Hooked on Antifreeze: True Tales About Loving and Leaving Alaska by Nancy Woods
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In this collection of stories, poems, and photographs, Nancy Woods reveals her life-long affection for Alaska.
"You'll never get Alaska out of you," a man who'd spent a lot of time in the Far North once told me; and that man was right. Living in Alaska feels like a straight shot of vodka, which means residing anywhere else smacks of weak lemonade and may be one of the reasons why I've made so many trips back to Fairbanks, where I was born and raised. Like a dog hooked on antifreeze, I keep going back. Today I live in Portland, Oregon, but even in this temperate climate, the East wind can blow down the Columbia River Gorge, stinging my ears and bringing back memories of Fairbanks. Once frostbitten, your body never forgets.”
Nancy Woods is a humor writer who gets a kick out of writing. Her Kickstart Your Writing classes (offered in Portland, OR and online) provide a relaxed, supportive and fun environment in which writers can hone their skills.
A trained journalist (M.A., Journalism, University of Oregon) and experienced creative writer, Woods’ work has appeared in Cirque, Northwest Palate, Oregon Quarterly, Oregon Humanities, Raven Chronicles and The Oregonian, among others. She is a recipient of the Andy Hope Literary Award.
A transplanted Alaskan, Woods lives in Portland, Oregon, where she edits a community newspaper. She is the author of two books: Under the Influence of Tall Trees: True Tales From a Pacific Northwest Writer and Hooked on Antifreeze: True Tales About Loving and Leaving Alaska.