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Coming into the Country

Coming into the Country

by John McPhee

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 438 PAGES
  • 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, 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)

Alaska, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Alaska, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

by Les Beletsky | Dennis Paulson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A guide to the most commonly encountered birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and marine invertebrates of Alaska featuring 320 handsome color illustrations and descriptive information on each species. (ALA119, $27.95)

Fodor's Alaska

Fodor's Alaska

by Fodor's Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A popular, full-color guide to Alaska featuring a pull-out map, regional itineraries and updated recommendations. Includes a chapter on exploring the Alaskan wilderness. (ALA225, $21.99)

Alaska Map

Alaska Map

by ITMB

  • 2004
  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Alaska, including the Aleutians, the Bering Strait, and much of neighboring Siberia, at a scale of 1:2,500,000. (ALA31, $11.50)

 
Denali National Park and Preserve Map

Denali National Park and Preserve Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2011
  • MAP

A durable, fold-up topographic map of Denali and surroundings. (ALA88, $11.95)

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's History, The People, Land and Events of the North Country

Alaska's History, The People, Land and Events of the North Country


by Harry Ritter

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A lively pocket history from settlement and discovery to the gold rush and present. (ALA35, $12.95)

Denali's Howl, The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak

Denali's Howl, The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak


by Andy Hall

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Drawing on interviews, lost documents and radio recordings, this gripping chronicle follows the 1967 climbing expedition which saw twelve men ascend Denali and only five return alive. (ALA378, $27.95)

Iditarod, The Great Race to Nome

Iditarod, The Great Race to Nome


by Bill Sherwonit

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 133 PAGES

A history of the Iditarod and dog races in Alaska, featuring both color and archival illustrations. (ALA185, $23.95)

Native Cultures in Alaska

Native Cultures in Alaska


by Tricia Brown

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This brief portrait of Alaska's diverse indigenous populations, published by the Alaska Geographic Society, includes 90 color photographs. (ALA292, $18.95)

The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, Politics


by Maria Shaa Williams

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

This multifaceted anthology allows native Alaskans to speak for themselves. Composed of essays, poems, lyrical accounts of first contacts with Russian explorers, songs, maps and visual art, the sourcebook is a brilliant survey of the culture and history of the indigenous groups of the region. (ALA304, $26.95)

The Klondike Fever, The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush

The Klondike Fever, The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush


by Pierre Berton

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 457 PAGES

First published in 1958, the classic history of the Yukon and Alaska gold rush by the great Canadian historian Pierre Berton. A master storyteller, Berton captures the spirit of the rowdy days of old in loving detail. (ALA20, $19.99)

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)

Two in the Far North

Two in the Far North


by Margaret Murie | Olaus Murie

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 369 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Murie's field biologist husband supplies not only fodder for the stories but also the illustrations for this tale of life on the Alaskan frontier. (ALA57, $18.99)

Alaskan Travels, Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure

Alaskan Travels, Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure


by Edward Hoagland

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

From the Arctic Ocean to the Kenai Peninsula, backstreet bars of Anchorage and a 500-mile adventure on the Yukon, Edward Hoagland traveled the "real" Alaska on a grand journey some 30 years ago. (ALA364, $14.95)

John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire

John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire


by Kim Heacox

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 264 PAGES

A popular lecturer on expedition cruises based in Gustavus, Kim Heacox returns to the story of John Muir -- and his passion for glaciers -- in this dual biography of the man and of Alaska. Muir, who made known the wonders of Glacier Bay in his Travels in Alaska, died 100 years ago. (USW741, $25.95)

Minus 148 Degrees, The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley

Minus 148 Degrees, The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley


by Art Davidson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this intrepid account, Davidson -- a member of the first team to climb Mt. McKinley in the winter -- discusses the personalities, weaknesses, courage, doubts and accomplishments of the unevenly matched members of the expedition. (ALA323, $19.95)

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)

Winterdance, The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Winterdance, The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod


by Gary Paulsen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A man and his dogs against 1,150 miles of icy wilderness in the dead of winter. Paulsen, a novice, survived the 17-day journey with his sense of humor intact. (ALA58, $15.00)

Alaska

Alaska


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 1073 PAGES

Michener tackles the 49th state in this rousing epic tale of men and wildlife on the frontier. (ALA56, $17.00)

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)

Klondike Tales

Klondike Tales


by Jack London

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

This collection of wilderness tales by famed American writer, journalist and playwright Jack London are hewn from the author's personal experiences in the Klondike gold rush. (ALA373, $12.95)

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)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $35.00)

Treasures of Alaska, Last Great American Wilderness

Treasures of Alaska, Last Great American Wilderness


by Michael Melford | Jeff Rennicke

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

A beautifully illustrated, magazine-style portrait of the Alaskan wilds in the National Geographic Destinations series. (ALA170, $15.00)

Alaska Birds

Alaska Birds


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A handy, 12-panel fold-up card illustrating the most commonly encountered birds of Alaska. (ALA207, $6.95)

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)

Marine Mammals of Alaska

Marine Mammals of Alaska


by Kate Wynne

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

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)

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