Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream

Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream

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The chronicle of a family’s first year alone in Alaskan wilderness, Arctic Son is a poetic journey of discovery into what we value in life. In 1992 Jean Aspen and her husband, Tom, left Arizona and took their young son to live in Alaska's interior wilderness, building a cabin out of logs, hunting for food, and letting the vast, harsh beauty of the Arctic close in around them. While Jean had faced Alaska's wilderness before in a life-altering experience she described in Arctic Daughter, this journey would be different. Dogged by sickness and hardships, cut off from the rest of the world, her family faced not only a test of endurance, but of its own well-being and survival.

From a daily struggle against the elements to an encounter with a grizzly bear at arm's length, from moments of breathtaking beauty and self-realization to a harrowing, six-hundred-mile river passage back to civilization, Arctic Son chronicles fourteen remarkable months in the Alaskan wilderness. At once a portrait of courage and a heart-pounding adventure story, Arctic Son portrays a family's extraordinary journey into America's last frontier.

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ISBN-13: 9781941821244
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Product dimensions: 7.19(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jean Aspen is the oldest daughter of Connie and Bud Helmericks. Her father was legendary as the first arctic bush pilot, big-game guide, and oil company consultant. Connie wrote eight books, including Flight of the Arctic Tern, which is about their Cessna 140 bush plane, and Down the Wild River North, about a canoe journey she took with Jean and her sister in the Canadian arctic in the 1960s.

Jean is the author of Arctic Daughter and Arctic Son. She lives in Homer, Alaska, with her husband, Tom Irons, but they spend three months of every year in the Alaskan wilderness.

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