Sunday, February 7, 2016
A Woman, Her Dogs, and The Iditirod Trail
The Iditarod is nothing I would ever, ever, ever want to be a part of. I don't like the cold, or discomfort, or pain, or sleep deprivation. I don't like risks and venturing into the unknown. Which is perhaps why I love to read about people who do such amazing things.
I enjoyed reading this book about Moderow's journey from Manhattan Paralegal to twice taking on the hardest journey of 1,000 miles across Alaska, over frozen rivers and through cruel, blasting snow storms. Moderow's love for her dogs is central, even when they jeopardize her win. Each musher is described personally, central figures in the story.
The brutal conditions and privations of the trail, the vagaries of weather and canine willfulness, are described in sure, flowing prose.
Moderow attempted the Iditarod in 2003 and finished on her second try in 2005.
I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail by Debbie Clarke Moderow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication February 2, 2016