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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 Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen

The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen

by Stephen R. Bown

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Bown plumbs newspaper archives, Amundsen's own words and contemporary accounts for this tale of the unusual and hugely accomplished explorer, first to the South Pole, first across both the Northeast and Northwest passages and a pioneer of polar aviation. (ANT369, $17.99)

The Man Who Ate His Boots

The Man Who Ate His Boots

by Anthony Brandt

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

The enthralling tale of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, the Holy Grail of 19th-century British exploration. (ARC246, $16.95)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

by E.C. Pielou

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

A primer on Arctic climate, geography, plants, birds, mammals and insects in a single nicely written book. It's a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North. (ARC03, $22.00)

 
Canada Map

Canada Map


by Hallwag

  • 2012
  • MAP

Scaled at 1:4,000,000, this highly detailed map of all Canada provides exceptional coverage of the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and the northern US. The Distoguide feature reveals distances between major cities. (CND15, $11.95)

What We Know About Climate Change

What We Know About Climate Change


by Kerry Emanuel

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 85 PAGES

MIT atmospheric scientist Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate. This second edition covers the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue. (GEO46, $16.95)

Arctic Crossing, A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture

Arctic Crossing, A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture


by Jonathan Waterman

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A riveting account of a 2,200 mile solo journey across the Arctic from Prudhoe Bay to the Gulf of Boothia by kayak, accomplished in stages from 1997-1999. (ARC98, $16.95)

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon


by Michael Engelhard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This meticulous cultural narrative examines over 8,000 years of polar bear history, showing the many forms the powerful, elusive animal has taken. Whether spirit guide, enemy or symbol of ecological crisis, Engelhard argues, the ice bear has always loomed large in the human imagination. (ARC360, $29.95)

Who Owns the Arctic?, Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North

Who Owns the Arctic?, Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North


by Michael Byers

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 179 PAGES

Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the trillions of dollars of oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean? A leading Arctic expert and international lawyer, Byers clearly and concisely explains the sometimes contradictory rules governing the division and protection of the Arctic in this timely little primer. (ARC276, $22.95)

A History of Arctic Exploration

A History of Arctic Exploration


by Juha Nurminen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 349 PAGES

The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation. (ARC257, $60.00)

Arctic Ambitions, Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

Arctic Ambitions, Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage


by James K. Barnett

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

This collection of scholarly essays uses artifacts, charts and records of encounters with native peoples to measure Captain Cook's lasting influence in the northern Pacific and the Arctic. (ARC334, $54.95)

Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage


by Glyn Williams

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Drawing on letters, archives and explorer accounts, Williams charts the full sweep of the history of discovery and the quest for the Northwest Passage. (ARC254, $28.95)

Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition


by Owen Beattie | John Geiger

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An exhaustive examination of the evidence surrounding the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition. Beattie and Geiger, a forensic anthropologist and historian, build a credible tale of the disappearance of the expedition. (ARC81, $17.95)

Historical Atlas of the Arctic

Historical Atlas of the Arctic


by Derek Hayes

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A handsome collection of 300 striking maps covering five centuries of Arctic exploration, most in glorious color and many presented here for the first time. Hayes provides captivating, scholarly commentary. (ARC135, $65.00)

Ice Ghosts, The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Ice Ghosts, The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition


by Paul Watson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Shedding light on Arctic exploration's greatest mystery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson describes the fate of the 1845 Franklin Expedition that was lost in the Canadian Arctic until 2014. (ARC363, $27.95)

In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette


by Hampton Sides

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Outside magazine editor Hampton Sides brings to life the colorful characters that launched the expedition of the USS Jeannette into unknown polar regions. George Washington De Long and crew set off for the "Polar Grail," but when their ship is crushed in the Arctic floes, the explorers must venture across ice fields in hopes of finding rescue in remote Siberia. (ARC327, $16.95)

The Last Gentleman Adventurer

The Last Gentleman Adventurer


by Edward Beauclerk Maurice | Lawrence Millman

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Maurice's poignant tale of coming-of-age with the Hudson Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic during the 1930s. Posted to Pangnirtung as a remarkably unlikely 17-year-old recruit, Maurice grew into a man with the fur traders and Inuit of Baffin Island, earning the name of Issumatak (One Who Thinks). (ARC173, $14.95)

The Voyage of the Narwhal

The Voyage of the Narwhal


by Andrea Barrett

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A gripping work of historical imagination in the form of a 19th-century account of Arctic exploration. It's Barrett's evocative tale of a Philadelphia naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, who sets out on a foolhardy mission in search of the Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic. (ARC40, $14.95)

Voyages of Discovery

Voyages of Discovery


by David Boyle

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Splendidly illustrated in color, this compact chronicle of the golden age of European exploration (1492-1522) traces the voyages of Columbus, Magellan and others to Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. Facsimile documents include ships' logs, drawings by explorers and letters home. (EXP90, $24.95)

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage


by Kathleen Winter

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The appropriately named Kathleen Winter depicts her journey from Greenland to Baffin Island through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage, paying homage to the storied landscape as she learns about the past, present and future of the Arctic. (ARC354, $16.95)

The Frozen Frontier, Polar Bound Through the Northwest Passage

The Frozen Frontier, Polar Bound Through the Northwest Passage


by Jane Maufe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

This charming and captivating account of sailing the Northwest Passage focuses on the author's partnership wtih boat captain David Scott Cowper and their exploits in High Arctic navigation. (ARC365, $28.00)

The Last Imaginary Place

The Last Imaginary Place


by Robert McGhee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, McGhee combines a lifetime of field work, ethnography and travel in this illuminating account of the human history of the Arctic. (ARC164, $18.00)

The Other Side of the Ice, One Family's Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage

The Other Side of the Ice, One Family's Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage


by Sprague Theobald

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

In this moving narrative by world-class sailor Sprague Theobald, the explorer chronicles his harrowing journey through the Northwest Passage. Fifteen years after an ugly divorce, Theobald reunites his children and tests the strength of their family in a haunting landscape of ice, polar bears and storms. (ARC341, $16.99)

Arctic Drift

Arctic Drift


by Clive Cussler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

What with international incidents, breakthrough technology to solve global warming and a 19th century expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, Dirk Pitt and his son have their hands full in this 20th chilling installment in the series. (ARC247, $9.99)

Inukshuk

Inukshuk


by Gregory Spatz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A poignant tale of a young man's descent into loneliness and obsession, Spatz's book weaves together modern family drama with the enduring history of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated voyage to find the Northwest Passage. (ARC311, $14.95)

The Surfacing

The Surfacing


by Cormac James

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

In this tense and inventive novel, a naval explorer discovers a life-changing secret: a woman has hidden below decks and she is pregnant with his son. In the icy grip of the Northwest Passage, his ship presses feverishly toward safety. (ARC344, $16.95)

Polar Bears

Polar Bears


by Ian Stirling

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A tribute to the polar bear by a preeminent researcher, this handsome natural history features outstanding color photographs and detailed chapters on biology, distribution, behavior, study, conservation and lore. (ARC58, $40.00)

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife


by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea. (ARC85, $23.99)

The Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage


by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Soper draws on his many years exploring polar regions for this illustrated natural history, covering both exploration and wildlife with aplomb. (ARC312, $23.99)

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