“Aleuts have at least seven words for wind, most of which refer to
strength.” So begins Sumner MacLeish’s extraordinary account of life
on a remote Alaska island in the Bering Sea. The Pribilof Islands are
the summer breeding grounds for hundreds of fur seals and seabirds
and are home to some 600 Aleuts. MacLeish’s beautifully crafted
prose invites us into a landscape and a culture like no other on earth.
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