Two in the Far North

by Margaret E Murie

Other authorsOlaus Johan Murie (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1979

Call number

NWC 979.8 MUR



Alaska Northwest Books (1979), Edition: 2nd, 385 pages


This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy's work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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LibraryThing member alaskabookworm
An account of life in the Arctic just as modernization and technology made so dramatically changed life in Alaska. The Murie's were instrumental in the conservation movement specific to Alaska.
LibraryThing member VirginiaGill
This book made me want to visit parts of Alaska I've yet to see and I found myself inspired by Margaret's strength. The description of mosquito swarms on the Yukon River still give me nightmares. If you live elsewhere and dream of Alaska add this book to your must ead list.
LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
Murie starts her first book, Two in the Far North with a look back at her first visit to Alaska when she was nine years old in the year 1911. The writing is full of exuberance and excitement. Her enthusiasm oozes from the pages and offers a unique perspective on the birth of an Alaskan frontier town from a child's point of view. As she grows into an adult and returns from college the emphasis shifts to marriage (1924) and following her biologist husband as he does field research in the untamed parts of her beloved Alaska. On each expedition you can tell she never loses that joy from exploring everything that makes Alaska unique. (I can't even tell you how many times she uses the word 'happy' to describe everyone and everything around her.) Murie's chronicle of life in the Alaskan wilderness is honest and passionate from start to finish.… (more)




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