What I’m Reading: Tisha

I just finished up listening to the audio book Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht.

I was at my on line library and was checking out the new releases.  I was a little frustrated as there were a whole bunch of books that were self help books.  There was not anything I was interested then to my complete joy I saw this book.  It has LONG been one of my favorite books.  I read it first as a teenager and later again as an adult.  I kind of laughed at myself when I added it my holds list as I already knew and loved the story…but sometimes I’m nostalgic and this was one of those times.

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The book was amazing…even for the third time I heard the story.  It’s about an girl from the lower 48 states and she wants to go to the wilds of Alaska to be a teacher.  Her adventures are so interesting.  The book made me dream and want to be a teacher and do the exact same thing- but-  I met Hubby and don’t have quite the adventurous heart that Anne had.  The story is really quite timeless…it deals with racism, inequality, and prejudices.  Sadly it’s not a topic that ever seems to go away.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:““From the time I’d been a girl, I’d been thrilled with the idea of living on a frontier. So when I was offered the job of teaching school in a gold-mining settlement called Chicken, I accepted right away.”

Anne Hobbs was only nineteen in 1927, when she came to harsh and beautiful Alaska. Running a ramshackle schoolhouse would expose her to more than just the elements. After she allowed Native American children into her class and fell in love with a half-Inuit man, she would learn the meanings of prejudice and perseverance, irrational hatred and unconditional love. “People get as mean as the weather,” she discovered, but they were also capable of great good.

As told to reporter Robert Specht, her true story has captivated generations of readers. Now this repackaged edition is available to inspire many more.

Amazon readers give the book 4.8 stars.  I’ll give it 5 stars.  It honestly is one of my favorite books ever.  It might be because of nostalgia…it might be because it’s truly a great book!   I was THRILLED when I saw this book in the listing but also thrilled that they had also added another of my favorite classic books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I confess…I put myself on that waiting list too.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Tisha”

  1. You might also enjoy The Blue Tattoo which is the story of Olive Oatman. I borrowed the audiobook from my library on Overdrive. Much the same themes in the 19th century Arizona.

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