North of Unknown: Mina Hubbard's Extraordinary Expedition Into the Labrador Wilderness
"Randall Silvis is this country's most pitch-perfect stylist, and one of a few writers in his generation who will make a difference."--Pulitzer prize nominee William Allen
A remarkable adventure, a love story, and a thrilling race are all front and center in this account of how one woman's devotion to her late husband's memory transformed Mina Hubbard from a rural nurse into the most celebrated female explorer of her time.
In 1903, following an ambitious expedition to map the interior of Labrador, Mina's husband, Leonidas, died of starvation in a cold, boggy, wind-scoured landscape. The news devastated Mina, but even more devastating were the accusations by Dillon Wallace, Leonidas' partner, that the expedition failed due to his incompetence. The allegations so infuriated her that she launched her own expedition at a time when a woman's place was the home, not adventuring.
The expedition took place at the same time that Dillon Wallace was launching his; so the race was on. Using her late husband's original route so as to vindicate both her and Leonidas, she and her Native crew discover a landscape that is at once alluring and formidable. Driven by her devotion, Mina wins the race, beating Wallace by a month and a half, and becomes in the process the first white woman to make contact with the elusive Naskapis Indians.
Using original source material and the memoirs of the main actors of this remarkable drama, the author pieces together a page-turning narrative of the race between Mina and Wallace, as well as the fateful first expedition of Leonidas Hubbard.
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Does this book sound familiar to you? Perhaps it is because Randall Silvis published the exact same work under a different title (Heart So Hungry: A Woman's Extraordinary Journey into the Labrador Wilderness) and a different ISBN number in 2004. Nowhere on the jacket of the latest version does it acknowledge this fact. You only find this out, if you are cautious, by reading the fine print on the publication facts page. Or, if you are not so cautious, as in my case, by buying it and only then discovering that you have previously bought and read it under the earlier title. In my own defense, I have trekked across Labrador myself and so I am inclined to buy anything on the topic of that part of Canada.
I consider this to be an unscrupulous marketing practice. Whether Randall Silvis was a direct party to the decision to do this I cannot say but it does not speak well for him that he would allow his second publishing of this work to go out without better explanation of what was going on.
I won't comment on the relative merits of this work compared to the many other treatments of the Hubbard/Wallace story, as others have done.Each person should form their own opinion of this. But I do consider that I have wasted $22.95 plus taxes buying this second publication and I caution others not to make the same mistake.
More importantly I have totally lost my respect for this author.
Heart So Hungry: A Woman's Extraordinary Journey into the Labrador Wilderness
No preview available - 2011
Woman Who Mapped Labrador: The Life and Expedition Diary of Mina Hubbard
Limited preview - 2005
MBR: MBR Bookwatch, January 2006
... and memoirs blend with Randall Silvis' masterful history in NORTH OF UNKNOWN: MINA HUBBARD'S EXTRAORDINARY EXPEDITION INTO THE LABRADOR WILDERNESS. ...
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