The Anchorage Press features a great review of my latest book, Alaskan Roadhouses, in the January 14 issue. I love what David Fox wrote about my book: “In Alaskan Roadhouses, Helen Hegener reconstructs the scant history of these establishments and the people and dogs who made their existence possible.
“She tells us as much about the travelers who foraged from one roadhouse to the next as the roadhouses themselves. These pioneers were beyond hearty. Braving sub-arctic temps and trails that defied logic, they walked along with, or ahead of their dog teams, 20 to 30 miles per day, without surcease. They pushed past blistered feet (treated with coal oil) twisted ankles and fingers and toes frosted just this side of hypothermia. What shines through—one indelible portrait after another—is their sheer exuberance for life. Their words leap from the page, so vibrant their zeal for life you can hear them as you read their words.”
David Fox then includes one of my favorite quotes from the Reverend Samuel Hall Young, who was known all across Alaska as the “Mushing Parson.” You can click on the link above to access the entire review and read that wonderful quote.