The book’s twenty-three essays and ninety-nine color photographs—collected here for the first time—show a passion for journeys in the North. As a companion volume to his In the Shadow of Denali, the 239-page, 8x10 Northern Exposures includes extended narrative and generous full-color imagery, elucidating Waterman’s journalist career, from ducking avalanches near the Gulf of Alaska to following an aerial wolf poacher around the Interior or kayaking across the Arctic.
Waterman’s life’s work has an eloquence that opens our hearts and minds to why northern latitudes matter to all of us.James Balog, Chasing Ice filmmaker and photographer
Starred Book Review Publisher's Weekly, 8/12/2013: In an explorer's career retrospective, readers will meet rogue bears, whales, ice fields, never climbed mountains and mosquitoes in fearsome density in a wilderness so pristine and untrammeled its almost unbelievable. The book is comprised of twenty-three stories taken from previously published works by Waterman who has been documenting his explorations for 30 years. The expeditions are brought to life with powerful prose and the author's gift for description, accompanied by loads of photographs that document not only the breathtaking scenery but the excitement of Waterman's particular travels. He evokes the solitude north of the 60th parallel: "I haven't spoken aloud in days. I wonder whether I will lose the ability to talk." He recalls dangerous mountain rescues in helicopters and the many cries for help that were unnecessary: "We…were forced to climb up to 18,000 feet above the incoming storm." There's an avalanche worth of drama—literally: "We began running just as the roaring noise reached us…‘We're going to be okay,' I lied." The environmental exposes, such as the proliferation of multi-story cruise ships in Glacier Bay, add yet another layer of meaning to this gorgeous and environmentally astute book.
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