The Legendary Betty Frank: The Cariboo's Alpine Queen

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$24.95  $23.20
Caitlin Press
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5.98 X 8.98 X 0.65 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author
Sage Birchwater is the author of 'Chiwid' (New Star Books) and was the editor and a contributor to 'Gumption & Grit: Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin' (Caitlin Press), and is currently co-authoring a book on bush pilots of the Cariboo Chilcotin region with Chris Harris. Sage was a staff writer for the 'Williams Lake Tribune' until his retirement in March 2009. He still lives in Williams Lake.

Betty Frank grew up in Coastal British Columbia in the logging and fishing community of Owen Bay just off Sonora Island. After an exciting career in the Cariboo, Betty Frank relocated to Quadra Island, but she still takes care of the lodge and cabin on Quesnel Lake where she once guided, trapped and cut shakes years ago.

"The book is a fascinating read about Frank's life, growing up playing on log booms and living float houses." -- 100 Mile House Free Press

"This is Cariboo history at its grittiest, an unfiltered look into a lifestyle that is now all but lost even in Betty's remote mountains. It is a chronicle of rural people living at the margins of mainstream British Columbia society with few resources except what they can glean from the land. To survive, they hunt, fish, cut shakes, and trap. They rely on horses, dogs, beat-up vehicles and each other. The book documents their lives with a level of detail found in few other sources, and this is perhaps its greatest value. The stories, often hilarious, sometimes scary, and occasionally sad, paint a picture of a life lived to the fullest, and of childhood dreams realized beyond expectations." -- BC Studies