“The early twentieth century was arguably the golden age of polar exploration and Louise Arner Boyd, heir to a fortune and raised a society woman in San Francisco, defied expectations to follow her dream to explore the most remote and dangerous regions on the planet. Joanna Kafarowski has given us a fascinating account of an adventurous spirit following an unconventional path.”

Stephen R. Bown

Author of “White Eskimo Knud Rasmussen’s Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic” and “The Last Viking The Life of Roald Amundsen.”

After inheriting a staggering family fortune in her thirties, Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) began leading a double life. Over the next three decades, she achieved international notoriety as a rugged and audacious polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Despite organizing, financing and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.


Spanish language edition available from Ediciones Casiopea

Fishing makes an important contribution in northern regions and provides economic diversification in remote communities. This ground-breaking book provides an insightful and thoughtful assessment of the role of women in a variety of northern subsistence and industrial fisheries in Alaska, Arctic Canada, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.