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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 Bear Tales

Alaska Bear Tales


by Larry Kaniut

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Presumably the stories of those who didn't buy and read Backcountry Bear Basics (BST195). These vivid tales are a reminder for the wilderness traveler: you can't be too safe out there! (ALA375, $18.99)

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, Reflections on Land and Spirit

Alaska, Reflections on Land and Spirit


by Robert Hedin | Gary Holthaus

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This rich anthology features selections by John Muir, John McPhee, Barry Lopez, and others on life in Alaska over the last 100 years. (ALA48, $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)

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)

Anchorage & Fairbanks Map

Anchorage & Fairbanks Map


by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

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

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land


by Subhankar Banerjee | Jimmy Carter

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This photographic tribute to the Alaskan Arctic is also an appeal for its preservation. (ALA201, $29.95)

Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance

Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance


by Stephen Herrero

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Despite its frightening title, this book is a helpful introduction to the natural history and behavior of the bear by a long-term researcher in the field. With useful tips on "avoidance." (BST21, $16.95)

Canada's Yukon and South Central Alaska Map

Canada's Yukon and South Central Alaska Map


by Coastal Cruise Tour Guides

  • 1998
  • MAP

Featuring handsome topographic maps that fold down into a booklet, this guide also includes sections on visitor attractions and highlights. With seven fold-out maps of Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, Denali National Park, Katmai and Kenai Peninsula. (ALA55, $15.95)

Collected Poems of Robert Service

Collected Poems of Robert Service


by Robert Service

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • HARD COVER
  • 756 PAGES

This omnibus edition includes Spell of the Yukon, Rhymes of a Red Cross Man and other celebrated poems, covering the master's career until 1940. (ALA284, $25.95)

The Cruelest Miles, The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

The Cruelest Miles, The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic


by Gay Salisbury | Laney Salisbury

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The gripping tale of the 1925 serum run from Seward to Nome, a tribute to the spirit and gumption of the dog drivers and sled dogs of Alaska. The authors bring the individual men, their dog teams and the conditions of early 20th-century backcountry Alaska to life in vivid detail. (ALA173, $15.95)

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)

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)

The Eskimo and the Oil Man

The Eskimo and the Oil Man


by Bob Reiss

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 305 PAGES

This book documents the struggle between cheap gas and pristine wilderness that is tearing apart many American communities through the story of an Eskimo mayor and a Shell executive in Alaska. (ALA369, $27.99)

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)

Fodor's Complete Alaska Cruises

Fodor's Complete Alaska Cruises


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining. (ALA371, $19.99)

Frommer's EasyGuide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call

Frommer's EasyGuide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call


by Frommer's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals. (ALA370, $10.95)

Glacier Bay National Park, A Backcountry Guide to the Glaciers and Beyond

Glacier Bay National Park, A Backcountry Guide to the Glaciers and Beyond


by Jim DuFresne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A slim guide to Glacier Bay for the adventurous traveler, with an abundance of good general information about geology, history and wildlife. It includes descriptions of major kayaking and hiking routes. (ALA127, $10.95)

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)

Kenai Peninsula Map

Kenai Peninsula Map


by Great Pacific Map Company

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful regional map and guide of the Kenai Peninsula, including Homer, Seward, Kenai Fjords and Kenai National Park at a scale of 1:475,000. (ALA208, $6.95)

The Last Polar Bear, Facing the Truth of a Warming World

The Last Polar Bear, Facing the Truth of a Warming World


by Steven Kazlowski

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Kazlowski's exquisite photographs celebrate the nature and wildlife of the Arctic coastal plain, documenting not just the polar bear but also walrus, beluga, bearded and spotted seal and Arctic fox. With accompanying essays. (ARC204, $39.95)

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)

Moon Handbook Alaska

Moon Handbook Alaska


by Deke Castleman | Don Pitcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

From whitewater rafting to hiking, this comprehensive guidebook is an excellent overview of the places, culture and nature of Alaska and the Yukon. (ALA90, $21.95)

My Heart on the Yukon River

My Heart on the Yukon River


by Monique Dykstra

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

Dykstra's illustrated chronicle of her adventures 2,000 miles across the Yukon and Alaska by canoe in 1993 includes 45 striking black-and-white portraits of the men, women and children she met along the way. (ALA372, $24.95)

National Geographic Alaska

National Geographic Alaska


by Robert S. Devine | Michael Melford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A compact guidebook by National Geographic with the usual visual attention to maps and color photography. Includes an excellent overview of history, nature, culture and attractions. (ALA228, $22.95)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights


by Calvin Hall | Daryl Pederson | George Bryson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These color photographs capture the dazzling majesty and mystery of the aurora borealis while journalist George Bryson provides a short essay on the history of the phenomenon. (ARC126, $19.99)

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis


by Lucy Jago

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon. (ARC104, $16.95)

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)

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)

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska


by Andy MacKinnon | Jim Pojar

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A terrific handbook to nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska. (PNW02, $24.95)

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)

Prince William Sound, West Map

Prince William Sound, West Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic map of Prince William Sound (including Chugach National Park) at a scale of 1:105,600. (ALA85, $11.95)

Salmon in the Trees, Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest

Salmon in the Trees, Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest


by Amy Gulick

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Wildlife photographer Gulick documents bears, wolves, whales and other creatures of the coastal Tongass and islands of Alaska. (ALA320, $29.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

That Fiend in Hell, Soapy Smith in Legend

That Fiend in Hell, Soapy Smith in Legend


by Catherine Holder Spude

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 276 PAGES

Drawing on new research, Alaskan historian Catherine Holder Spude exposes the myths and legends surrounding Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (1860-98), the infamous thief and gambler of the Klondike gold rush in Skagway, crowned "The Robin Hood of Alaska." (ALA374, $29.95)

Woodsong

Woodsong


by Gary Paulsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

A celebration of Paulsen's love of dog sledding and sled dogs, divided into a series of anecdotes followed by a day-by-day account of racing the Iditarod. (ALA209, $7.99)

 

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