Press Kit

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reviews Tide, Feather, Snow September 13, 2009.

Indie Next List Notable for May

“In this exceptional book, Weiss, who grew up in the Baltimore suburbs and moved to
Homer, AK, with her boyfriend, gives us an intimate look into the lives of Alaskans living
in small coastal communities. Unlike most “life in…” memoirs, which leave the reader
viewing from the outside, Weiss takes us there with her delightful prose style, giving us
the feel of the people, the place, and the kind of life that draws nourishment from the
land and sea. We can see the textures of the ocean, smell and taste the salt air, and feel
the cold crisp snow. We are there as Weiss, the suburban newbie, struggles to fit into
the community and make the hardy lifestyle her own. Alaska is a captivating land, and
this book does justice to it. Highly recommended for school, public, and university
—Starred Review, Library Journal

“TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW is about the resplendence and subtleties of coastal Alaska, and about one woman’s attempt to be fully present in them. Weiss serves as a skilled and poetic witness to a place undergoing incessant change.”
—Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector

“TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW is a lovely, feathery book indeed—a labor of love and a pleasure to read.”
—Edward Hoagland, author of Notes from the Century Before

“Miranda Weiss’s TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW is beautifully poetic, her observations
are expansive, and the pace and rhythm in which she writes are perfect. Miranda is reflective about the life she makes in Homer, Alaska, and her connection to the people and environment. The story is beautiful— like slow cooking—the fullness of flavor comes out in slow simmering. For anyone who is drawn to Alaska, beauty, water, or the poetic, this is a book they will love.”
—Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica

“In this deeply honest memoir, Weiss reflects on her first seasons living in coastal Alaska, serenely recording the stunning unpredictability of the place and people. Initially moving from Oregon, where she was a fifth-grade science teacher, to the “halibut capital of the world” in south-central Alaska with her boyfriend, John, a teacher and naturalist, Weiss felt “adrift and confused” by the new pattern of weather and fish, and the alien behavior of the sea. Securing teaching jobs in the village of Homer, Weiss and John embarked on an exploration of the area, becoming acquainted with the town’s early history as a coal outpost, its Natives and throwback community of Old Believers (Russian Orthodox); befriending far-flung neighbors who proved a valuable support network; and trying to make themselves self-sufficient in this unforgiving landscape. They learned to dipnet in the Kenai River (the locals’ favorite way to catch enormous quantities of salmon to freeze for the coming winter), lay in supplies and harvest wild foods, kayak across the treacherous Kachemak Bay in summer and ski during the long, dark winters over vast snowy vistas. However, the isolation and forced introspection eventually fractured the couple, and Weiss headed out on her own, to catalogue, in sometimes limpid prose her, romance with the largest state, in the grip of change. “
Publishers Weekly