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Jill Homer was just another naive young woman who followed a man to the Last Frontier — but it was Alaska that won her heart. This memoir is a love story about the wonderful, humorous, and sometimes harrowing experiences that await when a woman throws her heart to the wind just to see where it lands. After taking a job at a weekly newspaper in Homer, Alaska, Jill and her pJill Homer was just another naive young woman who followed a man to the Last Frontier — but it was Alaska that won her heart. This memoir is a love story about the wonderful, humorous, and sometimes harrowing experiences that await when a woman throws her heart to the wind just to see where it lands. After taking a job at a weekly newspaper in Homer, Alaska, Jill and her partner forge a new life in a town where artists and sport fishermen drive the local economy, grizzly bears roam through back yards, social outings feature death-defying ski trips or kayaking rough seas in freezing rain, and business attire means wearing three sweaters to an unheated office. As Jill adapts to Homer's idiosyncrasies, she finds her own quirky hobby — riding a bike on snow. Despite having little in the way of an athletic background or talent, Jill signs up for a hundred-mile race across frozen wilderness. As the harsh Alaskan winter sets in, she launches a tenacious training routine that takes her far out of her comfort zone. Here, under the Northern Lights, battling exhaustion and extreme cold, Jill discovers the heart of Alaska. And there's no going back....

Title : Becoming Frozen: Memoir of a First Year in Alaska
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ISBN : 9780692496329
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 220 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Becoming Frozen: Memoir of a First Year in Alaska Reviews

  • Ramona Walker
    2018-10-17 02:17

    This held my interest though it is really about 90% about biking in Alaska during the winter. I kept on through the book because I kept hoping there was more about Alaska and something other than extreme sports, as that was not what I thought the focus was going to be. I'm sure sports enthusiasts would find this fascinating but as a non-biker/runner I kept thinking there would be more. Perhaps the preview/blurb could mention how much the sports are involved and not mislead you to thinking it was about living in Alaska or publishing a small town newspaper, both of which I'd love to have learned more.

  • Vanessa
    2018-10-14 20:17

    A fascinating read about Jill, who ups and leaves her life to follow her boyfriend to Alaska. Loved reading about her starting her adventure in endurance sports, shivered when she described the cold conditions, got annoyed at her non-committing boyfriend and I really didn't like her boss!An easy but fun read!

  • Samantha
    2018-09-26 19:05

    A perfect description of Alaska's affect on peopleJill put my feelings for Alaska in a few perfect words, not to mention described biking through the wilderness exquisitely.

  • Sharon Snider
    2018-09-27 21:28

    Refreshing to read such a well written book about Alaska.The author was able to keep me captivated with the clear and intense descriptions of the races she ran and her personal life. I'm looking forward to reading many more books from this author! I highly recommend you read this memoir.

  • lynn
    2018-10-15 22:28

    Ever been obsessed with proving yourself in something? While the title describes a narrative of a first year of living in Alaska, the story's focus is actually on Ms. Homer's turning her bicycling commute to and from work into a desire to participate and complete long distant bike races over snow and ice. Quite an amazing feat and story!

  • Ed
    2018-10-17 02:21

    Worth a read.inspiring at times Great start. strong prose. engaging chapters. Very thought provoking at times. Jill is a bit of a wanderer with energy to do...something to prove she's not just a girl following a guy who won't commit. worth the read until you get to the end which occurs suddenly, without warning and with great lackluster.

  • Johnny Edwards
    2018-09-21 21:59

    I kinda thought this book was kinda boreing. I figured there would be more excitement in this book. If you just want to hear some one talking about bicycle races and camping then this book is for you Yup was expecting some some adventure since it takes place in Alaska but the oppisit.

  • Kristina Panfilova
    2018-10-09 22:28

    Alaska and endurance trainingBe forewarned: the book quickly turns from moving to Alaska to training for racing. I am much more interested in Alaska than running or cycling, but the book is still a fun read due to the author's wonderful writing style.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-19 02:27

    Amazing and inspirational Jill you inspire me with your drive and sense of adventure. Alaska is truly a beautiful place and a complete different world than here in Utah. This was a great read in so many ways. Thanks!

  • Lindsey
    2018-09-23 21:02

    I wish I could say 3.5. Not my favorite Jill Homer text (Be Brave, Be Strong), and a little too much reflection on a failing relationship that must have been cathartic for the author. But it had great insight to her growth to an endurance bicyclist and adventurer.

  • Deborah aka Reading Mom
    2018-09-23 22:59

    I have an abiding love for Homer, AK, so I enjoyed the book. Not because I am an adventurer like Jill, but because I enjoyed reading about the many places I had been in Homer and the surrounding area. It enabled me to re-live some fond memories of the town at the end of the road.

  • Martip
    2018-09-30 23:09

    It's cool to finish the book on my kindle and see Homer has written FIVE more books of an autobiographical/adventure nature!

  • Marvel
    2018-09-27 21:04

    Interesting and entertaining. Especially for me since I've been to many of the places she's in and am familiar with them. Her passion for snow bicyling is a little beyond me but to each his own.

  • Linda Drish
    2018-10-05 19:28

    Jill Homer is my favorite author. I LOVED this book. I will write more at a later time. Highly recommend reading this.

  • Jeanne
    2018-10-12 19:19

    Insane bicycle riding through the Alaskan winter.

  • Rich Otterstrom
    2018-09-23 00:12

    Jill takes what may seem as a more mundane topic of just moving to Alaska and makes an entertaining story that makes me question my dedication to my own adventures.

  • Tina
    2018-09-29 00:59

    I liked the adventurous story of moving to Alaska and entering numerous bike races. It was fun to imagine myself doing something similar. Some profanity.

  • Myra L Rice
    2018-09-25 22:15

    Bicycling in Alaska Well written account of living in Alaska for a year in Homer. Interesting view of bicycling and running in the dead of winter.

  • Alli
    2018-10-02 20:17

    I loved this book about the author making a home for herself in Alaska

  • Sandra
    2018-10-21 02:04

    Very well written story of a girl going of age and finding what she wants in life.

  • S Herman
    2018-09-24 19:28

    I really loved the early part of the book for descriptions of the Alaskan landscapes and seasons. I only gave it three stars because it seemed to dissolve into more of an athletic biography, which I found more boring. It did give me more insight into that mindset.

  • Sabine
    2018-10-08 19:23

    An easy enough read. I just wish the title and cover text had made it clearer that this book is mostly about bicycling. I probably would not have picked it up, had I known.

  • Paul Schloesser
    2018-10-16 01:24

    Thanks for your writing. Thank you for a fine read Jill. This book brought back fond memories of Alaska. Now, I will read more of your books.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-06 19:29

    I don't think the blog posts (?) before each chapter added anything.

  • Thebestdogmom
    2018-09-28 01:21

    Another great book by Jill.