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My Heart on the Yukon River: Portraits from Alaska and the Yukon

In a canoe called "My Heart," photographer Monique Dykstra canoed down the Yukon River, traveling over 3,000 kilometers across Canada’s Yukon Territory and the state of Alaska. Paddling 50-60 kilometers a day, Dykstra photographed the unique individuals she met in the sparsely settled wilderness.

My Heart on the Yukon River includes 45 dramatic black and white portraits and insightful interviews of women, men and children. Many of them are native born, but a surprising number are originally from elsewhere: the lover “48 states, the Canadian provinces and Europe. Their reasons for being here are as varied as the vast landscape they occupy. Some are “scarred by something” and running from their past, while others “simply fell in love with the north.”

Their tales of economic survival, social change, alcoholism and attachment to the land, river and animals reveal the unique social fabric of this northern land, where ancient and modern lifeways strangely intermingle.

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Alone in the Appalachians: A City Girl's Trek from Maine to the Gaspésie

The legendary Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, attracts millions of hikers every year. The International AT, opened in 2000, has added 1,073 km from Maine to Quebec.

This addition to Raincoast Books popular Journeys series is the tale of writer and photographer Monique Dykstra's adventures while hiking the brand new International Appalachian Trail. She's a city girl who thought hiking was "simply a matter of throwing some clothes and a few granola bars into a pack and heading for the hills."

Two months, 1,073 km, and countless blisters later, she wasn't so sure.

This extremely funny narrative includes Dykstra's descriptions of the characters she meets along the trail as well as 50 of her fascinating photographs.

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