This book is a memoir of soul-searching and dog-mushing in the Artic. With beautiful prose, the author jumps between her semester abroad in Lillehammer, her year at a Norwegian folk school, her summers as a dogsledder on an Alaskan glacier, and her recent time in a remote village in northern Norway. Braverman brings attention to the realities faced by women in the wilderness, gives a detailed account of life in the North, and brings the reader along for her internal journey.— Rebecca
A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman confronting her fears and finding home in the North.
Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska.
By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair's endeavor to become a "tough girl"--someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion--being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police--and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man's land.
Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.