Finding Jim

Hardcover | September 23, 2013

bySusan Oakey-Baker

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Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Baker's struggle to confront the realities of life after the death of her husband, renowned mountain guide Jim Haberl, the first Canadian to summit the most difficult mountain in the world: K2. For fifteen years they had spent time adventuring together around the world: skiing the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and mountaineering in North America. In time, they got married, solidified a home for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and planned on starting a family. But the future Susan had imagined was not meant to be, and when Jim was killed in an avalanche in the University Range of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, she was faced with a loss greater than anything she ever could have expected.

After Jim's death, Susan spent time retracing the adventures they took together, in a desperate and obsessive attempt to gather and hold on to as many memories of him as she could. She travelled to the place in Alaska where he lost his life; searched the Queen Charlotte Islands where they had first met; trekked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro where they had journeyed the year before his death; and scoured the hills around their Whistler home for traces of the man she had expected to spend the rest of her life with.

In the spirit of books like Joan Didion'sThe Year of Magical Thinking and Maria Coffey's Fragile Edge, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's death, to defy the pain that such a loss causes and embrace the healing power of mountains, adventure and wilderness as she reimagines her new life.

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Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Baker's struggle to confront the realities of life after the death of her husband, renowned mountain guide Jim Haberl, the first Canadian to summit the most difficult mountain in the world: K2. For fifteen years they had spent time adventuring together around the world: skiing the Himalaya, rafting in ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 23, 2013Publisher:RMB | Rocky Mountain BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:192733070X

ISBN - 13:9781927330708

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sincere and honest! I'm really grateful I've read Finding Jim. Sue's honest and true acknowledgements of her grieving helped me feel less alone with my own experience and also to trust my own intuition. There are stages in her book where I feel I want more of her insight and truth, more of her story, something I've hardly ever experienced from reading other books. Finding Jim is reality and life, as real and pure as it gets. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful and Moving Story Although this book contains more than its share of tragedy, sadness and loss, ultimately I think it is a story of love and hope. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and my emotions ran the full gamut all the way through. Sue navigates through very intense personal feelings and experiences sensitively and lovingly. Her writing style helped put me the reader in her shoes through all the things she has been through on this journey. I really loved this book and think it's a powerful tribute to Jim as well as the love they shared together. 
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An insightful read "Finding Jim" really spoke to me. I admire how Sue's book talks so openly and poignantly about grief.  The exciting adventures Sue and Jim took together and the heartbreaking journey Sue had to take after his death are chronicled so elequently in this memoir.  Your book reminds us that lose is a great teacher, it teaches us to grow. 
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overcoming loss... A tragically beautiful and honest portrayal of loss and survival after the death of a loved one. Reassuring in terms of the healing power of nature and the outdoors.
Date published: 2013-12-13