The Ice Cave:
A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic
By Lucy Jane Bledsoe
For anyone who loves an adventure story you really can't go wrong picking up The Ice Cave. Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an adventurous soul with insightfully raw emotions and a sharp pen from which to convey them. The book is a collection of essays that will take you, as the title suggests, from the heat of Mojave to the chill of Antarctica.
Bledsoe brings humor and history to her pieces as well as an insatiable spirit for life. But it's not all sugary-gooey, up, up and away happiness. Bledsoe does a great job of tackling the meaning and often meaninglessness of life and is painfully honest in recounting her internal and well as external adventures.
It is refreshing to read adventure stories from a woman's perspective, and Bledsoe has a sensitive not saccharine style. In her first essay, The Freedom Machine, she recounts her encounter with a brave woman on a bicycle fleeing her violent husband. In admiration she writes, "But she was, in fact making the journey. She was running away. She was claiming her own path and doing it with a bicycle. I envied her for her guts."
Like her other essays, the story of the escaping cyclist is emotional, inspirational and almost unbelievable. To her credit, although the confirmed adventurer, she offers the pivotal position of heroine to the other characters in her stories, and effectively makes people, even more than place, the focal point of her outlandish, yet true, tales.
The book is fun, sobering, entertaining, inspiring and well worth the money to read it. Get it.