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When Jack Palmer was offered a job as a "cat skinner," driving a tractor for a mining company in Nome, Alaska, there was no time to waste in deciding. It was the morning of June 15, 1934. He had a lovely wife, Alice, a young daughter, Artis, a lot of debt, and no job in Seattle. Jack stepped on to the gangplank of the S.S. Victoria at Pier Two that same afternoon. Alice and Artis received a telegram from Jack later that summer: YOU BE ON LAST BOAT STOP HAVE HOUSE READY STOP  BRING FOOD FOR NEXT EIGHT MONTHS STOP JACK A Northwest author with the voice of a natural storyteller, Artis Palmer humorously and tenderly chronicles the challenges faced by her family during the Great Depression. Eccentric characters and unexpected adventures are entertainingly bound by the force of place and community. From bootlegging in Seattle to gold mining in Nome, Alaska, There's No Place Like Nome reveals the courage and resilience of the human spirit in tough times.