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Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
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“Terrifying. . . . Eloquent. . . . A heart-rending drama of human yearning.” —The New York Times   “A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a... (read more)

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Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
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"It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." -Entertainment... (read more)

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Coming Into the Country
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
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When Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, eighty million acres were flagged as possible national park land. Field expeditions were tasked with recording what was contained in these vast acres. Under this decree, five men... (read more)

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Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure
Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure
by Edward Hoagland
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Thirty years ago, celebrated American writer Edward Hoagland, in his early fifties and already with a dozen acclaimed books under his belt, had a choice: a midlife crisis or a midlife adventure. He chose the adventure. Pencil and notebook at the ready... (read more)

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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
by Richard L Proenneke
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This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by... (read more)

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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen
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I read Winterdance while camping in the mountains of eastern Oregon when it was cold, very cold (though I was snug and warm in my sleeping bag), but I was glad to not be experiencing the Arctic climes in the book. Gary Paulsen describes cold and snow the... (read more)

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Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now
Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now
by C. B. Bernard
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Alaska looms as a mythical, savage place, part nature preserve, part theme park, too vast to understand fully. Which is why C.B. Bernard lashed his canoe to his truck and traded the comforts of the Lower 48 for a remote island and a career as a reporter.... (read more)

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The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
by Howard Blum
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It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures – gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen –are now... (read more)

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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 Lig Hensley
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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE Born twenty-nine miles north of the arctic circle, William L. Iggiagruk Hensley was raised to live the seminomadic life that his Iñupiaq ancestors had lived for thousands of years.  In this... (read more)

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Coming Into the Country
Coming Into the Country
by John Mcphee
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Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with... (read more)

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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
by Heather Lende
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“Part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott…NPR commentator Heather Lende…subtly remind[s] readers to embrace each day, each opportunity, each life that touches our own and to note the beauty of it all.” Los Angeles... (read more)

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Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore
Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore
by Nancy Lord
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Stories and legends of Native peoples, and anecdotes about past and current residents, are woven throughout descriptions of flora and fauna and a couple's adventures during the salmon fishing season near Cook Inlet, Alaska. Includes b&w illustrations.... (read more)

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The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
by Douglas Brinkley
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A riveting history of America's most beautiful natural resources, The Quiet World documents the heroic fight waged by the U.S. federal government from 1879 to 1960 to save wild Alaska — Mount McKinley, the Tongass and Chugach national forests... (read more)

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Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
by Miranda Weiss
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"Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow is beautifully poetic, her observations are expansive, and the pace and rhythm in which she writes are perfect.” — Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica "Tide, Feather, Snow is about... (read more)

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The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
by James Campbell
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"What makes this more than just a profile of a fascinating personality is Campbell's deft weaving of Alaskan history into Korth's tale."andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;... (read more)

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Two in the Far North
Two in the Far North
by Margaret E Murie
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Swedish missionary Albin Johnson arrived in Alaska just before the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of miles from home and with just two weeksand#8217; worth of English classes under his belt. While he intended to work among the Tlingit tribes of... (read more)

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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 and Laney Salisbury
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When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn't fly... (read more)

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The Last Frontier: Incredible Tales of Survival, Exploration, and Adventure from Alaska Magazine
The Last Frontier: Incredible Tales of Survival, Exploration, and Adventure from Alaska Magazine
by Jill Shepherd
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"The tales are as diverse as the writers themselves. A noteworthy addition to any travel collection owing to the unique nature and diversity of the material."--The Library Journal... (read more)

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Slick as a Mitten: Ezra Meeker's Klondike Enterprise
Slick as a Mitten: Ezra Meeker's Klondike Enterprise
by Dennis Larsen
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Ezra Meeker braved the Oregon Trail in 1852 and accumulated a fortune in the Puyallup hop-growing business. Suddenly, at the dawn of the new century, he lost his wealth, and despite his advanced age, ventured to Alaska and the treacherous Klondike. Four... (read more)

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An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past
An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past
by Stephen W Haycox
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Twenty-five selected articles trace Alaska's history from the days of Russian-American Company domination to the more recent threat of nuclear testing by the Atomic Energy Commission and the influence of oil money on inexperienced politicians. About... (read more)

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