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Publication Date: 2013
After author Shannon Huffman Polsons parents are killed by a wild grizzly bear in Alaskas Arctic, her quest for healing is recounted with heartbreaking candor in North of Hope.
Undergirded by her faith, Polsons expedition takes her through her through the wilds of her own grief as well as Gods beautiful, yet wild and untamed creationultimately arriving at a place of unshaken hope. She travels from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall, performing Mozarts Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, to the wilderness of Alaskawhere she retraces their final days along an Arctic river.
This beautifully written book is for anyone who has experienced grief and is looking for new ways to understand overwhelming loss. Readers will find empathy and understanding through Polsons journey. North of Hope is also for those who love the outdoors and find solace and healing in nature, as they experience Alaskas wild Arctic through the authors travels.
Shannon Polson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. She was a contributing writer to More Than 85Broads, and her work has appeared in Seattle and Alaska Magazines, Cirque Journal, Adventure Magazine, and Trachodon, among others.
Polson graduated with a B.A. from Duke University in English Literature, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and an M.F.A. from Seattle Pacific University. She served eight years as an attack helicopter pilot in the Army and worked five years in corporate marketing and management roles before turning to writing full time.
Polson serves on the board of the Alaska Wilderness League and sings with the critically acclaimed Seattle Pro Musica. She has looked for adventure and challenge anywhere she can find it, scuba diving, sky diving and climbing around the world, including ascents of Denali and Kilimanjaro, and completing two Ironman triathlons. She and her family enjoy backpacking, any kind of skiing, paddling, and spending as much time outdoors as they can in the Western states and Alaska. In September 2009, Polson was awarded the Trailblazer Woman of Valor award from Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell.
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