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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)

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)

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)

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 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)

 
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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

Bering, The Russian Discovery of America

Bering, The Russian Discovery of America


by Orcutt Frost

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 330 PAGES

The first modern biography of the great explorer and an excellent account of still little-known regions of Kamchatka and the Russian Far East. The author draws on new evidence to reinvigorate the life and adventures of the seafaring Dane. (SIB33, $35.00)

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)

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)

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, $17.00)

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)

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)

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)

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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