Author Sally Mahieu’s New Book “Alaska From the Inside Out - Memories of Suzanne Nuyen Henning” is an Interesting Account of a Life Lived in the Far North

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Recent release “Alaska From the Inside Out - Memories of Suzanne Nuyen Henning” from Page Publishing author Sally Mahieu is a glimpse into life as seen through the eyes of a teacher and a wife as she makes her way in a new culture.

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Sally Mahieu was born and raised in Southwest Michigan. She is the eldest of three children, one of whom is the subject of this book. After attending Western Michigan University, she received a writing degree from Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut. She has written for local, regional, and national publications. Sally is a former freelance writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette. She is married to her husband, Edward. Sally has two adult children, two adult grandsons, and two beautiful great-granddaughters. She’s still deeply rooted in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and lives in the house that her great-great-grandfather built in 1896, and has completed her new book “Alaska From the Inside Out- Memories of Suzanne Nuyen Henning”: a fun-to-read novel filled with the joys and pains experienced in an exceptional life.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Sally Mahieu’s delightful book takes the reader on a journey across the continent.

From a small town in West Michigan to the wild bush country of Alaska is a long way, but that’s where Suzanne Henning ended up. Armed with only a teaching degree from Western Michigan University, she set off with her new husband for Alaska. Starting in Sitka, where there were no teaching jobs available, she took whatever work she could find from hotel maid at the Sitka Hotel to a secretarial job at Sheldon Jackson College. She helped her husband, a surveyor for the Alaska Aviation Division, make ends meet. When she finally landed a teaching position in Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Strait, life began to change. She was teaching a first-grade class of Siberian Yupik children. The problem: the kids didn’t speak English, and Henning didn’t speak Siberian Yupik. She taught their lessons with the help of two bilingual aides, Apiyeka and Sunqaanga.

Both teacher and class reaped benefits from this teaching method and learned a lot from each other. This began a twenty-three-year odyssey of teaching in the Alaskan bush, and along the way, she picked up many skills that would help her deal with a new way of life:

  • baking her own bread in an oil stove
  • how to cook walrus liver, seal meat, and other tasty Eskimo treats
  • the ins and outs of riding a three-wheeler (more difficult than it looks)
  • having only one community phone to the outside and being at the mercy of the phone operator of the day

Henning loved her students, and they returned that love. She became a well-respected Alaskan educator, earning not only the famous Milken Award but also the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Readers who wish to experience this fascinating work can purchase “Alaska From the Inside Out- Memories of Suzanne Nuyen HenningSally Mahieu” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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