the fine madness of running the Iditarod

256 pages

English language

Published April 26, 1994 by Harcourt Brace.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod, the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome, in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty.

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4 stars

Loved it. Just like I love any book about ungodly freezing polar regions or ungodly preposterous pursuits like mountain climbing or having dogs pull you on a sled through the most desolate uninhabited regions of the world. A book written just for me.


  • Mushers
  • Iditarod (Race)
  • Biography


  • Alaska