On the Ice

On the Ice

An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the author's trip to McMurdo Station in Antartica, where she discovers how a community can allow a life to reset.

Perseus Publishing
Travelogue, cultural meditation, and love story, On the Ice casts a panoramic view on one of the oddest communities in one of the most extreme places on earth. Sent to Antarctica as an observer by the National Science Foundation, Gretchen Legler arrives at McMurdo Station in midwinter, a time of -70 degree temperatures and months of near-total darkness. A lesbian struggling with a tumultuous past, she hopes to escape her own demons and present an intimate view of a place few will ever visit. What she discovers is a community of people stripped of any excess by the necessities of existence in a harsh land, where revered scientists are referred to as ?beakers”; where cherished belongings are left without regret in a communal lost-and-found; and where women are rare but lesbians in high proportion. Forced to confront her own fears, Legler experiences firsthand how landscape and community allow a life to reset.

& Taylor

The author of All the Powerful Invisible Things offers this travelogue set mainly in Antarctica, where she learns to overcome her fears and live among a community of tough, enduring people. Original.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781571312822
Branch Call Number: 919.8904 LEGLE
Characteristics: viii, 195 pages : map ; 22 cm
Notes: "The world as home"--P. [200]


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