Now, Peter is a bit older, married and a father of six children, and his journeys are much different than they were. All these years later he is still looking for adventure, inspiration, unspoiled land, and heroic human beings. Certainly, he found all of this and more in Alaska.
Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can. His resulting portrait is a rare and unforgettable depiction of a dangerous and beautiful land and the people that call it home.
He also takes his family with him, renting a `home base' in Seward, Alaska, and coming and going from there. The way his family lived, how they made Alaska their home, is as much a part of this story as Peter's own travels. All in all, Jenkins delivers a memorable diary of discovery-both of this place that captures all our imaginations, and of himself, all over again.
©2003 Peter Jenkins; (P)2003 Jenkins World Productions
"Jenkins convinces readers that there is much to look at and to look for in Alaska." (Publishers Weekly)
"A narrative that sparkles with adventure, quirky characters, unbelievable hardships, and indescribable beauty." (Library Journal)
"Mr. Jenkins has a winning style, and an unmatched willingness to engage with strangers." (The New York Times)
"People like Peter Jenkins. They open up to him, and sooner or later, they tell him their tales." (Los Angeles Times)
"If anyone can feel the pulse of America, it is Peter Jenkins." (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Having lived in AK for two winters and covered the end of the Iditarod in Safety and then Nome for a local radio station, Peter's descriptions of AK, especially bush AK are spot on. At first his delivery is a little monotone, but soon you forget the messenger because you're so into the story. We listened to the whole book during a road trip and it made the time fly, driving through states a little less exciting than AK. We especially enjoyed Rebekkah's viewpoints and hearing her tell her experiences. We look forward to more from this second generation of Jenkins authors. We also enjoyed the tidbits of audio clips from Peter's interviews with the various characters in the story. My wife attended high school with Boyuk Ryan and her family knows his family so it was especially like stories from home. If you've never been to AK, this is a better representation of real life in the bush than any episode of Northern Exposure ever was! A must for those that have been there, are there or dream of going. Peter - keep going, we need more!
If you have a choice between watching paint dry or listening to this book - choose the paint. The stories in this book may have been interesting at some point, but somwhere between the writing and the reading this is lost.
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