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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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Coming into the Country

Coming into the Country

by John McPhee

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 438 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

A superb introduction to the state, McPhee's lyrical portrait blends history, issues and interesting facts -- with sketches of frontier life and unforgettable Alaskan characters. (ALA04, $18.00)

Alaska's Southeast, Touring the Inside Passage

Alaska's Southeast, Touring the Inside Passage

by Mike Miller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Our best-selling book on Alaska, this practical guide includes not just information on where to go and what to do in the region (with terrific town maps) but also a good overview of the area's natural history, culture and geography. (ALA23, $17.95)

Marine Mammals of Alaska

Marine Mammals of Alaska

by Kate Wynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 75 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Designed for use in the field, this indispensable guide features large color photographs, key information and detailed range maps for all the whales, seals and other marine creatures found near the shores of Alaska and Russia. Third edition. (ALA08, $25.00)

The Nature of Alaska

The Nature of Alaska

by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This clearly presented field guide to mammals, birds, seashore life, fish, trees, shrubs and wildflowers features 300 color illustrations. (ALA137, $14.95)

Alaska's Inside Passage Destination Map

Alaska's Inside Passage Destination Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Alaska's Inside Passage at a scale of 1:880,000. With a full Alaska map and cultural information on the reverse. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. (ALA362, $11.95)

 
Alaska and Canada's Inside Passage

Alaska and Canada's Inside Passage


by Coastal Cruise Tour Guides

  • 1995
  • MAP

This accordion map-guide folds into a booklet, at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (ALA12, $15.95)

Alaska Almanac

Alaska Almanac


by Alaska Northwest

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Zany facts and figures on the geography, history and culture of Alaska. Peppered with only-in-Alaska jokes and goofy illustrations, it makes for leisurely, entertaining browsing for the whole family. (ALA21, $17.99)

Alaska, Saga of a Bold Land

Alaska, Saga of a Bold Land


by Walter R. Borneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

In this wide-ranging history, Borneman captures the personalities, bravura and challenges of Alaska, describing the days of the fur traders and explorers, the gold rush, the building of the railroads and current controversies. (ALA187, $16.99)

The Island Within

The Island Within


by Richard Nelson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land. (ALA17, $17.00)

Travels in Alaska

Travels in Alaska


by John Muir

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

The centerpiece of this beloved classic is Muir's wide-eyed account of the discovery of Glacier Bay. (ALA16, $15.00)

Passage to Juneau

Passage to Juneau


by Jonathan Raban

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 435 PAGES

In this thoughtful account of the sea and its meaning, Raban weaves the tale of Vancouver's original voyage of discovery with his own adventures on a solo journey aboard a 35-foot ketch along the Inside Passage. (ALA94, $16.95)

The Only Kayak, A Journey into the Heart of Alaska

The Only Kayak, A Journey into the Heart of Alaska


by Kim Heacox

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Heacox writes with warmth and insight of his 25 years living in Glacier Bay in this loving memoir about the history, nature and allure of the place. Braided through the larger story are tales of gold prospectors and the cabin they built 60 years ago; John Muir and his intrepid terrier, Stickeen; and a dynamic geology professor who teaches earth science "as if every day were a geological epoch." (ALA230, $16.95)

Alaska, Tales of Adventure from the Last Frontier

Alaska, Tales of Adventure from the Last Frontier


by Spike Walker

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This diverse anthology of 31 tales, classic and modern, includes Jack London's famous story of the Yukon, How To Build a Fire, and Gary Paulsen's account of racing the Iditarod. (ALA188, $18.99)

Murder at Five Finger Light

Murder at Five Finger Light


by Sue Henry

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Sue Henry, who has lived in Juneau for 25 years, draws on Alaskan history, lore and landscape for this classic who-done-it set on an old lighthouse on the Inside Passage. (ALA266, $7.99)

The Reader's Companion to Alaska

The Reader's Companion to Alaska


by Alan Ryan

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

A volume of 28 eyewitness reports on the Alaskan wilderness over the last 100 years, including pieces by John Muir, Barry Lopez and Jon Krakauer. The long excerpts are presented geographically with separate sections on the Inside Passage, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali. (ALA53, $22.95)

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific


by Sea Grant Alaska | Pieter Folkens

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PLASTIC CARD

This multi-panel waterproof card illustrates the region's 50 species of whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals. Includes full-color panels with typical behaviors, whalewatching guidelines and identification tips. (ALA143, $10.00)

The Inside Passage to Alaska

The Inside Passage to Alaska


by Art Wolfe

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Wolfe celebrates the islands, glaciers and wildlife of the Inside Passage in this tribute in dozens of color photographs. (ALA263, $22.95)

Alaska Wildlife

Alaska Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated card features color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of Alaska. (ALA123, $6.95)

Familiar Plants of Coastal Alaska

Familiar Plants of Coastal Alaska


by Stephen MacLean

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Ship naturalist MacLean features common and interesting plants, lichens, mosses, ferns and trees of temperate coastal rainforest habitats in Alaska in this compact photo guide. One of his favorite places is Ideal Creek, near Petersburg, "which has a wonderful U.S. Forest Service boardwalk trail through Alaska's old growth temperate rainforest, with moss and lichen species distributed from the forest floor to the canopy far overhead. Visitors are often surprised to find orchids in the forest and adjacent wet meadows." (ALA329, $19.95)

Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers

Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers


by Verna Pratt

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

With 350 color illustrations, it's slim enough to slip into your pocket. (ALA40, $15.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

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