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Recommendations: Alaska, British Columbia

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Post by Margaret » Thu April 14th, 2011, 7:26 pm

For British Columbia, there is Susan Vreeland's novel The Forest Lover, about artist Emily Carr and her project to paint pictures of the totem poles of British Columbia. I haven't read it, but I liked Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue very much.
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Post by SarahWoodbury » Fri April 15th, 2011, 2:32 pm

And on a totally different note, not HF at all, but . . . Dick Francis' 'The Edge'. About a train ride/mystery across Canada.

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Post by Telynor » Sun April 17th, 2011, 8:48 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]For British Columbia, there is Susan Vreeland's novel The Forest Lover, about artist Emily Carr and her project to paint pictures of the totem poles of British Columbia. I haven't read it, but I liked Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue very much.[/quote]

I've read The Forest Lover, and enjoyed it very much. Jack London, of course, I read way long ago.

Wow. You guys are all fantastic to be helping me out this way.

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Post by TeralynPilgrim » Wed June 22nd, 2011, 8:25 pm

I just finished Forest Lover, and it was fantastic. You'll know exactly what the Northwest is like before you go if you read this book.

Of course, you're probably back from your trip, but you should read it anyway.

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Post by Telynor » Thu June 23rd, 2011, 7:32 pm

[quote=""rosepetal720""]I just finished Forest Lover, and it was fantastic. You'll know exactly what the Northwest is like before you go if you read this book.

Of course, you're probably back from your trip, but you should read it anyway.[/quote]

Nope, I'll be leaving a week from today.

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Post by TeralynPilgrim » Thu June 23rd, 2011, 8:54 pm

Oh, well, in that case, have a great time! I wish I was going with you.
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Post by Misfit » Sat April 21st, 2012, 7:57 pm

Here's a new one. Well not so new, a friend just snapped it up at a book sale.

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It is turn-of-the-century Alaska. The gold seekers come in hordes to Fairbanks, seduced by a dream that would make them all rich.

Among them is Flame Ryan, a beautiful young Seattle woman bought and sold by those who knew how to play the game and win. And Nuka, a homeless Eskimo boy whose search for a family forces him into the white man's world.

A stunning portrayal of the collision of two cultures, The Frozen Lady is a dramatic evocation of Alaska before and since statehood, its two opposing worlds, the tempestuous, pioneering men and women who people them and the events that are now uniquely a part of the American experience.
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Post by Ash » Sun April 22nd, 2012, 2:47 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]For British Columbia, there is Susan Vreeland's novel The Forest Lover, about artist Emily Carr and her project to paint pictures of the totem poles of British Columbia. I haven't read it, but I liked Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue very much.[/quote]

Very good book, tho needed a better editor.

If you are going to Seattle, read one of my favorite books based there - The Wizard of the Pigeons. It starts out as a fantasy (which the author is best known for) but it turns into something much more. The book is hard to find, but an easy read and well worth searching for.

I remember hearing about I Heard the Owl Call My Name, but never read it, but its based in BC.

The Gum Theif is a fun novel based in Vancouver, but its not for everyone.

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Post by annis » Sun April 22nd, 2012, 5:15 pm

Posted by Ash
read one of my favorite books based there - The Wizard of the Pigeons.
Robin Hobb! Love her books - in fact I'm just reading the Rain Wild trilogy at the moment. I enjoyed the novels she wrote in her Megan Lindholm incarnation.

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Post by Ludmilla » Mon April 23rd, 2012, 7:08 pm

One I read earlier this year: Alexi Zentner's Touch which spans mid 19th C - 20th C in a timber community of British Columbia.

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