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A rich compilation from a fourth-generation Alaskan. Nature poetry, spiritual reflection with a Metis voice, essays drawn from the well of personal experience, wrily humorous short fiction, and social/cultural commentary. Richly illustrated with black and white photographs of Southeast Alaska.


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A rich compilation from a fourth-generation Alaskan. Nature poetry, spiritual reflection with a Metis voice, essays drawn from the well of personal experience, wrily humorous short fiction, and social/cultural commentary. Richly illustrated with black and white photographs of Southeast Alaska.

15 review for Onward, Crispy Shoulders!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cassondra Windwalker

    Unlike many writers who draw inspiration for their work from their own lives, Mary Haakenson Perry not only doesn't make herself the star, she hardly features in this beautiful, inspiring story of courage and love. Rather, with healthy doses of good humor and wry wit, she recounts the story of a hard-working, adventurous young couple homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness while raising seven children, including their son Jim, who has Down's syndrome. Jim rapidly wins the reader's heart with his Unlike many writers who draw inspiration for their work from their own lives, Mary Haakenson Perry not only doesn't make herself the star, she hardly features in this beautiful, inspiring story of courage and love. Rather, with healthy doses of good humor and wry wit, she recounts the story of a hard-working, adventurous young couple homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness while raising seven children, including their son Jim, who has Down's syndrome. Jim rapidly wins the reader's heart with his vivid imagination, willing spirit, and dogged determination. While all professionals caution the young parents to institutionalize Jim and give up on him, his parents never consider that possibility and instead equip Jim with the skills and ethics to lead an unusually long and productive life, a life that ultimately touched nearly everyone in his community in unforgettable ways. The author, who went on to become a special education teacher herself, beautifully portrays how a person who in so many ways was outcast and ostracized because of his differences manages to grow Into that difference around which a whole society is shaped for the better.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Haakenson

    Good, but I enjoyed another of her books more

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    This was a very enlightening book. We have a Grandson with Down's Syndrome and this book helped us understand many characteristics that are often by people with Downs. It was also a very human, touching story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Angus

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melody

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hofacker

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dedra

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darby Milburn

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adina

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

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