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Insight Guide Alaska

Insight Guide Alaska

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With hundreds of photos and maps, this guide features concise essays by well-regarded authors on nature, history, peoples and culture. (ALA42, $24.99)

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)

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)

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 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)

 
Alaska Explorer Map

Alaska Explorer Map


by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2002
  • MAP

An informative, well-illustrated map of Alaska and Russia's Chukotka Peninsula at a scale of 1:3,800,000, geared to cruise and expedition travelers in the region. (ALA153, $11.95)

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)

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve Map

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

This folded, full-color map covers Glacier Bay and the surrounding area (1:94,000), including Chichagof Island and the Alexander Archipelago. (ALA112, $11.95)

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Map

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A durable, folded, topographic recreation map of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (ALA33, $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 By Cruise Ship

Alaska By Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide to ports of call, excursions and sightseeing from Seattle to Anchorage. With a short overview of the culture, nature and history of Alaska, a full-color pull-out map and excellent town maps. (ALA125, $21.95)

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)

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)

Make Prayers to the Raven, A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest

Make Prayers to the Raven, A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest


by Richard Nelson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

Weaving his travels with history, ethnography and nature, Nelson writes movingly of the traditional ways of life of Alaska's Koyukon, the Athabaskan people living in northern Alaska. (ALA59, $25.00)

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 Floor of Heaven, A True Tale of the American West and the Yukon Gold Rush

The Floor of Heaven, A True Tale of the American West and the Yukon Gold Rush


by Howard Blum

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Through the eyes of a trio of fascinating historical characters -- a Pinkerton detective, a confidence man and a prospector-turned-tycoon -- the Edgar Award-winning Howard Blum explores the dreams that drove men to the Alaskan Frontier, the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. A tale almost too good to be true. (ALA341, $16.00)

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)

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast


by Hilary Stewart

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 111 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A concise, illustrated overview of the diverse art produced by the peoples of the Pacific Northwest. It focuses on the spiritual and cultural meaning of common motifs that characterize the rich art of the area. (PNW06, $17.95)

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)

Where the Sea Breaks Its Back

Where the Sea Breaks Its Back


by Corey Ford

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 206 PAGES

Ford paints a vivid portrait of Georg Steller and his first encounters with the wildlife of Kamchatka, the Bering Sea and Alaska in this gripping tale of discovery and hardship on Bering's Great Nordic Expedition of 1741. (ALA07, $16.99)

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)

Fifty Miles from Tomorrow, A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People

Fifty Miles from Tomorrow, A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People


by William L. Hensley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hensley writes across the arc of his remarkable life from growing up as a young man north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of Kotzebue Sound to his work on the landmark Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to his time in the Alaska senate. (ALA333, $16.00)

Into the Wild

Into the Wild


by Jon Krakauer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Krakauer leaves no stone unturned in this gripping account of his investigation into the real life story of a young man who searches for experience, wilderness and self only to meet his end in the wilds north of Mt. McKinley (ALA52, $14.95)

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)

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)

Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life

Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life


by Nancy Lord

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

A former Alaska Writer Laureate, Lord muses on the wildlife and landscapes, the cultures and communities that make up the vast northern state in this atmospheric paean to her adopted homeland. (ALA360, $17.95)

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)

Guide to the Birds of Alaska

Guide to the Birds of Alaska


by Robert Armstrong

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A handsome photographic introduction to Alaskan birds, illustrating all 443 species. (ALA09, $27.95)

The Great Alaska Nature Factbook

The Great Alaska Nature Factbook


by Susan Ewing

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Perfect for Alaska-bound families, this new edition of Ewing's pocket encyclopedia gathers facts and figures on the 49th state's natural history, with short illustrated essays on everything from murrelets to volcanoes, bears and salmon. (ALA28, $14.95)

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

Now in a paper edition, 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, $32.50)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Scats and Tracks of Alaska

Scats and Tracks of Alaska


by James C. Halfpenny

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 146 PAGES

A pocket identification guide to 69 common species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, each with detailed black-and-white illustrations by Todd Telander. (ALA345, $9.95)

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