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A Rich And Revelatory Memoir Of A Young Woman Reclaiming Her Courage In The Stark Landscapes Of The North By The Time Blair Braverman Was Eighteen, She Had Left Her Home In California, Moved To Arctic Norway To Learn To Drive Sled Dogs, And Found Work As A Tour Guide On A Glacier In Alaska Determined To Carve Out A Life As A Tough Girl A Young Woman Who Confronts Danger Without Apology She Slowly Developed The Strength And Resilience The Landscape Demanded Of Her By Turns Funny And Sobering, Bold And Tender, Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube Brilliantly Recounts Braverman S Adventures In Norway And Alaska Settling Into Her New Surroundings, Braverman Was Often Terrified That She Would Lose Control Of Her Dog Team And Crash Her Sled, Or Be Attacked By A Polar Bear, Or Get Lost On The Tundra Above All, She Worried That, Unlike The Other, Gutsier People Alongside Her, She Wasn T Cut Out For Life On The Frontier But No Matter How Out Of Place She Felt, One Thing Was Clear She Was Hooked On The North On The Brink Of Adulthood, Braverman Was Determined To Prove That Her Fears Did Not Define Her And So She Resolved To Embrace The Wilderness And Make It Her Own Assured, Honest, And Lyrical, Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube Paints A Powerful Portrait Of Self Reliance In The Face Of Extraordinary Circumstance Braverman Endures Physical Exhaustion, Survives Being Buried Alive In An Ice Cave, And Drives Her Dogs Through A Whiteout Blizzard To Escape Crooked Police Through It All, She Grapples With Love And Violence Navigating A Grievous Relationship With A Fellow Musher, And Adapting To The Expectations Of Her Norwegian Neighbors As She Negotiates The Complex Demands Of Being A Young Woman In A Man S LandWeaving Fast Paced Adventure Writing And Ethnographic Journalism With Elegantly Wrought Reflections On Identity, Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube Captures The Triumphs And The Perils Of Braverman S Journey To Self Discovery And Independence In A Landscape That Is As Beautiful As It Is Unforgiving


10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North

  1. says:

    I didn t read any of the reviews of this book until I finished it I loved this book and if you want one that features fewer men and their feelings, goddamn write it yourself This is Braverman s story and she told it the way she wanted to.


  2. says:

    A completely engaging memoir about Braverman s experiences finding her true north in her young life I loved how vivid the Alaskan and Norwegian settings became and I love how full of character the people she interacted with were.More than this being a finding herself through adventure memoir something so rare with a lady at the helm this is very much about being one of those women who survived to tell a story about the cruelties of misogyny This is a book that deals frankly with not only sexual assault, but also of the despicable ways that men will gaslight and mentally anguish young women Braverman wrestles with this throughout, and there s no real conclusion here Rather, it s left there, because wrestling with her own experiences is part of her growing up and a part of her historyand future There s a particularly powerful scene wherein one of the men Braverman grew to trust unabashedly makes a rape joke and she has to pause and look at the depth that misogyny is a disease Readers looking for diversity, it s absolutely worth noting that Braverman is Jewish, and while it s not a huge part of the story, it is something that comes up when she s given the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the folk school she attended Likewise, her partner is a trans man This relationship, and the way she feels with it while back in Norway, is raw and hard and also realistic and beautiful I ve read some other reviews that have said this is good for the beginning and end and that was enough But it s that murky, kinda can t pull it together middle that allows the end to be what it is Likewise, other reviews noted that so much of her coming of age is in the stories of men around her Andthat seems like a thing that s obvious because her experiences as a woman in lands where women don t tend to venture for fear of their own safety and for fear of defying social conventions are just that They re peppered by men I d hand this to a teenager who wants a real adventure story of a young woman I d hand it to those who love memoirs by women I d hand it to those looking for a feminist Jack London There s a lot here.


  3. says:

    Do you enjoy reading about one young woman s self absorbed journey towards adulthood when you would rather be reading about her time in Alaska and Norway Then this is the book for you If you re hoping for anything insightful beyond the fact that women, everywhere, are discriminated against in a myriad of ways when in a male dominated field, then skip this one.


  4. says:

    I wanted to love this book, but in the end I would have been happiest reading the first chapter and the afterword which was by far the most interesting chapter in the whole book.For a book hailed as a feminist frontier memoir there sure we re a lot of men and their experiences and feelings This book wouldn t even come close to passing the bechdal test In fact really the whole thing is about all the men in the author s life past and present and their feelings, none of which felt relevant or interesting I thought from the description this would be a book about a woman finding herself in the wilderness, and then about dog sledding dog sledding being the only reason I read the book but as much as the author talked about her love of the dogs, they and any experiences with them took a far backseat and felt disappointingly like an afterthought This book should have had a lot dogs.I did appreciate her commentary on her current boyfriends a transition was minimal and less offensive than I anticipated they would based on an article the authors wrote about their relationship that I also read.


  5. says:

    Slightly outside of my usual wheelhouse, this ARC is a memoir I met the author at the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Author Social last week, and she was awesome Also it s a great title.It s about dog sledding and growing up and, it must be said, the horrible thing that men do to girls and women But it s mostly a story about loving something, and not letting go of it, no matter what the world does around you, and I like that sort of thing in fiction, so reading about it for REAL was even better.The book comes out in July, and I really recommend it.


