"A thorough and thoroughly enjoyable romp through Alaska ... exhaustive and wildly entertaining. ... The book yields a fascinating crop of adventures and characters. ... He discusses with uncommon intelligence the nature of hunting as a means of subsistence. ... The stories are gripping in the way the best adventure writing is, with enough danger and discovery to keep the reader turning pages way past bedtime. There are polar bears and seasons of privation, plenty of political intrigue and tensions between rival explorers. C. B. Bernard does a fantastic job of collapsing the years between his own experience in Alaska and Joes to show how the fierce and wild nature of the people who live in Alaska has persisted over the years. ... Indeed, the real protagonist is Alaska itself, which 'makes everything ordinary impossible to bear.' Thanks to C. B. Bernards assured storytelling and vibrant prose style, we understand that sentiment very well. Jack London would approve."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Bernard's lyrical descriptions of his journey through the wildly varied landscapes of Alaska and his encounters with its colorful inhabitants make readers feel like they are traveling alongside him every step of the way."
"Bernard is an excellent writer. ... His sense of humor and clever words keep us fascinated, not to mention laughing. ... The purchase of two copies is recommended. You will likely wear out the first one from re-reading."
"At its heart, Chasing Alaska becomes a story not only of Alaska's land, history, and wildlife. It becomes a story about its people. ... Poignant."
"Elegant snapshots of contemporary life in Alaska."
"Bernard writes movingly of the northern climate and landscape, of solitude and distance, of feeling utterly transformed. ... An illuminating quest to understand his fascinating ancestor and himself."
"The story of Joe Bernardand his descendants' attempts to understand him and each othermakes this worth a read."
"This lyrical book, with its abundant wisdom, humility, and grace, made me see Alaska anew and with deeper regard. Bravo, C. B."
Kim Heacox, author of The Only Kayak
and Visions of a Wild America
"C. B. Bernard deftly takes us along on the pivotal journey of following his lodestar. His life and his words flourish for this continental migration, and his journey is like an extended vision quest. Through his eye we gather the extreme diversity of the land and the colorful people who inhabit it, past and present. By strapping us in for the ride, Bernard reminds us that we too might discover the breadths of our own waiting potentials."
Mark Warren, author of Two Winters in a Tipi