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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)

Coming into the Country

Coming into the Country

by John McPhee

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 438 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • 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)

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)

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)

 
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)

Kenai Fjords Map

Kenai Fjords Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 1997
  • MAP

A durable, folded, topographic recreation map at a scale of 1:106,000, published in association with the National Geographic Society. (ALA314, $11.95)

Alaska Almanac

Alaska Almanac


by Alaska Northwest

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

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)

The Basic Book of Sea Kayaking

The Basic Book of Sea Kayaking


by Derek C. Hutchinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A brief guide to the fundamentals of sea kayaking by a leading authority -- a useful introduction for the beginner and a review for experienced paddlers. With 50 color illustrations. (OCE54, $12.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Denali: A Literary Anthology

Denali: A Literary Anthology


by Bill Sherwonit

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Sherwonit includes a chapter from Adolph Murie's marvelous A Naturalist in Alaska in this classic anthology, first published in 1998. (ALA290, $18.95)

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)

Grizzlies of Mount McKinley


by Adolphe Murie

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Murie's classic natural history, originally published in the 1940s, is still a marvelous, beautifully written portrait of the grizzly. (ALA194, $22.50)

The Wolves of Denali

The Wolves of Denali


by L. David Mech

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

In this illustrated monograph, Mech describes his work following 30 wolves over the past nine years. (ALA301, $27.50)

The Wolves of Mount McKinley

The Wolves of Mount McKinley


by Adolphe Murie

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

The companion book to Murie's classic account of the grizzly, drawn from decades of field work in the park and still an excellent introduction to the ecology of Denali. (ALA195, $22.50)

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)

Denali Wildlife: An Introduction to the Wildlife of Denali National Park & Denali State Park

Denali Wildlife: An Introduction to the Wildlife of Denali National Park & Denali State Park


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of 140 illustrations common species. (ALA319, $6.95)

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)

Marine Mammals of Alaska

Marine Mammals of Alaska


by Kate Wynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 75 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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)

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