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“After this book, I’ll always think of the Northern Border as Mosher Country.” – Boston Sunday Globe
“Generous in spirit, richly poetic, and packed with memorable characters.” – Lawrence Millman
“A combination of Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau, and Jim Harrison.” – Los Angeles Times
Houghton Mifflin, 1997; paperback Mariner Books 1998
In celebration of his first half century of life, Howard Frank Mosher set off on a journey he had long dreamed of, following America’s northern border from coast to coast. What he discovered was not a border in the conventional sense but a vast and sparsely settled territory largely ignored by the rest of the United States and Canada, a harsh and beautiful region populated by some of the continent’s most self-sufficient, independent-minded men and women. In this book he brings the North Country vividly to life, showing how a tough and interesting land breeds tough and interesting people and how this land has shaped his own life and work.