Friday, May 3, 2013

Giveaway - North of Hope by Shannon Polson

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Author Shannon Polson is offering up a signed hardback copy of her memoir, North of Hope.  It’s her own personal story of overcoming the grief of her parents death through music, faith, and the untamed beauty of the Alaskan wild.  The first chapter is available for your reading pleasure, but here’s what Amazon has to say about it. 
After her parents are killed in a rare grizzly attack, the author is forced into a wilderness of grief. Turning to loves she learned from her father, Polson explores the perilous terrain of grief through music, the natural world, and her faith. Her travels take her from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall where she sings Mozart's Requiem, and ultimately into the wilderness of Alaska's remote Arctic and of her heart.

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Polson's deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage, as much an internal journey as a literal one. Readers who appreciate music or adventure narratives and the natural world or who are looking for new ways to understand loss will find guidance, solace, and a companionable voice in this extraordinary debut.
And what about Shannon herself?  Glad you asked.
About the Author:  In junior high school, Shanon wrote “writer, artist” on her dreams and plans list, and the rest is history, as they say.  Though not really, not if you consider history some kind of linear path.  During high school she flirted with law and veterinary science, returned to English literature as a major in college (along with art history), and went off to fly Apache helicopters in the army for the rest of her twenties.  In the midst of school and flying came skydiving, big-mountain climbing, and long-course triathlons.  To turn all that into something practical, she went to business school and worked in the corporate jungle for a few years.  Then she started an MDiv (part time) and decided not to pursue it.  She returned to writing for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which was because she was still trying to understand something within herself—something that said that life is short and an unauthentic one is not worth living.
Sounds like one ass-kicker of a woman, if you ask me.  I like it.  And if the short version of the bio doesn’t sate your curiosity, you can always go check out Shannon’swebsite for more info.

So, yeah—the giveaway.  That’s what you’re here for, right?  It’s the usual deal.  There’s one physical (hardback) copy up for grabs.  It’s only available to U.S. entrants, but international peeps can get an electronic copy instead.  Everyone gets a freebie entry just for reading the blog, and you can do lots of fun stuff to earn more entries. Giveaway ends May 10, 2012.  Sign up using the Rafflecopter widget down heyah.  

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  1. This book looks great. I love books that explore our search for meaning in this world. I'd love to read it. Thanks!

  2. Holy crap, sounds tough, illuminating and amazing. What hasn't this lady done?!

  3. This sounds like such an amazing book! I'm moving it up to my top 10 books to read. What a great giveaway!

  4. This book sounds like a great story. I really cannot wait to read it. I am thankful for all of the hard work you have put into this for everyone to read. Thank you.

  5. North of Hope sounds like a great memoir. Nice giveaway!

  6. Sounds really good. I love watching the Alaska "reality" shows on TV. It's a tough way to live. Truly believable, being killed by Grizzlies. Sounds like the author is as kick ass as the character. ^_^

  7. Thank you for the giveaway, the book sounds great.