Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border

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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.6 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Porter Fox was born in New York and raised on the coast of Maine. He is the author of Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border and DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow, featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Review and in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He lives, writes and edits the award-winning literary travel writing journal Nowhere in upstate New York. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Powder,,,, Narrative, The Literary Review, and has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing. He teaches at Columbia University School of the Arts and is a MacDowell Fellow. He won a Western Press Association award in 2014 for a two-part feature about climate change and a Lowell Thomas Award for an excerpt from Northland.


Richly populated with fascinating northlanders, Native Americans, and many border patrol agents, this is highly entertaining and informative travel literature.
Fox's borderland journal offers a poignant reminder of the shared history of two nations and the contentious nature of the border line.--Laurence A. Marschall
[Fox is] adept at... capturing the natural beauty and ancient landscapes of the borderlands.... [His] travels uncover a secret: this largely ignored border is key to the U.S. economy... and it will loom large if and when America's more easily accessible natural resources become depleted.
In this sweeping account of the northern boundary of the U.S., Fox... moves seamlessly between geologic and human time scales.... He narrates his own travels with keen observation, attuned to the special details that set each place apart, and speaks to fascinating people along the way who have shaped their lives, in one way or another, around the border.... Although this boundary line is, for the most part, invisible, Fox finds that it still leaves an indelible mark on the places and people it touches.
Part adventure, some history, and a little bit Studs Terkel, filled with encounters with people as diverse as the landscape.--Jon Foro
Fox is an excellent guide, capturing the majesty of the Northland's diverse geology, flora, weather and seasons.--Peter Geye
In a time when no borders should be ignored--when ICE and ice are indifferent to human lives--a travelogue like Fox's, freighted with history and hope, blood and bone and snow, is all the more important.--B. David Zarley, Paste magazine
Northland... [has] that touch of jump and sparkle that every good travelogue needs.--Peter Lewis