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Son of a Midnight Land

Son of a Midnight Land

by Atz Kilcher

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A powerful new memoir by Atz Kilcher about growing up with a hard father in a hard land

Atz Kilcher learned many vital skills while helping his parents carve a homestead out of the Alaskan wilderness: how to work hard, think on his feet, make do, invent, and use what was on hand to accomplish whatever task was in front of him. He also learned how to lie in order to please his often volatile father.

Much later in life, as Atz began to reflect on his upbringing, he discovered that the work of pioneering the frontier of the soul is an infinitely more difficult task than any of the back-breaking chores he performed on his family's homestead. Learning to use new tools--honesty, vulnerability, forgiveness, acceptance--and building upon the good helped him heal and learn to embrace the value of resilience. This revised perspective has enabled him to do the most rewarding work of his life: mapping his own inner wilderness while drawing closer to his adult children.

"Years of brave reflection--and, as he's quick to add, professional therapy--turn this pensive homestead confessional into a small triumph of redemption." --Tom Kizzia, New York Times bestselling author of Pilgrim's Wilderness

"With incredible courage and honesty, Atz invites the world into the deepest recesses of his soul. Pain, fear, redemption, forgiveness--it's all in there." --Bonnie Rose Ward, award-winning author of Winds of Skilak

"Very seldom do we get windows into our parents' private lives with such honesty...This book...proves anyone can find forgiveness, love, and even change at any age." --Jewel, singer and daughter of Atz Kilcher

"As a son, I cried tears of forgiveness; as a father, tears of regret and pain; and as a warrior of everyday life, tears of love, fear, and victory! A must-read!" --Atz Lee Kilcher, son of Atz Kilcher and star of Alaska: The Last Frontier

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BN ID: 2940158878046
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Atz Kilcher grew up the eldest son of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, who emigrated from Switzerland to Alaska in the late 1930s, joining some of Homer’s earliest pioneer homesteaders. Today, Kilcher appears regularly alongside family members on Discovery Channel’s popular show Alaska: The Last Frontier. He also performs music around the country, occasionally alongside his singer-songwriter daughter, Jewel; he also enjoys weaving baskets for art exhibits, and spending as much time as possible around a campfire with his grown children and lovely wife, Bonnie.

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