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Name:  Andromeda Romano-Lax  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois

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Romano-Lax was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Andromeda Romano-Lax worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before writing fiction. She is co-editor of an anthology, ''Travelers’ Tales Alaska''. Her own work has appeared in travel anthologies and been published in a wide range of magazines and newspapers. The co-founder of the nonprofit statewide literary organization, ''49 Alaska Writing Center,'' Romano-Lax now teaches for the Center. She also teaches fiction in the University of Alaska Anchorage low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program, in Antioch University's Inspiration to Publication program, and as a freelance book coach. Currently, she divides her time between Alaska, Mexico and Asia.

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Sea Kayaking in Baja
ISBN: 0899971571

Wilderness Pr. 1993

Sea Kayaking in Baja

Walking Southeast Alaska: Scenic Walks and Easy Hikes for Inside Passage Travelers
ISBN: 089997208X

Wilderness Pr. 1997

Here are 40 hikes and walks, all within a 520-mile stretch of rugged coastline known as the "Inside Passage." The author provides historical, cultural and natural points of interest as well.

How to Rent a Public Cabin in Southcentral Alaska: Access and Adventures for Hikers, Kayakers, Anglers, and More (How To-- (Berkeley, Calif.).)
ISBN: 0899972276

Wilderness Pr. 1999

How to Rent a Public Cabin in Southcentral Alaska covers every public cabin and hut in Southcentral Alaska, a triangular region whose west point is Kodiak Island, east point is Cordova (Prince William Sound), and north point is Denali State Park. Andromeda Romano-Lax comprehensively describes 105 public cabins for rent, with 49 of the more accessible and popular cabins highlighted and described in greater detail. You will also find 12 easy-to-read maps of the areas covered and photos of each cabin. Each listing includes: A complete description of each cabin, including type of structure, sleeping facilities, and cooking, heating, outhouse, and water availability. Detailed information on rental procedure, cost, capacity, and dates available. Directions to each site, scenery descriptions, wildlife-viewings, and recreational opportunities.

Adventure Kayaking: Baja
ISBN: 0899972470

Wilderness Pr. 2001

Explore the Baja coast with Andromeda Romano-Lax as she guides you on the best paddling trips around the Baja peninsula. Each route has a map and a trip summary, including length and directions, plus information on climate and conditions and the latest regulations and camp registration requirements. An essential resource for anyone planning to visit the fishing villages and isolated beaches of Baja.

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: A Traveler's Guide
ISBN: 0882405276

Alaska Northwest Books. 2001

The definitive guide to the Kenai Penisula. Enjoy mountain peaks and blue glaciers, rushing rivers and aquamarine lakes, coastal islands, abundant wildlife, and king-size salmon.

Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition Along Baja's Desert Coast
ISBN: 1570612552

Sasquatch Books. 2002

Andromeda Romano-Lax, with her husband and two children, set out to explore the dazzling waters of the Sea of Cortez in a 24-foot sailboat. Inspired by Steinbeck’s famous 1940 book The Log from the Sea of Cortez, the author quickly proves herself an experienced and lyrical guide to one of North America’s most unusual and rugged places. Her vivid descriptions of the abundant marine life turn readers into armchair naturalists. An encounter with a mentally unbalanced skipper, a baseball game with local villagers, and a kayaking trip in a violent storm are among the adventures — and misadventures — Romano-Lax chronicles here. Including a map, a delightful blend of adventure, science, and philosophy, Searching for Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez is a memorable trip to some of the most biologically diverse waters in the world.

Kenai Fjords National Park
ISBN: 093093153X

Alaska Natural History Assn. 2004

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet! At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate. Of the many 'must see' destinations in Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park is certainly at or near the top of the list. The 600,000 acre Park features dramatic fjords, calving glaciers, and the massive 300 square mile Harding Ice field. The waters of Kenai Fjords are teaming with marine wildlife like stellar sea lions, harbor seals, Dall porpoises, sea otters, humpback, killer and minke whales.

Chugach National Forest: Legacy of Land, Sea, and Sky
ISBN: 0930931653

Alaska Natural History Association. 0

The Spanish Bow
ISBN: 0156034093

Mariner Books. 2008

"I was almost born Happy." So begins The Spanish Bow and the remarkable history of Feliu Delargo, who just misses being "Feliz" by a misunderstanding at his birth, which he barely survives.

The accidental bequest of a cello bow from his dead father sets Feliu on the course of becoming a musician, unlikely given his beginnings in a dusty village in Catalonia. When he is compelled to flee to anarchist Barcelona, his education in music, life, and politics begins. But it isn’t until he arrives at the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid that passion enters the composition with Aviva, a virtuoso violinist with a haunted past. As Feliu embarks on affairs, friendships, and rivalries, forces propelling the world toward a catastrophic crescendo sweep Feliu along in their wake.

The Spanish Bow is a haunting fugue of music, politics, and passion set against half a century of Spanish history, from the tail end of the nineteenth century up through the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

Denali National Park and Preserve
ISBN: 0930931734

Alaska Natural History Association. 0

The Detour
ISBN: 1616950498

Soho Press. 2012

Ernst Vogler is twenty-four years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer--the Third Reich's Sonderprojekt, which is collecting the great art of Europe and brining it to Germany for the Fhrer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job.

Things start to go wrong almost immediately. The Italian twin brothers who have been hired to escort Vogler to the border seem to have priorities besides the task at hand--wild romances, perhaps even criminal jobs on the side--and Vogler quickly loses control of the assignment. The twins set off on a dangerous detour and Vogler realizes he will be lucky to escape this venture with his life, let alone his job. With nothing left to lose, the young German gives himself up to the Italian adventure, to the surprising love and inevitable losses along the way.

The Detour is a bittersweet novel about artistic obsession, misplaced idealism, detours, and second chances, set along the beautiful back-roads of northern Italy on the eve of war.

ISBN: 1616956534

Soho Press. 2016

From the author of The Spanish Bow comes a lush, harrowing novel based on the real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of the most controversial scientists—and mothers—of the 20th century

“The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it’s born,”
wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and “mawkish” impulses to kiss and hug their child, “most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder.”

Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson’s ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children.

In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs—and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another “woman behind a great man.”

With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.


Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez

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