Tom and I are pleased to offer signed copies of Arctic Son and Arctic Daughter in trade paperback.
These new editions include photographs as well as my original drawings.
E-book versions are available from on-line stores.
Arctic Daughter: A Wilderness Journey
Jeanie’s first book, updated.
I was twenty-two when I set out in an overloaded canoe with my childhood sweetheart, paddling down the Yukon River. We were headed for a year of living off the wilderness in Alaska’s remote Brooks Range. Arctic Daughter was a Reader’s Digest book selection; it has been called “an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and a lyrical odyssey.” Here is an adventure tale of survival and youthful courage, where the power of dreams is measured against unforgiving realities in the natural world. I am pleased to share my updated version with a new generation.
Price: $23 (includes shipping)
Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream
Companion Book to our Documentary
“Jean Aspen helps us believe in the power of our dreams...her description of the fragile but magnificent beauty of the Arctic and the life she found there grabs your heart until you start wondering if maybe it’s time to leave it all behind and follow your own dreams.”
Thank you for sharing our Journey.
Price: $24 (includes shipping)
Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream
2-hour DVD Documentary with Special Features Disc
In the spring of 1992 my husband, Tom, and I flew into Alaska’s remote Brooks Range with our 6-year-old son, Luke, and our friend Laurie. Alone for more than a year, we candidly filmed our lives as we built a cabin and learned to live in this vast and beautiful land. Two decades later, Tom and I produced this very personal documentary about living our dreams. It now shows on PBS stations throughout the country. We are honored to share our Journey with you and those you love.
This two-disc DVD set, for which Alaskan musician Lindianne Sarno composed Arctic Child Suite, includes 46 minutes of Special Features.
Price: $26 (includes shipping)
Child of Air
A novel by Jean Aspen: trade paperback book, 162 pages
What would you give for the chance to start life over? Dr. Christopher Bradford is about to find out. Impulsively abandoning his safe, predictable world and setting out on a journey into the unknown, he finds himself exploring possibilities he never imagined. When he chances upon a piece of history, he is drawn into a story from long ago. In his search for a new identity he discovers that all roads ultimately lead home. Quantity is limited.
Price: $25 (includes shipping)
Trusting the River, my memoir about a lifetime centered on wilderness, will be published in May 2017. You can get a copy from our Store page or your favorite book seller. If you would like an autographed copy from us, please request it.
Brian, Tom, and I are editing our second major documentary, Arctic Daughter: A Lifetime of Wilderness My story focuses seventy years of color slides, films, and video on the broader question of what wilderness means to the human journey. We are also recording Rewilding Kernwood. This final documentary in our Kernwood trilogy speaks to aging in gratitude, legacy, and release.
We are working with Epicenter Press to update many of my mother’s books. Down the Wild River North will be coming out next fall. It is the story of a 3000 mile canoe journey my sister and I took with our adventurous mother when we were young teenagers.
Finally, Tom and I continue our work with the University of Alaska to archive films, photos and writings from my parents and from our lives. We feel privileged to have lived in ways that are no longer possible, and we believe this material belongs to future generations. The UAF received National Film Archive grants to digitalize two of my parents’ old films which can now be seen on their webpage.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm as we share our lives with you.
Wishing you Joy as you follow your own Dreams
Jean Aspen and Tom Irons