Our friend and colleague Lucinda Scala Quinn recommended a great new memoir, Still Points North, by Leigh Newman. Newman, the deputy editor and online books editor at O Magazine, traces a childhood bifurcated by divorce—the several thousand miles between Baltimore and Anchorage and the gulf between those physical and emotional landscapes. The product of a fragile single mother struggling to make ends meet, and a rugged outdoorsman father, whose “Great Alaskan” mythology looms large takes us down her path of—and back from—a self-imposed exile. It’s one of the best coming-of-age stories I’ve read in a long time.


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