Book Review: North of Hope

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Book Description:

After her parents are killed in a rare grizzly attack, the author is forced into a wilderness of grief. Turning to loves she learned from her father, Polson explores the perilous terrain of grief through music, the natural world, and her faith. Her travels take her from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall where she sings Mozart’s Requiem, and ultimately into the wilderness of Alaska’s remote Arctic and of her heart. 

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Polson’s deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage, as much an internal journey as a literal one. Readers who appreciate music or adventure narratives and the natural world or who are looking for new ways to understand loss will find guidance, solace, and a companionable voice in this extraordinary debut.

My Review:

This was a memoir filled with a search for the meaning of death and of life.  It was well-written from the author’s heart and full of personal memories of time with her famly, especially her father and step-mother.  The chapters transitioned well from past memories to present happenings.  I am not sure that I would have chosen the book on my own based upon its name and description, however, I am glad that I had the oppotunity to read the book.  I gained a lot from the author sharing her thoughts and the experience of her father’s death.  I do recommend this book to others, especially  if you like to read memoirs or would be interested in the authors insights on family, life, and death.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Zondervan Publishers as part of the Handlebar Marketing Team.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinons in this review are my own.

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