Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska
Beginning with his parents' migration to the Alaskan wilderness and extending to his own attempts to balance hunting with writing, Shopping for Porcupine . . . [is] a fascinating account of life on North America's last frontier. "My memory begins under snow," [Kantner] writes, recalling his early and longstanding respect for the old Inupiaq ways, cold nights on caribou hides, swimming in the ice floes for wounded waterfowl, home-schooling, and fur-clad travelers stopping with their dog teams for visits. Captured in breathtaking photographs and essays, these details combine to reveal a landscape like no other, and to crystallize the turning point in a life when the "wonder about the hunger of those people of the past" is at odds with a foreboding sense of becoming "some strange yuppie who likes muktuk and frostbite." Bracing and humorous, perceptive and profoundly illuminating, Shopping for Porcupine offers an ode to respect--that oft-forsaken, unromantic quality--for the land, for animals, and for "something as virtuous as gathering food."
(excerpted from book jacket)