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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)

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)

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)

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)

 
Prince William Sound Map, East

Prince William Sound Map, East


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic map of Prince William Sound, the eastern half at a scale of 1:105,600. (ALA159, $11.95)

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)

Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park Map

Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A folded, full-color map of Alaska's Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park with good topographic relief at a scale of 1:375,000. (ALA110, $11.95)

Alaska Almanac

Alaska Almanac


by Alaska Northwest

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES
  • FAMILY

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)

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'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)

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)

Blonde Indian, An Alaska Native Memoir

Blonde Indian, An Alaska Native Memoir


by Ernestine Hayes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Hayes's remarkable family saga weaves Tlingit oral history, the natural history of the region and poignant tales of growing up native in Juneau. (ALA239, $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, $14.95)

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)

White Sky, Black Ice

White Sky, Black Ice


by Stan Jones

  • MYSTERY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

In this first rate murder mystery state trooper Nathan Active returns to Chukchi from Anchorage to confront a memorable cast of characters -- and figure out why two young men have killed themselves. (ALA164, $14.00)

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, 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)

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)

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)

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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