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The Ice Cave
A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic
Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Terrace Books

Gripping true adventure stories—from the Mojave to the Antarctic—reveal one woman's wild affair with the earth

For Lucy Jane Bledsoe, wilderness had always been a source of peace. But during one disastrous solo trip in the wintry High Sierra she came face to face with a crisis: the wilderness no longer felt like home. The Ice Cave recounts Bledsoe's wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers the meanings of fear and grace.

These are Bledsoe's gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska, encountering UFOs in the Colorado Desert, and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story "The Breath of Seals" takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. These fresh and deeply personal narratives remind us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelter—and moments of grace—on our planet.

"A vivid storyteller, Lucy Jane Bledsoe delivers a compelling and thought-provoking read. Her search for wild places leads her on an inner journey as well, taking her at last to the wildest continent of all. Bledsoe's account of Antarctica is as mysterious and astonishing as the land itself."
—Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of two novels: This Wild Silence, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and Working Parts, winner of an American Library Association Award for literature. Her collection Sweat: Stories and a Novella was also a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is the recipient of many other awards and literary fellowships and has worked as a scriptwriter for National Geographic and other educational organizations. She teaches in the Masters of Creative Writing Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco.

Inquiries regarding review copies, events, and interviews can be directed to the publicity department at publicity@uwpress.wisc.edu or (608) 263-0734.

There is also a press kit for The Ice Cave with downloadable images and other publicity materials.

The Ice Cave is illustrated with one of Bledsoe's photos of ice, snow, shadow and cold sky.

September 2006

LC: 2006007291 G
182 pp.  6 x 9

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