Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska
A young upstate New York woman begins an adventure of a life-time as she moves away from her safe and conventional path. She is unable to resist the excitement and challenge of a chance to become a geological explorer in Alaska, where she maps remote wilderness areas and journeys to the depths of her own heart. A memoir that is full of rich and eccentric characters with human failings. This landscape reveals the courage and sacrifice of the author’s “family” of visionary explorers who mapped the wild state. Surviving dangers most people will never face, the author persists in the face of hardships and loss.
"Highly recommended!"--Portland Book Review
"If you're an armchair traveler, you'll appreciate the author's vivid portrayal of the rugged wilderness of Alaska. There's great humor and love, gritty defeats and painful tragedies, all wrapped up in this engaging coming-of-age story."
--San Francisco Book Review
"Given her motto, “If at first you don’t succeed, try something that’s harder,” it is not surprising that Albanese’s journey from a farm in upstate New York to a new life in Alaska—spurred by a gut feeling and news of a teacher shortage there—was filled with great successes, disappointing failures, and heartrending losses. Spiked with wry humor, Albanese’s candid narrative is most effective when she pivots between accounts of surmounting handicaps (e.g., unfamiliarity with the extreme climate; being a woman in a male-dominated field) to horrifying tales of colleagues disappearing in the wilds, being mauled by bears, and falling off mountains. She ends on a bittersweet note, reflecting on her reasons for leaving Alaska, a place that once held seemingly endless opportunities for her."
--Publishers Weekly 02/27/12
"An easy and enjoyable read, Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon will appeal to readers of adventure stories and memoir. It will also be appreciated by those looking for strong female characters."
"This is the real deal, folks. Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon: Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska ... captures a time when there was a special feeling you could find only in Alaska: one of hope and innocence and the sky's the limit."--New York Journal of Books
"Mary Albanese delivers a tale that is alternatively spellbinding and terrifying, heart-wrenching and inspiring, but above all, an extraordinary story exceptionally well told."--New Book Journal
“What makes this memoir
fascinating is that it is an
coming-of-age story of
a kind seldom written
--—from the Foreword, by Lael Morgan
"Riveting...highly recommended" -- Midwest Book Review
"Stunning, beautiful, funny, sad -- a memoir that will have you taking the chance to find your niche in the world!"
--Amy Lignor, GoodReads
“An engaging memoir of an adventurous
life in Alaska—tough, humorous, and inspiring.”
--—Meg Gardiner, author of The Nightmare Thief
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Albanese is an author, artist, and scriptwriter. She currently resides in England. More information: www.maryalbanese.com