Member’s Only Book Club
Next discussion – June 2, 2022
4 p.m. Eastern
This Quarter’s Book Selection
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic
The remarkable true story of a young Inuit woman who survived six months alone on a desolate, uninhabited Arctic island.
In September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt to colonize desolate Wrangel Island for Great Britain. Two years later, Ada Blackjack emerged as the sole survivor of this ambitious polar expedition. This young, unskilled woman–who had headed to the Arctic in search of money and a husband–conquered the seemingly unconquerable north and survived all alone after her male companions had perished.
Following her triumphant return to civilization, the international press proclaimed her the female Robinson Crusoe. But whatever stories the press turned out came from the imaginations of reporters: Ada Blackjack refused to speak to anyone about her horrific two years in the Arctic. Only on one occasion–after charges were published falsely accusing her of causing the death of one her companions–did she speak up for herself.
Jennifer Niven has created an absorbing, compelling history of this remarkable woman, taking full advantage of the wealth of first-hand resources about Ada that exist, including her never-before-seen diaries, the unpublished diaries from other primary characters, and interviews with Ada’s surviving son. Ada Blackjack is more than a rugged tale of a woman battling the elements to survive in the frozen north–it is the story of a hero.
About the Author
Jennifer Niven’s first book, The Ice Master, was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The book, which has been translated into nine languages, has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Outside, and Writer’s Digest, and was the subject of full-length documentaries on Dateline NBC and the Discovery Channel.
This group just for Grow & Lead members will meet quarterly on Zoom to allow for participation from all areas of the U.P. The book selections will be voted on each quarter by those in the group. Register for the June 2 discussion.
Thursday, September 8 – The Happy, Health Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman
Thursday, December 1 – Book TBD