- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463533136
- ISBN-13: 978-1463533137
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide: Volume 1 Paperback – 25 May 2011
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About the Author
Jill Homer grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism in 2000. She began her career working for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah and Idaho. In 2005, she moved to Homer, Alaska, to pursue adventure in the Last Frontier. She never viewed herself as an athlete, but she was searching for a unique kind of outlet that provided both physical and psychological challenges. Endurance cycling fit that description. Two years of (mainly mis)adventures landed her in one of the most difficult endurance races in North America, a 350-mile winter traverse of Alaska wilderness called the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The unforgettable experience was the genesis of her first book, Ghost Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime. Her second book, Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide is a continuation of her ongoing adventures. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor in Los Altos, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking to adventure vicariously through a book then this is a great choice.
A book in the knowledge that the author is a genuine sports person without the boring frills of celebrity and is still in awe of those celebrated endurance athletes , that pursuant to her various endeavors, ultimately have become her peers
Will be looking for the sequel.
Best read after Jill's first book (Ghost Trails) which ends one year before this book starts this is a highly personalised account of an epic mountain bike journey through North America, detailing all the highs and lows of endurance cycling.
John Metcalfe has written a excellent book on the same subject (although Jill Homer is taking part in a race) but his is written from an English point of view whereas Jill is a native American. She provides a raw and real account of her journey along the Great Divide detailing all her emotions, pains and injuries throughout in a way that would be unusual for a British writer.
This book is better edited than her first (albeit she still calls her speedometer an odometer and seems to think a stallion is a female horse) and better written, and I read through the book quickly.
For anybody interested in non fiction adventure this is pretty much essential and the cost of a kindle purchase is only slightly more than that of a quality newspaper. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was very interesting a women's perspective on the great divide it made me want to tackle a new adventure myself.Published 11 months ago by h. attenburrow
Inspirational. The tour divide is on my bucket list. Have read a couple of books on it now. This one really hits the spot.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very honest and emotional story of suffering and personal growth. If you are a cyclist dreaming of a similar trip this is a must read.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love jill she is so much like me but on a braver and grander scale, does things that 99.9% can only dream about whilst always understating how good she is, letting us think she... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tatakai Tony
This is another great Jill Homer book I have read and I am really enjoying it, so much so i have subscribed to her blog, Arctic Glass Jill Outside.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
A good read, but slightly drawn out in places, I did not know such a race existed I might have a go myself, not.Published on 19 Oct. 2013 by A W Lord
Ok, the style isn't always there but the enthusiasm of the story and passion with which it is told is infectious. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by nickcooke
Could not put it down. Two great stories in parallel, both of which could have been a book in their own right. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2013 by Kimber