His powerful memoir . . . begins with him confronting a bear that's trying to break into his house at four in the morning and goes on to cover natural Arctic events . . . Wright smoothly combines science and philosophy in this graceful work, attuned to the physical and spiritual mysteries of nature.
The Eskimo concept of koviashuvik resonates at the core of Wright's thinking and of this book . . . The Eskimos, like the Wrights, understood that to experience koviashuvik one must live in harmony with nature, not separately and apart from it.
This is the best book about Alaska written this decade, possibly this half-century.