Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Beginning: Learning to Like Muktuk by Penelope S. Easton


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Learning to Like Muktuk tells of my journey as a dietary consultant in the Territory of Alaska in the forgotten period between World War II and statehood in 1959.

-- From the author’s Preface to Learning to Like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska by Penelope S. Easton

Trains and mail deliveries punctuate life in some places, but in Juneau, it was ships.

-- From Chapter 1, “Juneau, Home Base”

I love these kind of "random memoirs" about ordinary people who did really interesting things in their lives -- things I never think about people doing, in places I never think about.  Learning to Like Muktuk is particularly good because it is written in a very no-nonsense tone that packs in a lot of detail.

GIFT GUIDE: I'd recommend Learning to Like Muktuk for curious middle school or high school girls who want to travel and work with international charities or NGOs.

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