Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore

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In Fishcamp, Nancy Lord shares with us the natural and cultural history of the place near Cook Inlet, Alaska, where she and her partner have made a living, and a life, salmon fishing for the past eighteen years. With poetic cadence and magical tone, Lord writes of her life from June to August, days filled with the mending of nets, the muscle-wrenching labor of the catch, the exquisite pleasure of an improvised hot-tub, and the often subtle beauty of the inlet's flora and fauna. Woven throughout Lord's adventures is the deeper history of the region - stories and legends of the native Dena'ina people; anecdotes about past and current residents; descriptions of their neighbors, both human and animal, who, like Lord and her partner, live with fish.

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Nancy Lord writes like an angel about the hard, often lonely, and always rewarding work of fishing along an agate-strewn Alaskan inlet, where she and her partner do what she calls the "sustaining work" of landing evasive salmon far less efficiently than do the neighborhood grizzly bears. That sustaining work grows ever more difficult, she writes, as it becomes more unusual for individual fishers to market their goods in the Lower 48, the province of large-scale food distributors and of the "pale imitation that packages well." Reading this lovely book may well make you hungry--and not a little envious of Lord, who seems to have found a little corner of paradise in the backwoods of the far north.

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Nancy Lord's previous books include Survival, a short-story collection. She lives in Homer, Alaska, where she writes, fishes commercially, and promotes marine conservation.

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