On The Ice by Gretchen Legler

Travelogue, cultural meditation, and love story, On the Ice casts a panoramic view on one of the oddest communities in one of the most extreme places on earth. Sent to Antarctica as an observer by the National Science Foundation, Gretchen Legler arrives at McMurdo Station in midwinter, a time of -70 degree temperatures and months of near-total darkness. A lesbian struggling with a tumultuous past, she hopes to escape her own demons and present an intimate view of a place few will ever visit. What she discovers is a community of people stripped of any excess by the necessities of existence in a harsh land, where revered scientists are referred to as "beakers"; where cherished belongings are left without regret in a communal lost-and-found; and where women are rare but lesbians in high proportion. Forced to confront her own fears, Legler experiences firsthand how landscape and community allow a life to reset

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  • Laurel

    I had a really good time. I love getting together with all of you, even if the book is not my favorite book. Really good discussion!

    1 · May 16

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    So bummed I missed it! Concert was good though. See you next month.

    1 · May 16

  • Kay G.

    Great discussion and fun

    1 · May 16

  • Evelyn Z.

    Lots of laughs, the discussion stayed on topic for the most part, then more giggles...you guys are awesome!

    May 15

  • Heidi W

    I think this was the funnest book club meeting yet!!! Great discussion! And tons of laughs!

    1 · May 15

  • Kim S.

    Interesting book!

    1 · May 15

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    Sorry ladies, won't make this one. My daughter has a concert. Good thing since I haven't read this one yet. Will go get the next one this week so that I have time to read it. Will miss the discussion. See you next month!

    May 12

  • Vivian G.

    Was not able to get a copy of this book - hope to see everyone next month

    May 13

  • Barbara K.

    Sorry group, but I'm going to be AWOL most of the summer.

    May 9

    • Cathy

      hope you are doing something enjoyable!

      May 9

    • Gloria J

      Same here, I have softball. :(

      May 9

  • Cathy

    so…i am hoping the library has a copy cuz i have not read it yet !!!!

    May 9

  • Evelyn Z.

    Emily, I'll be back in Michigan on the 8th. Can we meet say the 9th so I can borrow it?

    May 3

    • Evelyn Z.

      Thanks! ! I'll let you know when I get back in town!!!

      May 5

    • Evelyn Z.

      Let me know when you are available for me to pick up the book Emily. You can reach me at[masked]

      May 9

  • Emily

    I bought a paperback copy through Amazon and I'm hoping to finish reading it this weekend. If anyone wants to borrow it when I'm done, just let me know!

    May 3

  • Cathy

    OMG its not on ebook. I think I have to go to the library or something

    2 · April 27

    • Laurel

      I know! I totally feel where you are coming from. Ha ha!

      1 · April 27

    • Heidi W

      LOL!!!

      April 27

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