Thursday, June 10, 2021

Two New Adventure Books by Women -- The Last Layer of the Ocean and On the Run -- on BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Fridays! Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are featuring this week. Add the link to your blog or social media post in the box below. 

Thank you all for participating! It is always fun to see what everyone is reading. 


I have a Book Beginnings two-fer today. These two books are both new from OSU Press and they go together well. 

The Last Layer of the Ocean: Kayaking Through Love and Loss on Alaska's Wild Coast by Mary Emerick:
I understood the kind of people that I came from but not why I felt so different from them.
The Last Layer of the Ocean is Emerick's compelling memoir about moving to the Alaskan coast when she was 38. She took a job as a kayak ranger, traveling along the rugged Alaskan coast in a small yellow kayak. She married a man who lived on a different island and learned that marriage could be just as difficult as ocean kayaking.

cover of On the Run: Finding the Trail Home by Catherine Doucette

On the Run: Finding the Trail Home by Catherine Doucette:
I can no longer remember the first time I heard the ice booming on a frigid night.
On the Run is another book by an adventure-seeking woman. Doucette is a backcountry skier, horseback rider, and mountaineer. In this collection of essays, she looks at how her outdoor lifestyle brings excitement and joy but requires sacrifices.


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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From The Last Layer of the Ocean:
Because the Forest Service required me to carry it, I complied, although I was not sure I would be able to shoot a bear if things went wrong. Guns were so casual in town, a second thought; people carried them the way women carried purses in other states. 
I could have picked any two sentences from page 56, they were are so interesting! Emerick is talking about the very real threat of bears, stories of unfortunate people mauled by bears, but how she had a hard time with her regulation rifle because it was hard for her to shoot and too big to fit properly on her kayak. 

From On the Run:
The terrain ahead demands attention, the alpine blade dropping away thousands of feet on either side. The guided skiers are already picking their way across the ridge, one at a time, tied to the guide who shuttles them over the exposed slice of mountain. 
Doucettes adventures are the sorts I could never even imagine doing! It is interesting to read about her life because it is so completely different than mine. 


  1. These books look and sound really good. Enjoy them and have a great weekend!

  2. I enjoy reading a good memoir and looks like you've found two.

  3. Both of these sounds so fascinating! Before I moved to China I used to join my family hiking in the Alps and there is nothing as freeing as being out in nature. I hope you enjoy these and thank you for hosting :)

  4. These both sound like fun books, and they do seem to go really well together! Thanks for sharing these.

  5. One The Run sounds like a book for me! :-) Happy weekend!

  6. Oh I love the beginning to The Last Layer of the Ocean! Definitely grabbed my attention.

  7. Wouldn't that be awful, to have to shoot at a bear? Thanks for visiting.


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