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Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
Narrated by: Blair Braverman
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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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 19, 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 - while 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.

©2016 Blair Braverman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Ellen
  • Boone, NC, United States
  • 08-08-16

Okay Read

This memoir was good for what it was; my problem with it was that it was marketed as an adventure narrative, and it turned out to be more about coming-of-age and sexuality. I wanted more about the dogs and dogsledding and living on the ice and the people of Norway (those parts were great) and less about the men in Blair's life and their sexual tensions.

Blair Braverman read the account herself, and I do enjoy that. She is a somewhat flat reader, but still, I like the story in the writer's own voice.

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  • bookluvr
  • Cincinnati, Ohio United States
  • 07-08-18

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Compelling story, and I loved to hear it in the authors own voice. Gorgeous storytelling.

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wonderful story, and narration

Incredible story of a brave young woman, and her life in the Artic. I cannot wait to download another. I feel her love for her dogs. She writes with such honesty about her doubts, her relationships, and conviction. Thank you, Blair, for taking readers on a great adventure.

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Amazing and heart wrenching.

Beautiful, thoughtful, and caring in tone. An amazing biographical account of a young woman's journey into adulthood. Brilliant execution and heartwarming construction. A crown jewel when narrated by the author herself.

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Beautiful, Inspiring, Adventuresome

This book was absolutly wonderful in every way. From losing herself to making a home Blair Braverman's story is one for everyone. Would reccomend to anyone, especially any girl looking for inspiration or those trying to find themselves.

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Entertaining and thoughtful

Brilliantly told contrasts of ordinary and extraordinary people. I was able to see and feel the experiences through Blair's witty and thoughtful writing. She puts words to feelings that I have felt and that I have never felt or never would want to feel.

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Speechless

I don’t think any book of any kind has made me as emotional as this one. “Inspiring” comes to mind but I’m not sure it’s adequate. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for sharing.

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One of my favorite books I’ve ever read!

I HIGHLY recommend this book, especially the audio book, to anyone who loves adventure, exploring new cultures, and stories of self discovery. Blair really brings readers into the scene with intimate details, and you make an instant connection. Definitely a must read for the #UglyDogs (you know who you are).

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Beautiful harrowing inspiring

Blair’s memoir interlaces timeframes and juxtaposes her different selves in a way that feels like memory itself, how the past wells up in the present sometimes, triggered by a smell, or something seen. Her story is of becomings: Becoming a Norwegian speaker, a Northlander, an expert lover of dogs, a better lover of people and most of all a Braver Woman.

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Enjoyable, although not what I expected

I thoroughly enjoyed Blair Braverman‘s book. I am new to Alaska and obsessed with the Iditarod which is what drew me to Blair‘s book. It’s not what I expected, but I appreciate Blair’s description and acknowledgment of the constant vulnerability that women feel. I think we have all experienced it to varying degrees and have struggled to explain it. I appreciate Blair’s candid vulnerability, which in my opinion (along with all of her amazing adventures) makes her one of the toughest, most admirable, bad ass chicks out there!