"Newman..is at her best bring to life the chapters on her near feral Alaskan upbringing. You can practically smell the freshly killed game" —Entertainment Weekly
"Newman's adult search for her own true home is riveting, as her worldwide adventures; it's a joy to be in on the ride." —Reader's Digest
A searing memoir about searching for home, set on the tundra of the Alaskan Bush, for fans of Mary Karr's The Liar's Club and Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
At age seven, Leigh Newman can face down a black bear, land a silver salmon and remain calm when her family’s single-prop plane stalls out and falls towards the earth (but doesn’t crash). At age eight, she can fly 5,000 miles between her violently divorced parents—balancing one life in Alaska with her dad with another one with her mom in the Lower 48. At age 31? She can charm a Mafia boss in Russia, track a tiger in Nepal, and swim off with a pod of wild dolphins in the Galapagos. What she still can’t do is unpack her duffle and open up—even to the man she married. How does independence morph into exile? How does surviving—literally—become a way of life? Part love letter to Alaska and part love story, Still Points North is a powerful, action-packed story about choosing the complexities of human connection over escape and isolation—and finding a way back home.