The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska
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Sherry Simpson's first book, The Way Winter Comes, won the Chinook Literary Award. . She teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she lives
"Essay writing at its best" according to Bill Sherwonit. The more I read her work, the more convinced I become that Sherry Simpson is not only Alaska's most accomplished essayist, but that she ranks among the best in the nation. The latest proof is The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska. At one level, this collection of 10 personal essays recounts memorable trips into Alaska's wild places (most, but not all, emphasizing her own travels), written by a person who thinks hard about things, is willing to take risks, and has a wonderful talent for self-deprecating humor and sto. "A tale of explorer about someone who is not so much unlike them." according to Midwest Book Review. You could live in London all of your life, and never see Buckingham Palace. You could live in Washington D.C., and never see the White House. You could live in Alaska, and never see the beautiful wilderness that surrounds you - and that's what happened to author Sherry Simpson. "The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska" is her tale of accidentally discovering the vast natural wonder surrounding her during an epic solo hike across it all, despite not being much of a seasoned hiker. Written with humility versus the natur. Mark Pearson said It Resonates With Me. So much of what I read, to me, in many novels/books, feels contrived.Sherry Simpsons's writing, in contrast, grabs me from the beginning and I forget that I'm even reading a book. I just get sucked into whatever the circumstance is and I find it hard to put down. I love her complete honesty about her own doubts/fears - she articulates things I've felt & never figured out how (or been brave enough) to describe. I can't wait to read more of Sherry's writing.
Alaska is a place of great adventure and exploration. She writes with both humor and humility, harnessing great powers of observation of the natural world. Did that fact make her less of an Alaskan? In the series of essays that comprise The Accidental Explorer, Sherry Simpson recounts the experiences of an ordinary woman confronting the great expanses of water and untracked land in Alaska, as she makes her best efforts to map her sense of place and her sense of self in a land that seems to require exploration of its inhabitants. Can an ordinary, not especially heroic, person be an adventurer? If she sets out, in a wild place like Alaska, what will she find out there, and what will she learn about the place back home? Throughout this compelling and probing book, Sherry Simpson illuminates the act of exploration as both a feat of extraordinary effort and as an everyday experience.. On an archetypal epic solo hike, she ruminates constantly on when and whether she should abandon that folly. In a downright scary encounter with a mildly aggressive bear, Simpson shrinks from any supposed Alaskan larger-than-life persona to assume her place on the food chain: an urbanized human who is appropriately afraid of big bears. While undertaking arduous treks into the backcountry, she falls in
This is some of the finest writing to come out of Alaska."-Library Journal "Simpson is one of the best new writers working in Alaska"-Anchorage Daily News "Simpson’s work reflects the sure-footedness of a native Alaska . "Personal, provocative prose