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It Happened Like This


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Adrienne Lindholm lives in Eagle River, Alaska, where she oversees the Wilderness Stewardship Program for the national parks in Alaska. Since 2000 she has worked for the National Park Service as a backcountry ranger, park planner, compliance officer, and natural resource manager. She is also a mother, speaker, and writer. In addition to a memoir about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, she's the author of several backpacking guidebooks, and her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals. She is inspired by wild unhindered places, the flash of wonder in her daughter's eyes, and passionate friends and strangers who work to create a more compassionate and just world. For more information about Adrienne and her work visit


"Adrienne Lindholm has written the truest kind of adventure story in It Happened Like This. Embedded among engaging accounts of backcountry explorations and outdoor challenges are thoughtful inquiries into what it means to become an Alaskan, what's necessary to create a full life, and what wilderness can teach about perseverance, change, loss, and hope. More than anything, this is a gracefully written, openhearted tale about falling in love--with a place, with a person, with a family, and with a future."--Sherry Simpson, author of Dominion of Bears
"More than half of Alaska residents were born someplace else, and so there are many stories of 'coming into the country.' What sets It Happened Like This apart is the intensity with which Adrienne Lindholm explores Alaska's wildest places--its trailless slopes, its wild rivers, its many tall peaks--and the fierceness of her love for these special places."--Miranda Weiss, author of Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
"A love letter to Alaska. Hailing from the developed East Coast, Lindholm finds her true home in the mountains and wilderness of Alaska. Her compelling tales of Arctic adventures will transport you there, and her struggles with big life decisions back in civilization will keep you reading."--Helen Nienhueser, coauthor of 55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southeast Alaska
"You won't find a better marriage proposal, or bear encounter, or life lesson from a mother moose, than the ones hiding in these pages. I loved this book for its honesty and gravity, for its fresh, buoyant language and keen storytelling. Every page embraces mystery, uncertainty, and grace and contains at least one sentence that's a perfect gem. Adrienne Lindholm is a welcome new voice to Alaska literature."--Kim Heacox, author of Jimmy Bluefeather and Rhythm of the Wild
Adrienne Lindholm's luminous memoir chronicles the wonder and wildness of her two decades living in Alaska.--Katie Noah Gibson "Shelf Awareness "
In the end, "It Happened Like This" is a life-affirming story about the ways we test ourselves against our physical selves, our connections to home and wild places and our beliefs. And it's about love -- of wilderness, friends, family, and an imagined future. Lindholm's generous and graceful sharing of her life should prompt readers everywhere to think about what we value and how we reconcile those values with how we live.--Nancy Lord "Anchorage Daily News "
[It Happened Like This] is a gripping and intimate personal history that takes place in, or at the footstep of, wilderness whose scale is still difficult to comprehend.--Zack Fields "Anchorage Press "

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