To celebrate turning 50, Howard Frank Mosher took a trip through the North Country, the long northern border betwixt Canada and the United States. Old Elisha in Lubec, Maine, says "Us are the stubbornest people on the face of the earth, which we've had to be to survive at all." Journeying west through Michigan's Upper Peninsula, along the Manitoba and Saskatchewan borders and Montana's Breaks to Washington's Cascades, Mosher visited the self-sufficient bush pilots, game wardens, miners, and obstinate farmers who live off the harshly beautiful land. Mosher appreciates the rugged country, but he revels in the people.
From Library Journal
Satisfying a personal urge to explore the northernmost areas of the United States, novelist Mosher set out on a six-week adventure that took him from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. In this work, Mosher shares his discoveries on this fascinating journey in a short story-type narrative of 50 lively chapters. Through Mosher's chronicles, one learns a great deal about the history and people from the border areas, in both Canada and the United States, enabling readers to discover such places as Alberta's Cypress Hills and Maine's Madawaska Republic; we meet a variety of interesting personalities such as animal carver Jimmy Black Elk. Similar in motivation to David Lamb's Over the Hills (Random, 1996), Mosher's work is a celebration of America. The vivid descriptions, strong research, and entertaining anecdotes earn it a place in public libraries.?Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario
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