Forty seasons in the arctic national wildlife refuge

The purpose of this web site is twofold. One is to convince people that they should buy my book Sunlight North: Forty Seasons in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The second purpose is to post works in progress, particularly essays, that may be of interest.

The book is a summary of one of the few things that are most important to me in my life (I am on the far side of age seventy.) My wilderness excursions have had a fundamental impact on my emotional and intellectual life that may be of interest to like-minded people. However, when I pieced the book out during the past twenty-five years, I was determined not to write a narrow narrative: first I did this, then I did that, then I did something else. Instead I wrote about episodes that represent the type, or episodes that attempt to capture some aspect of the wilderness experience. I also devote a substantial portion of the book to examining the underpinnings of why people love wilderness, why they quest, what is the fundamental motivation behind it all. The summer and fall of 2017 constitute the 44th year of my excursions North, and if I were to attempt to write about all of them I would have generated thousands of pages of uninteresting material.

I have a particular love of the personal essay. Publishers tell me that personal essays do not sell – which is why I have self-published – yet I nevertheless think that there is a readership for this more personal form. After all, some of our best thinkers have used this form. Emerson and Thoreau in an earlier era, Leopold and Dillard in more recent times, have written memorably in this form.


Sunlight North

On a practical note: this publishing venture is a modest operation consisting of a pile of books in my study. You can buy books directly from the author by clicking Contact. This is our preferred method. However, you can also order books at the following web sites, all of whom are offering Sunlight North.

The book is a well-bound hardback with 325 pages of text and photos. The photos are full color and evocative of the North in its various phases. The cover is handsome. The cover price is $35. Amazon also offers a softback version which is formatted identically, but with greyscale photos. The cover price is $15.