Selected Works

A novella and stories at the intersection of family, wilderness, and survival.
A tribe of survivors band together to discover the meaning of love and community.
A love story complicated by the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement.
Three women--a composer, a galley cook, and a climate change geologist--take jobs in Antarctica where they fall in love and into trouble.
A moment of simultaneous grace and injustice leads to the unraveling of three lives.
Two sisters unveil the truth about their brother's disappearance.
Lori, an adult bicycle mechanic, learns to read -- and much more.
Sports and adventure stories.
For Kids
Armchair travel to Antarctica.
Victoria saves an endangered continent.
River wants to make the WNBA!
A mountain lion prowls into an urban neighborhood.
Two girls survive in a mountain storm.

Quick Links

The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

In The Ice Cave, Bledsoe recounts her wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers an unexpected relationship between fear and grace. These are Bledsoe's gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story "The Breath of Seals" takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. Fresh and deeply personal, The Ice Cave reminds us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelter -- and moments of grace -- on our planet.

"Adventure lovers are in for a treat....Action, dialogue, and musings are perfectly balanced in this hard-to-put-down book."
-- Library Journal

"This is an honest -- at times wrenchingly so -- exploration of a personal relationship with wilderness, adrenaline and endorphins." -- Portsmouth Herald

"It is a fine thing that people like Lucy Jane Bledsoe write about sleeping in the snow and camping in the desert. It means that people like me can learn about such adventures without having to undertake them."
-- Bill Littlefield, NPR

"Layered, literary, and unflinchingly honest." -- World Hum: Travel Dispatches from a Shrinking Planet

"The Ice Cave is an exhilarating read....There's an aching beauty to her tales of travel."
-- Passport Magazine