Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North

paperback, 288 pages

Published March 21, 2017 by Ecco.

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5 stars (3 reviews)

"A revelatory memoir of the author's efforts to develop the strength and resilience to survive in the demanding landscapes of Norway and Alaska describes her physically exhausting survival endeavors on a ruthless arctic tundra marked by violent natural and human threats."--NoveList.

Braverman recounts her efforts to develop the strength and resilience to survive in the demanding landscapes of Norway and Alaska. She left California to move to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Developing strength and resilience that the landscape demanded of her, Braverman describes her physically exhausting survival endeavors on a ruthless arctic tundra marked by violent natural and human threats.

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Review of 'Welcome to the goddamn ice cube' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

This one was on my reading list for a while, and I’m so glad I finally read it. Braverman is a wonderful storyteller, writing of her time in Norway at a folk school, mushing dogs for tourists on a glacier in Alaska, and coming back to Norway to live and work for a time. Much of the book revolves around a need to prove herself—against the wilderness, against the men she encounters, and against the fear holding her back. It’s not terribly fast-paced, but it is certainly thought-provoking.

Review of 'Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow, what an entertaining read! Blair has an unusual attraction for the north, esp. for a girl living in California. She had lived for a couple of years in Norway and couldn't shake the attraction, so she applied for a year at a "folk school" back in Norway and learned how to dog sled!



The book follows her adventures afterwards in Alaska and then back in Norway. It's all a fascinating story. She accurately and honestly portrays her insecurities and doubts. Which makes it all the more amazing is that she doesn't think she is very courageous, although what else could you call it to leave high school for a year learning how to drive a team of dogs in Norway!



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