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Libby: The Alaskan Diaries and Letters of Libby Beaman (1879-1880)

Libby: The Alaskan Diaries and Letters of Libby Beaman (1879-1880)

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Libby:  The Alaskan Diaries and Letters of Libby Beaman (1879-1880) is a 236-page softcover published in 1987 by Houghton Mifflin Company. 

Book Summary

Libby is an extraordinary book, a passionate love story that emerges from the pages of an actual century-old diary. Daughter of a prominent Washington D.C. family and from every appearance proper Victorian lady, Libby Beeman, at the age of 35, became the first non-native woman to travel to the Alaskan Pribilof Islands, just outside the Arctic Circle. Her journal and letters reveal the secret desires and strengths that propelled her and her husband on a perilous Journey to the Pribilofs in 1879 and the year-long adventure that followed.

In Alaska, they were forced to share a small cabin with her husband's powerful senior officer, while all around them the raw life, punctuated by the cries of mating seals, released animal passions--passions that threaten Libby's conventional marriage, and ultimately her life.  This remarkable story remained an untold family secret for three generations until Libby's granddaughter Betty John discover these pages and decided to make them public.

ISBN:  0-395-49325-0

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