  6. says:

    You just have to love a book with such a cool title Here s a young Jewish girl from California who is so drawn to cold places that at 18, instead of going to college, she heads off to Northern Norway to attend dog sledding school And she loves it She loves being freezing cold and constantly in survival mode She eventually goes home and attends college in Maine but summers in Alaska where she works on a glacier giving dogsled tours to tourists Her living and working conditions are deplorable Her vivid descriptions of her skin falling off, and her use of duct tape are almost nauseating but she puts up with it all because she loves the cold and the dogs She alternates between Alaska and Norway every summer and is never so happy as when she is on the edge of survival The problem with this book is there is a drastic difference between her writing about nature and her writing about her relationships with other humans When she writes about the dogs and her surroundings her book comes to life When she writes about people there s a dullness All the characters are minimalists and their dialogue flat Her Norwegian characters seem either drunk or boorish or asleep and her American characters don t fare much better Late in the book she finds true love with Quince, whom she mentions in passing is transgender She never tells us whether she met him as a woman, nor how the change might have affected the relationship I m not saying it s any of my business but why disclose such a detail without further explanation in a book which appears to be sharing the most intimate secrets of her life


  7. says:

    I have been requesting this book from my library for over a year I think it was on one of Oprah s lists at some point and it had instant appeal the title, the dogsledding, the soul searching of a young woman, and the promise of Arctic adventures.But nope, nope, nope Not until the 25 percent mark do we meet any dogs The book goes back and forth between author Blair Braverman s past adventures in Norway and Alaska, and her current life there As often happens when there is a past and current story, one her current life pales considerably While I didn t dislike Braverman, and definitely found her tough, I didn t really like getting in her head Her focus on Far, her host father, and her other relationships with men, were distracting and kind of cast a shadow over the whole novel Strengths included any mention of the dogs, her station on the Alaskan glacier when tourists were forced to spend the night, and her early training But there wasn t nearly enough to make this worthwhile.


  8. says:

    I kept hearing about this book when it came out, and I occasionally get onto her viral twitter threads about her sled dogs and enjoy them, so when this popped up for sale on Kindle, I thought Why not I was especially intrigued when I realized that she had lived for a good chunk of time in Norway, and I was interested to read about someone doing the thing I had dreamed of doing in high school, namely going to Norway as an exchange student, and then later attending a folk school.But meh I feel like this was exploratory than explanatory Blair, through no fault of her own, seems to fall into situations with absolutely trash men Pervy exchange dad Misogynistic dog mushers Rather than planting her Feminist Flag and declaring, I am woman, hear me roar She tends to just silently put up with it And then hate herself later She fantasizes about going to back to see some of these men who have mistreated her, not to tell them they re trash or kick them in the crotch, but to see if she could stand there and take their abuse again without backing down or running away which is horrible Wrong Not healthy There s honestly very little about dog mushing, and a great deal about her sitting around with drunk assholes being propositioned I spent the first part of the book tense and upset, thinking that any second she was going to be raped Not that she put herself into bad situations or was any way at fault, but that she is coolly relating stories of the worst just ASSHOLES and how they talked to her and about her, and I thought, this is it, she is relating how she stuck it out even after some serious assault which is kinda true, but not really Her first boyfriend Yeah, that actually was rape, and I kinda got the impression that she figured that out later But then she emailed him and apologized for not being nicer I think she was trying to guilt him into admitting that he hadn t been nice to her, but instead he was like, Yep, you re a harpy And then that s it Looking up info on her now that I finished the book, I see this book called a take down of the patriarchy and that s really misleading Does she expose the patriarchy Yes A bit But she doesn t take a stand about any of it, and I get the feeling that she wrote this book as a way of proving that she wasn t crazy, that she was hoping to validate her thoughts about what happened Which I hope it did, because I really don t think there s any closure It was a very odd book, really, and I even think that the title is misleading She was told Welcome to the g d ice cube when she arrived at a dogsled camp atop a glacier, but the place where she eventually found a sort of home was in Norway, although there is about one person there who seemed to like her, and it was a weird relationship, frankly And now she lives in Wisconsin So I feel like this is still a work in progress, basically I would love to see her go back over this in a few years and maybe make some definite statements about some of these events Also, there could be a lot dog mushing.


  9. says:

    I listened to Blair s book on audio, which was such a treat given the nature of this deeply personal and self reflective story about a young woman s search for herself through pushing boundaries I actually went to high school with Blair, which made the read even interesting But I think most women would find her story really compelling, especially those who enjoy books with a streak of feminism or books about the outdoors Blair is amazingly articulate about her own traumatic experiences related to the vulnerability of being female, but at the same time her story is at its core deeply empowering And it gives a look into the landscape and people of places I may never see Alaskan glaciers and northern Norway Can t wait to see what she comes out with next


  10. says:

    This is a somewhat strange, but very well written and edited memoir of an unusual young woman with a fascination of the North The strangeness mostly comes from Blair s disassociative style, and the dry observation tone that seems to be a Scandinavian trait as the tone felt similar to the Swedish memoir The Fly Trap There is a subdued emotional intensity throughout, and frankly I teared up about half a dozen different times toward the end for various reasons As a father of daughters, some parts of it were hard to read in the beginning, but Blair revealed some truths that we fathers need to reckon with.