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Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North Paperback – 21 Mar. 2017

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In a new book, Blair Braverman describes a life spent obsessed with the frozen north, and the sexual violence she encountered in that male--The Guardian

". . . a richly insightful work whose bold but delicately delivered honesty has much to teach us. . . . Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube is gorgeous, moving and universally resonant. Most of all, it's important."--Huffington Post

"a lyrical, understated writer. . . . [an] unusual memoir [that] will resonate with anyone who has ever chased a dream through a thicket of difficulty."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[Blair's] external experiences are extraordinary, but it's what happens internally that both sets this memoir apart and gives it universal resonance. Indelible characters, adventurous spirit, and acute psychological insight combine in this multilayered debut."--Kirkus (Starred Review)

"A delicate meditation from the frontiers of feminism, forged by the stark landscapes that prompted it. Braverman is a highly original talent."--Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

"A gripping coming-of-age memoir. Braverman captures brilliantly the challenges and ecstasies of life as a young woman in the frigid, male-dominated worlds of Norway and Alaska. A wonderful book about deep friendships--with humans, dogs and the icy north itself."--Rob Nixon, author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

"A thoughtful meditation on a lifelong attraction to the cold."--Boston Globe

"An award for straightforward storytelling should be named after [Braverman]. . . a fascinating read. . . . a strange, remarkable memoir."--AV Club

"An enchanting memoir of exploration and adventure, self-discovery and self-doubt. . . . Ice Cube hugs everything tight, turning experiences exotic and fearsome into moments tenderly funny and pure."--Buzzfeed

"An extraordinary debut, Ice Cube takes us to the coldest place on earth only to reveal its author's warm, witty, invincible heart."--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Stuck in the Middle With You

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By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a "tough girl"--a young woman who confronts danger without apology--she slowly developed the strength and resilience that the North demanded of her. Weaving together fast-paced adventure writing, ethnographic journalism, and elegantly wrought reflections on identity, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman's journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

--Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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