In the end, this is a love story for a threatened place.
From solo voyages down the Yukon River and part of the Northwest Passage, to working with humpback whales in the Southern Ocean, to chilling encounters with polar bears, Cold Latitudes is a memoir in essay form based on years of working in the Alaska Arctic and Antarctica. The author was privileged to see firsthand worlds that few will ever know, while participating in cutting-edge research at high latitudes.
It is her friendships with local people, and with scientific researchers, that form the core of her experiences. Through these people, she learns humility and a sense of wonder at the natural world. Throughout, she examines human relationships with wilderness and our growing effects on a fragile planet.
Rough Crossing: An Alaskan Fisherwoman's Memoir
The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea (The Alaska Literary Series)
Praise for The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea
— Nancy Lord, former Alaska writer laureate and author of Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and The Man Who Swam with Beavers
― Foreword Reviews
― Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
― Alaska Dispatch
Praise for Rough Crossing
“Rough Crossing: An Alaskan Fisherwoman’s Memoir is worth the price of admission for its stellar prose alone. With lean, forward-moving sentences and a keen eye for essential detail, Rosemary McGuire captures the Alaskan seascape and the nearly unrelenting toil of fishing its dangerous waters so fully that I felt as immersed in the experience as if I were reading Hemingway. But the protagonist here is a young woman, who does not yet know that ‘running away to sea is always about what you run from, a life that seems to have lost its color,’ and it is this running that pulls this already compelling story into the deeper waters of the universal. This is a superb memoir.”
–Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog