True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
by Elliot Merrick
While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was Elliot Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in new Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada's most remote regions. True North tells the captivating story of one of the highest points of Merrick's years in Labrador: a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930. Covering 300 miles over a harsh winter, they experienced an unexplored realm of nature at its most intense and faced numerous challenges. Merrick accidentally shot himself in the thigh and almost cut off his toe. Freeszing cold and hunger were constant. Nonetheless, the group found beauty and even magic in the stark landscape. The couple and the trappers bonded with each other and their environment through such surprisingly daunting tasks as fabricating sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and learning to wash underwear without it freezing. Merrick's narrative detail, brings readers into a dramatic story of survival and shares the lesson the Merricks learned: that the greatest satisfaction in life can come from the simplest things.