Arctic Dreams

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Open Road Media, Jun 25, 2013 - Nature - 496 pages
This New York Times–bestselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is “one of the finest books ever written about the far North” (Publishers Weekly).

“The nation’s premier nature writer” travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (San Francisco Chronicle). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” account by the author of Of Wolves and Men takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world’s last frontiers (The New York Times).

Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.

Renowned environmentalist and author of Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey has called Arctic Dreams “a splendid book .†.†. by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the New Yorker hails it as a “landmark” work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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"There is something of the original creation here." Written with brilliant foresight in 1986 as a testimonial to beauty, solitude, wisdom, science, and truth, not as the eulogy which it has become ... Read full review

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Many reviewers have opined about how lyrical “Arctic Dreams” is and I have to agree; Lopez has the soul of a poet as he describes the Arctic’s beauty and terror and his own feelings about the points ... Read full review


Authors Note
Ponds Bay Baffin Island
Banks Island Ovibos moschatus
TŰrn‚rssuk Ursus maritimus
Lancaster Sound Monodon monoceros
Migration The Corridors of Breath
The Country of the Mind

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Barry Lopez (b. 1945) is the author of thirteen books of essays, short stories, and nonfiction. He is a recipient of the National Book Award, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous other literary and cultural honors and awards. His highly acclaimed books include Arctic Dreams, Winter Count, and Of Wolves and Men, for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals. He lives in western Oregon.†

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