging and exile and the difference between how to survive and knowing how to truly liveGrowing up in the wilds of Alaska seven year old Leigh Newman spent her time landing silvL of a river guide always keeping her bearings and like the salmon her father teaches her to catch in the wilderness learns how to remove the hooks from her own life and set herself back in the water” Hannah Tinti bestselling author of The Good Thief   “At once harrowing and tender hearted Still Points North is a memoir that reminds us of the fragility of family architecture and of father figures as mysterious heroic flawed humans Leigh Newman illuminates the power of domestic discord to become a literal struggle for survival brilliantly drawing a picture of a child tumbling through her family’s dissolution as she struggles to make sense of what family means” A M Homes bestselling author of The Mistress’s Daughter   “ Still Points North features a heroine as intrepid as you’ll find in any adventure story which makes sense since her parents’ divorce left her stranded on that desert island we call a lonely childhood But this memoir isn’t so much about what was supplied as what was Newman’s story is a testament to passion the ethic of self reliance and the capacity for joy that her parents did share” Jim Shepard author of You Think That’s Bad From the Hardcover editio. Refreshingly honest and open this memoir was a mixed bag On one hand it's cleverly written with lovely wry descriptions and a knack for telling details that encapsulate a person's character in few words It is also a captivating description of a very unorthodox childhood in the wilds of Alaska with fishing and hunting and Great Alaskan plane mishaps It is also a sad story of how her parents' divorce broke her emotionally and a rather wretched description of a lost and lonely and selfish young woman who almost wrecks her own marriage I found it hard to like the protagonist though I am very happy that the epilogue seems to hint that she is pulling it together in the end