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90 Below: Or, What Bush Alaska Taught Me About Drink, Destruction & Survival [Kindle Edition]

Eric Mack
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a vast wilderness, there is one town... with only one bar... and just two hours of sunlight. Journalist and NPR contributor Eric Mack moved to Bush Alaska to start a career in radio, but instead found himself searching for life lessons among the heart-breaking stories of death, destruction and survival dispensed at the only bar around for hundreds of miles.

With characteristic humor and poignant sincerity, he shares the stories of the regulars at Archie's Yukon Inn and searches for the sources of suffering in the history of the region and the memories of local elders. But in the end, he finds himself no longer the outside observer and is forced to figure out how lessons learned in the Bush will direct the next chapter of his own life.


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  • File Size: 32 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054YFLJW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Read June 25, 2011
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Gorgeous writing! A thought-provoking and compelling look at the issues of alcoholism, substance abuse and survival in the Alaskan Bush.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True, but... November 23, 2012
By Goddess
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I kind of hated the author. First because he was so judgmental and making fun of the people and culture I came from, and then because he actually really understood and portrayed that culture. Who does he think he is, anyways? Plus, the book is way too short. Everyone knows when you write about a problem or something tragic you're supposed to go on to resolve it, not just stop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good start. April 7, 2012
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As a resident of the interior, I had high hopes for this book. I've never been to the places he describes other than a few trips up to the Yukon river. However, I was a limo driver in and around Fairbanks for a few years, and he captures the bar mood perfectly. Often times a group would come in from a village and rent the limo for an all night, rolling, alcohol fueled, ritual of self-destruction, catharsis and desperation. Some of the scenes in this book took me back to those nights where I'd be outside the limo at negative 40, breaking up a fight between best friends covered in vomit, blood and tears. This far north and in the conditions described in the book there isn't really a way to blow off steam safely. As the author points out, it's all too easy to go 0 to negative 90, emotionally and physically.

My only complaint is that this book is way too short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 5, 2012
By RNB-89
I've been to Alaska -- but never to *this* Alaska. In 90 Below, Eric Mack shines a spotlight on Galena, a tiny, insular town struggling to cope with life in the Alaskan Bush. It's a chilling depiction of an existence filled alcohol, tragedy and the occasional spark of joy -- which typically withers in the freezing cold. 90 Below is a must-read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Honest, Compelling August 7, 2011
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Mack takes the readers where most of us have never been. To a small, isolated village in Alaska, inside a bar which reveals the lives of the locals. Mack also takes us inside himself, examining the impact of where he is and what he sees. This is a very personal story, as much telling about himself as about his adventure. It is a gritty real life story, compelling, and worthy of the pages of the New Yorker. We should look for more from this outstanding writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. April 8, 2014
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Very well written. I just wish there was more. This story went entirely too fast. The characters we r e very well developed for such a short space.
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