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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, $7.95)

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)

Denali: A Literary Anthology

Denali: A Literary Anthology

by Bill Sherwonit

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A wonderful collection of 23 stories on the Denali Park area organized thematically: native history, early explorations, mountaineering, natural history and modern adventure. (ALA290, $18.95)

Moon Anchorage, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula

Moon Anchorage, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula

by Don Pitcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

A practical guide to Denali and the Kenai, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history. With full-color maps and photos throughout. (ALA391, $19.99)

Denali National Park and Preserve Map

Denali National Park and Preserve Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A durable, fold-up topographic map of Denali and surroundings at a scale of 1:225,000. (ALA88, $11.95)

 
Anchorage & Fairbanks Map

Anchorage & Fairbanks Map


by Rand McNally Maps

  • 2010
  • MAP

A street map of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. (ALA156, $5.99)

Katmai National Park & Preserve Map 248

Katmai National Park & Preserve Map 248


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2001
  • MAP

A folded, full-color topographic map of Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve at a scale of 1:272,000. Printed on tear-proof, water-resistant tyvek. (ALA111, $11.95)

Denali National Park

Denali National Park


by Ike Waits

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A resident of Anchorage since 1974, Waits offers all the tools and insight you'll need to photograph, camp and explore Denali. (ALA330, $21.95)

Insight Guide Alaska

Insight Guide Alaska


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • 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)

Moon Spotlight Denali National Park

Moon Spotlight Denali National Park


by Don Pitcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 55 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Denali National Park and the surrounding area. (ALA383, $6.99)

The Joy of Nature Photography, 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos

The Joy of Nature Photography, 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos


by Steve Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Prolific nature photographer Steve Price shares technical know-how and case studies designed to help both amateurs and pros take their photography to the next level. (PHT54, $14.99)

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)

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve


by Shelby Carpenter

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

In this brief history of Denali National Park, historian Shelby Carpenter discusses the native populations that lived there, how white settlers arrived en masse in the 1890s, climbing Denali today and much more. A concise primer in the Images of America series. (ALA412, $21.99)

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
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Drawing on interviews, lost documents and radio recordings, this gripping chronicle follows the 1967 climbing expedition that saw 12 men ascend Denali and only five return. (ALA378, $16.00)

In the Shadow of Denali

In the Shadow of Denali


by Jonathan Waterman

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A mountaineering classic, Waterman's exhilarating account of doomed expeditions, solo ascents, the great Brad Washburn and many others documents the extraordinary power of North America's highest mountain. (ALA308, $16.95)

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, $15.00)

One Man's Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey

One Man's Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey


by Richard Proenneke | Sam Keith

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Proenneke's true story of quitting everything and heading for what is now Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in South Central Alaska, reconstructed by Sam Keith from Proenneke's journals. An Alaskan favorite, first published in 1973. (ALA328, $16.95)

A Deeper Sleep, A Kate Shugak Novel

A Deeper Sleep, A Kate Shugak Novel


by Dana Stabenow

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

A shocking tale about a man who gets away with murder -- or does he? Anchorage P.I. Kate Shugak is on the trail of an acquitted murderer who she believes to be guilty in this thrilling mystery. (ALA265, $7.99)

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, $18.00)

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, $21.99)

Jimmy Bluefeather

Jimmy Bluefeather


by Kim Heacox

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Still in love with Alaska and Arctic chill, Kim Heacox penned this novel in which near-centenarian canoe carver Keb Wisting takes his grandson on a final journey into the wild. (ALA390, $16.99)

A Naturalist in Alaska

A Naturalist in Alaska


by Adolphe Murie

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Engaging, informative stories of wildlife encounters and observations by Denali's premier naturalist. Murie writes with wide-eyed wonder at the cycle of animal life in Denali in this charming account, first published in 1961 and still an excellent introduction to the park. (ALA44, $21.95)

Alaska Range, Exploring the Last Great Wild

Alaska Range, Exploring the Last Great Wild


by Carl Battreall

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER

Setting a rich context for the mountainous wilderness of Alaska, this collection of photographs and essays contains work by Alaskan writers and adventurers who touch upon geology, exploration, botany and history. (ALA397, $29.95)

Alaska Wildlife, Through the Seasons

Alaska Wildlife, Through the Seasons


by Tom Walker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Photographer, wilderness guide and log-home builder Tom Walker depicts the best of Alaskan wildlife, from the common ground squirrel to wolverines, bald eagles, Dall sheep and grizzlies, in this collection of portraits. His beautiful photos are complemented by insightful captions. (ALA388, $16.95)

Into Brown Bear Country

Into Brown Bear Country


by Will Troyer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Filled with up-close photographs, this is an excellent introduction to the brown bears of Kodiak and Katmai, mixing natural history with the author's own experiences studying and photographing bears for nearly 50 years. (ALA222, $24.95)

Rhythm of the Wild, A Life Inspired by Alaska's Denali National Park

Rhythm of the Wild, A Life Inspired by Alaska's Denali National Park


by Kim Heacox

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Part memoir, part impassioned call for more conservation efforts, this companion to Heacox's The Only Kayak (ALA230) explores his inspired connection with Denali National Park. (ALA385, $25.95)

Where Water Is Gold

Where Water Is Gold


by Carl Johnson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

In this coffee-table compendium, Johnson's photographs bring to light the struggle between developers and ecologists in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay. An impassioned call for conservation. (ALA389, $24.95)

Alaska Birds

Alaska Birds


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, 12-panel fold-up card illustrating the most commonly encountered birds of Alaska. (ALA207, $7.95)

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, $16.95)

Wildflowers of Denali National Park

Wildflowers of Denali National Park


by Verna Pratt | Frank G. Pratt

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 166 PAGES

A compact guide to wildflowers of Denali, organized by color and featuring large color photographs along with handy checklists. With an overview of good spots within the park to appreciate plants. (ALA75, $16.95)

Wild Alaska

Wild Alaska


by National Geographic

  • FILM
  • 2013
  • DVD

National Geographic takes viewers along Alaska's rugged coasts focusing on its wildlife, and how wild creatures survive the harsh winter. Runtime: 45 minutes. (ALA392, $24.95)

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