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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.

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Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams

by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place. (ARC11, $16.95)

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, $14.95)

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)

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)

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'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)

Inside Passage Route Planning Map, Northern British Columbia & Southeast Alaska

Inside Passage Route Planning Map, Northern British Columbia & Southeast Alaska


by Fine Edge Nautical Publishing

  • 2006
  • MAP

At a scale of 1:634,000, this gloriously colored, accordian-fold map by Don and Reanne Douglass covers the Inside Passage from Bella Bella and Shearwater north to Southeast Alaska, including the Queen Charlotte Islands and Glacier Bay. (ALA267, $19.95)

Alaska By Cruise Ship

Alaska By Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • 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, $19.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

About This Life, Journeys on the Threshold of Memory

About This Life, Journeys on the Threshold of Memory


by Barry Lopez

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

A collection of essays on far-flung travels -- both actual and internal -- by the wonderful writer and traveler. Lopez includes Galapagos, Hokkaido, Bonaire and Antarctica among the thoughtful essays. (GEN42, $16.00)

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)

Outside, Six Short Stories

Outside, Six Short Stories


by Barry Moser | Barry Lopez

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 111 PAGES

Much like his nonfiction, Lopez's fiction heavily features the natural world, from the landscapes of the Mojave Desert to the sights and sounds of the heron. Includes black-and-white engravings by Barry Moser. (NAT293, $18.95)

The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced: A Century of Change, 1899-2001

The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced: A Century of Change, 1899-2001


by Thomas S. Litwin | David Rockefeller

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

A wide-ranging selection of articles on the history, culture and ecology of Alaska, with contributions from William Cronon, Kim Heacox and Richard Nelson. (ALA199, $29.95)

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)

Crossing Open Ground

Crossing Open Ground


by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Lopez wanders through Alaska and the American Southwest, recording thoughts and digressions on endangered wildlife and our relationship with nature in this compilation of essays. (USA562, $15.00)

Heart and Blood, Living With Deer in America

Heart and Blood, Living With Deer in America


by Richard Nelson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Nelson traipses across the country (from the Alaskan coast to a Texas hunting ranch to a Wisconsin forest) in this exploration of our uneasy relationship with deer. An enthusiastic and uncommon homage to a common animal. (BST238, $21.00)

Home Ground, Language for an American Landscape

Home Ground, Language for an American Landscape


by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Edited by Barry Lopez, each of the 850 crisp entries by Gretel Ehrlich (Wyoming), William Kittredge (Montana), Terry Tempest Williams (Colorado Plateau) and other luminaries deftly describes a physical feature of American geography, from a'a (Hawaii's rough lava flows) to aquifer, canyon, slough, wharf and woodlot. Revised edition. (USW488, $18.95)

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 Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale

The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale


by Frank Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

In this well-chosen series of essays, some of our best modern writers enlighten and entertain on the subject of whales, with pieces from Roger Payne, Diane Ackerman, and Barry Lopez. (BST02, $15.95)

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)

Guide to the Birds of Alaska

Guide to the Birds of Alaska


by Robert Armstrong

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

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

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)

Northwest Field Guide, Inside Passage to Glacier Bay

Northwest Field Guide, Inside Passage to Glacier Bay


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

This seven-panel, folded and laminated card is an easy-to-carry identification guide to fish, marine and land mammals, sea and shore birds. (PNW211, $6.95)

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