Iditarod Dreams: A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer DeeDee Jonrowe

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Epicenter Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
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DeeDee Jonrowe loves dogs, and her consuming passion is the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Winter and summer, virtually day and night (even in her dreams!), Jonrowe and her huskies prepare for the thousand-mile race across Alaska. Jonrowe is the world's leading woman musher. Through 2009, she had finished the Iditarod race twenty-six times, including a dozen finishes in the top ten. She has won numerous awards recognizing her high standard of care for her dogs. Iditarod Dreams is an absorbing, personal account of a year in the life of this remarkable woman living on the edge of the wilderness with her husband, Mike, and enough howling huskies to populate a small town. It is about the special bond between a woman and her dogs, and about the astonishing measure of skill and stamina needed to compete in the Iditarod.

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The Iditarod is Alaska's answer to the lower 48 states' Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby. This dogsled race lasts ten or 11 days and covers 1100 miles. In her first-person narrative, Jonrowe describes ... Read full review

About the author (1995)

Lew Freedman is a native of Boston. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism, then served as a staff writer on various newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer. Moving to Alaska in 1984, he became the sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News in May of 1985. Freedman has written prize-winning short fiction, he has received dozens of journalism awards, and his work has been included three times in the Best Sports Stories anthology. DeeDee Jonrow has loved dogs for as long as she can remember. Her family moved ot Alaska when she was seventeen, and she became interested in sled dog racing while attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A competitor in twelve Iditarod races (as of this printing), Jonrowe has finished in the top ten for seven consecutive years.

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