Coming March 2020
Cameron Dueck takes a motorcycle trip through Manitoba and Latin America in search of isolated enclaves of extreme Mennonites—and himself.
In the 1920s, the most radical Mennonites—fearing a loss of autonomy—moved from Canada to Latin America, where they built colonies, keeping their doors and minds closed for nearly a century against the rest of the sinful world. They live as if time has stood still, with their clothes, farms and their outlook unchanged for centuries, and this isolation bears dark social consequences. Seeking answers in an eight-month, 45,000 km solo motorcycle journey across the Americas, Cameron Dueck finds reasons to both love and loathe the identity he searched for.
PRAISE FOR CAMERON DUECK
“The New Northwest Passage nicely captures the joys and pitfalls of an Arctic journey.” –Kenza Moller, Canadian Geographic
“In the hands of a good writer like Dueck, the story of the trip is engaging and hard to put down.” –Jim Blanchard, The Winnipeg Free Press
“Dueck presents an important portrait of a people and place in flux.” –David Leonard, Quill & Quire
“Lots of people dream of quitting the rat-race, buying a boat and sailing away to the Caribbean or the South Pacific. But few do the first two and then embark on a voyage through the Northwest Passage. Hats off to Cameron Dueck: he acted, made good, and now he’s written a compelling book about it.” –Ken McGoogan, author of The Fatal Passage Quartet
“In an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones, Cameron Dueck sets out to find the ‘Arctic Grail.'” –Michael Byers, author of Who Owns the Arctic
“The book is an engrossing string of vignettes about life in the real Arctic, not the Arctic of tourism brochures and adventurers’ tales. Dueck has a faithful and sympathetic ear for the people of the Arctic and how their lives are changing.” –Clive Tesar, World Wildlife Fund
“Cameron Dueck’s account of this journey makes a wonderful read—exciting, amusing, and above all, interesting.” –E.C. Pielou, author of A Naturalist’s Guide to the Arctic