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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-311-9
Pages: 256
Publish Date: January 2009
Genre: Nonfiction

Shopping for Porcupine

A Life in Arctic Alaska


BY Seth Kantner

Beginning with his parents’ migration to the wilderness of Arctic Alaska and extending to contemporary struggles between subsistence living and sport hunting, Shopping for Porcupine provides an illuminating, unforgettable account of life in the far north. A grown man’s appreciation for his young daughter’s unfettered understanding of language; enlightened meditations on the permanence, severity, and grandeur of nature; and finally, elegiac warnings and stirring calls to action—taken together, these essays provide a revealing portrait of the author of the bestselling novel Ordinary Wolves, and of the land he so deeply loves.


Through it all we hear the voice of a true artist. The prose slows and rifles, then leapfrogs and pauses the passage of time, in a landscape unlike any other. Moving, alarming, and utterly beautiful, this collection will further establish Seth Kantner as one of the most original writers in America today.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Seth Kantner

Seth Kantner has fished, gardened, built igloos and taught in northern Alaska where he has lived his whole life. As a writer and photographer, his work has been featured in a variety of publications nationwide. His book Ordinary Wolves received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Fiction.

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