Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman, 274 pages
Though she grew up in California, Blair Braverman had an innate desire for colder climates, specifically the Arctic. In Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, Braverman recounts her experiences as an exchange student to Lillehammer, Norway; her education in sled-dog care and mushing at a folk school in the far north of Norway; her summers working at a dog-sledding tourist trap on a glacier in Alaska; and finally, her extended visits to a small town in northern Norway, where she creates a home away from home among the shepherds, fishermen, and shop owners. The book is, in turn, funny, unsettling, peaceful, and fiery, and at each turn shows how deeply the Arctic Circle is rooted in Braverman's soul. It's a wonderful book, and well worth reading.