I have always enjoyed taking books with me on vacation.
About twenty years ago I started chosing my vacation reading to be fiction about where I was going.
This trip I finally identify that I specifically enjoy non-fiction short stories about the place that I am visiting.
(Hint: Walk up to your favorite librarian and ask for the call number of non-fiction short stories about where ever you are going.)
Both Bernie and I really, really enjoyed Alaska Passages.Stories written by people who live in Alaska; stories that made us think, or laugh or cry.
Even if you are not heading to Alaska, this book is a winner!
Another short story collection, The Way Winter Comes taught us a lot about hunting and Alaska wildlife.
I find that the short story format works well on vacation because I tend to begin a book and then hunker down and reading the book cover to cover in one long haul.
With a short story I get a complete story in six to twelve pages.
Perfect sized stories for reading during a break in the day or before lights out.
This book on the other hand was not technically a collection of short stories, but the author tells true stories about her life in Haines Alaska in each chapter.
She is a spiritual Christian east coast raised liberal woman, and while I didn't see eye to eye with her on some of her views, I think she would be the kind of neighbor that anyone could appreciate.
Bernie's cousin's husband Brian offered to give us a LOT of fish (that he had caught).
The cod, salmon, halibut, ling cod, and rock fish steaks were packed frozen into a cooler (along with some moose steaks from a moose he had hunted) and we had it all shipped home to us.
A week later I had mastered microwave, pan fried and deep fat fried fish recipes.
I am still not tired of fish!