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Northern Exposure: Letters from Cicely Paperback – 19 Mar 1992

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin (19 Mar. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074931334X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749313340
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you used to love watching Northern Exposure then you will really enjoy this book. Written in epistolary format, you get to read all the letters the familiar residents send out to their families and friends around the world. For two months, the letter writing increased dramatically when the town found themselves continually awake for three months. No tiredness or need for sleep at all; every day running 24 without the hint of a yawn, creating extra time to do all the things they ever wanted to do.

At first the residents enjoy their extra hours awake, but as time progresses they become like caged rats, all arguing and completely fed up with the sight of each other.

Now I have spent the last couple of days since finishing this book trying to establish whether the events described in this book are actually possible and I can honestly say I haven't been able to discover the truth. If anyone can enlighten me about sun spots and how they affect us, I would be really happy to discuss them.

One of the letters fascinated me, as it was written to Steve Jobs. Now bear in mind this book was written in 1992, it was astonishing to read about Steve Job's intention for computers and tablets (better known as Ipads now) to be an integral part of family life. I find it astounding to look at the present to see how his idea became reality.

I enjoyed reading the book, it was lovely to see the character's true natures shining through in their letters. In my head, I could hear them reading the letters aloud. It really was nostalgic, to step back into the 90's and visit with such familiar faces. My only niggle was that I had to keep looking at the end of each letter to find out who had written it.

For me, this was truly a comfort read that took me back to a series I used to really love watching. For any big Northern Exposure fans, I highly recommend this book. It will have you reaching for the DVD's of the series to watch them all over again.
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Format: Paperback
A good companion to the first series, letters from the various members of the cast to other members of family and friends. They give just a little more insight to the characters make up.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9a0f84) out of 5 stars Warm, funny, definitely a feel-good book for NX fans. 21 Oct. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Letters from Cicely is a great way to revisit those wonderfully eccentric Cicelians, especially now that the show has been relegated to the hinterlands of re-run TV. The premise of the book is that the whole town cannot sleep for months. The extra time on everyone's hands produces an out-break of letter writing. At first the strange sleeplessness produces no ill effects--no irritability, no loss of clarity. However, after a couple of months pulling all-nighters, things start to go hay-wire. Highly recommended for all who enjoy a good dose of art, philosophy, and a glimpse of life in a small Alaskan town.
108 of 131 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9a73f0) out of 5 stars This book is very disappointing. 5 Mar. 1999
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I was so excited to get this book! I thought: at last, new adventures with my favorite characters! What a disappointment. Not only is the premise ridiculous, but the characters are written as caricatures of themselves. Joel is only barely recognizable; do you really think he would close a letter with "Yours in Chutzpah!"??? Would Chris end a note with "Supremely Conscious"??? Please. Don't hit us over the head with it! Another irritant is the fact that whenever Joel, Maurice, or Holling sends a letter to a place of business, the personal address reads "Gentlemen." The Northern Exposure series was always exploring issues of gender with thoughtfulness and insight, but this book simply reiterates the cultural undertones of sexism. If you're a real Northern Exposure fan, don't waste your time on this book.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9a742c) out of 5 stars Letters From Cicely 3 April 2000
By Barbara Chandler - Published on
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A must read for any Northern Exposure Fan! I thoroughly enjoyed every page. It is a shame it wasn't a script for a two hour movie.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9a7720) out of 5 stars Cheeseball, but readable 8 April 2009
By Becks14 - Published on
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I *HEART* Northern Exposure, so I knew I needed to read this book- even if some of the reviews were unfavorable.

Most of the letters are cheesey and not really how I imagine the characters would speak to their friends or family in a letter. It did seem like most of the letters were written by the same 3 or 4 people, for example my favorite characters (Ruth-Anne and Ed) have very few letters. It's mostly Maurice, Joel and Maggie and of course they bicker about one another.

There is an actual storyline that ties all the letters together, but I won't tell what it is. I would only recommend this book to real, hardcore NX fans, and even then I'd say don't pay more than $5 for it.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9a72f4) out of 5 stars It's great!! 21 April 1998
By Josine van Bunge-Strörmann - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I am really homesick for the televisionseries. In the Netherlands N.E. wasn't popular at all, they didn't even show all of the episodes! So reading a book that gives the exact sensation of watching an episode was a very nice experience for me.
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