Memoir is a journey upstream, fighting the current of life | book reviews

“Don’t grow old,” my late mother-in-law used to say. She wasn’t one to fuss over her accumulated physical ailments, and she certainly knew there was only one other option. But that was her default advice when I asked her how she was doing.

I suspect Wasilla author Eric Wade offers similar thoughts after reading his latest offering, “Upstream: In the Alaska Wilderness.” This is the second memoir he’s written about his remote cabin on an unnamed river somewhere in interior Alaska, accessible only by boat. And this time, well beyond sixty, he feels his age. Just like his wife. And in case either forgets, they keep remembering.

David James is a freelance writer living in Fairbanks. It can be emailed to

Alycia R. Lindley