She is accepted to both, and with the last of her money, she buys a one-way ticket to Fairbanks. Once in Alaska, a place where the midnight sun keeps summer days bright well into the evening, the author is faced with a choice: teaching or geology?
She decides to go with teaching—until the Department of Education chairman makes a last-minute, off-the-cuff remark about wishing he could see the arctic Brooks Range some day. She joins the geology department, despite not having completed the undergraduate coursework required for the program. And good thing for us, too—with that single choice, Albanese catapults herself into the life of an Arctic explorer, mapping uncharted territories of Alaska, a practice that required her to be helicoptered in and left for months at a time.
Despite entering a male-dominated field, Albanese manages to make a name for herself and becomes a geologist for the Alaska State Survey.
An easy and enjoyable read, Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon will appeal to readers of adventure stories and memoir. It will also be appreciated by those looking for strong female characters.
Albanese has made Alaska come alive for the reader, and it just may inspire someone to take their own journey up north. Reviewed by Lia Skalkos Summer Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review.
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