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4.0 out of 5 stars Life on the Edge, September 29, 2003
This review is from: Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales
I heard Jake Halpern interviewed on NPR and had to buy the book. He's fascinated with far away places, and the people who live there. He answers the question I think we've all had when traveling "who lives here, why, and what are they like?"
Halpern takes on his journey from one edge of America to the other visiting small communities at the edge of civilization. We get to know the people who live in relative danger and seclusion.
What I found interesting was that many of the folks he brings us along to meet are more afraid of living in cities than staying in the extreme locations where they've been for years. Their feeling of stability living in an outwardly unstable environment tells us something about the power of home, the power of place in our lives.
Halpern has an easy, flowing writing style that doesn't get in the way of the story and is very readable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it quickly. It's been a couple of months now since I finished, and I've found myself thinking back often to the people I met through Halpern, unique people living in unique locations.
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