For six long winter months, Alison McCreesh, her partner Pat and their two year old son Riel, traveled north of the 60th parallel. Through a combination of prolonged stays at artist residencies and short side-trips, they experienced six circumpolar countries: Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This book contains Alison's original postcards, which she created daily, exploring not only the "Idea of North", but also illustrating, both through sketches and words, how her family dealt with the uniquely northern issues that they encountered in their circumpolar adventure. Alison's astute and often hilarious insights give an intimate glance into the trials and tribulations of travelling, parenting, working and living in the North. McCreesh's previous book Ramshackle won the NorthWords Best Book Award.
The artist becomes most enamoured with a last redoubt of squatters, shacks known as the Woodyard, a picturesque haven for thrifty bohemians that appeals to her love of the "simultaneously exotic and mundane." Her book, too, is warmly makeshift, looking busy, cramped and earthily coloured, but welcoming and amiable all the same. As McCreesh's title admits, her Yellowknife is just one among many, this is not the story of the city's mining industry, or government workers, or Dene peoples. Instead, her outsider's perspective and her good-humoured portrait of the Woodyard community help introduce her readers to a particular part of Yellowknife life, as McCreesh herself was welcomed once. -Globe and Mail