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The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska [Paperback]

By Kim Heacox, Jaap Verheul (Editor), Anthony Quintessenza (Illustrator), Caroline Dookie (Editor), Steve Uy (Illustrator), David Bromwich (Editor) & David Mungello
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Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 8.8"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1592288944  
EAN  9781592288946  

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In this coming-of-middle-age memoir, Kim Heacox, writing in the tradition of Abbey, McPhee, and Thoreau, discovers an Alaska reborn from beneath a massive glacier, where flowers emerge from boulders, moose swim fjords, and bears cross crevasses with Homeric resolve. In such a place Heacox finds that people are reborn too, and their lives begin anew with incredible journeys, epiphanies, and successes. All in an America free of crass commercialism and overdevelopment.

Braided through the larger story are tales of gold prospectors and the cabin they built sixty years ago; John Muir and his intrepid terrier, Stickeen; and a dynamic geology professor who teaches earth science "as if every day were a geological epoch."

Nearly two million people come to Alaska every summer, some on large cruise ships, some in single kayaks--all in search of the last great wilderness, the Africa of America. It is exactly the America Heacox finds in this story of paradox, love, and loss.

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More About Kim Heacox, Jaap Verheul, Anthony Quintessenza, Caroline Dookie, Steve Uy, David Bromwich & David Mungello

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kim Heacox is the author of several books on biography, history, and conservation, plus a novel, Caribou Crossing, about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His Alaska memoir, The Only Kayak (Lyons Press), a PEN USA Literary Award finalist in creative nonfiction, is now in its seventh printing. Kim was a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute in 1998, and in Denali National Park in 2012. He has written feature articles for many national magazines and opinion-editorials for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Anchorage Daily News. He lives with his wife, Melanie, in the little town of Gustavus, near Glacier Bay in Alaska. Visit him at Visit him at

Kim Heacox currently resides in Gustavus, in the state of Alaska.

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the only kayak  Aug 5, 2008
this book is interesting and informative. I have been to Glacier Bay National park where this man loves so much and I also like it very much and find it fascinating. All of Alaska is fascinating, beautiful and one of the two most beautiful of all 50 of the states though others may disagree. The other state is Hawaii. I enjoy travel books and like reading about how people tell the stories of their trips. I also enjoy seeing photos of different places of the world.
Gifted Writer Shares His Glacier Bay  Jul 1, 2008
Kim Heacox freely gives readers what he knows of and loves about Glacier Bay, one of the most magical places on Earth, and here too is what Heacox knows of and loves about life as well. Whether you already have your own romance with the place, or just a romance with the idea of it, in this book Heacox clarifies the roots of that romance, celebrates his own -- and on every page, he honors the integrity of the wild.
Enjoyable. Well written. Honest. Auto-biographical, but flows like a novel. I connected with the people, and the land, and the sentiment of the author.
Enjoyable, thought-provoking read  Feb 20, 2008
While I wasn't as blown away by the book as some of the previous reviews, I have to admit that I enjoyed it very much. It provoked a lot of thoughts in me about nature, conservation, industrialism, etc. I may have started the book looking for a lot of "action", and you will be disappointed if that is your goal. But after settling into it, I found myself relating very much to what Kim was saying.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the true Alaska.
One of the best books I've read  Nov 10, 2007
Outstanding book. Great combination of story telling, adventure and ecological education. A very meaningful theme of wilderness appreciation runs through the book. I highly recommend it.

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