New and Old, These are Alaska Books You Need!
For some, Alaska books are a way to step back in time and experience a bit of what the early Pioneers did. For others, taking a break from reality and connecting to another culture is what they're looking for. Alaska books also offer a way to hear about the extreme peril that many Alaskans have found themselves in, which often celebrates human triumph over great adversity. Whatever style of adventure you're looking for, these Alaska books are sure to please! Get to reading!*DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE LIST HERE*
I am looking for the title of a book I read back in the 80s while working in the Arctic; the first person account of a young man who heads to the Arctic coast near demarcation bay to pan for gold. He and an older partner go by dogsled from Nome. Toward the end of the first summer the two have a falling out. As a result, the young man, not knowing exactly where he is, decides to head back to his home in Nome with one of the sleds. Because he has no way to navigate, he decides to follow the coast, from the Canadian border, around point barrow, and south to Nome, in winter, alone. Along the way he nearly starves and at one point he winds up spending Christmas in Barrow with Charlie Brower. It’s an amazing story of luck and determination. I had borrowed the book from a UAF grad student, and gave it back. I’d love to get the title and read that again. Any help greatly appreciated.
I have been reading many books about Wolves in Yellowstone National Park and people who have made a life for themselves in Alaska living off grid. Please if anyone wants to learn about living life off the grid in Alaska you have to read Dolly Faulkners three books (1) 40 Years in the Wilderness (2) My Wilderness My Home (3) Still Kickn in the Wilderness
She gives her contact information at the end of the book and she will return any letters you may write.
I published my memoir, “True North, Hunting Fossils Under the Midnight Sun” (2017), to document my unusual and adventure-filled life as a paleontologist who spent thirty-four summers in the Alaska bush. Prior to that, I had spent most of two years working on oil platforms in Cook Inlet to pay for my PhD in geology. In my experience, I have a unique and unusual take on Alaska that I have not read anywhere else and that I believe your readers would appreciate.
My book won a Bronze Medal in the Adventure category in a national competition put on by Foreword Reviews, the principal venue for reviews of independently published books. In addition, it was a finalist (one of six) in the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2017, (Memoir category), and was very favorably reviewed for the 2017 Booklife Prize (Memoir/Autobiography category). My book also went on to become an Amazon #1 Best Seller in the Polar Travel category. I have no doubt that your readership would enjoy my tales of accomplishment and adventure in The Last Frontier.
In my chosen field of paleontology I studied fossil mollusks of the past sixty-five million years, conducting field investigations in Southeastern Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula and on the North Slope. I worked and published at the national and international level and my most prominent discovery was solving the age-old mystery of Bering’s Strait’s age. In addition, my field party in 1984 unearthed the North Slope dinosaurs that have since become so famous. Much of my work focused on deciphering past climates of the Arctic, based on fieldwork in Alaska, Siberia and northernmost Canada.
Even after my career was largely over, in 2017 I realized that a river in one of my former field areas on the Alaska Peninsula had never been named. I went through the official federal and State of Alaska procedures and named the Spirit River, which is in the vicinity of Port Moller on the Bering Sea coast. In some ways it felt like a capstone to my long and fortuitous career in Alaska.
I am pleased to say that my memoir has garnered a number of favorable reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com. I hope that you will consider adding my memoir to your already stellar list of Must-Read Alaska books.
Would love to find a novel I read when I lived in Fairbanks, was only a novel but it was about Fairbanks during and maybe after the “Pipeline era,” Don’t even remember name of novel, but it was kind of a mystery.
One of my favorite non-fictions was “Going to Extremes”
Another great book is 50 YEARS BELOW ZERO, Charles Browers story.
For anyone interested in the military’s critical historic role in Alaska and Far North diplomacy, I recommend my three vol narrative, ‘A History of Alaska: [Aurora’s Sentinel] Academica (2018).
Just change Kristin’s last name from Hall to Hannah. Dailey’s book came out in 1986 and is a fantastic epic of Alaska’s history.
I am looking for a book I read 20-30 years ago. I thought the title was Alaska Adventure. It would have been written before 1970. It was about surveying the Canada-Alaska lower peninsula border based on the British-Russian agreement. I think the Surveyor/Author was from Seattle. Bear encounters, and a brief story about how the Dall sheep was named, and much more… Does anyone know of such a book? please email me. Rod email@example.com
You missed " The Great Alone" by Janet Dailey! You have another novel by the same name by Kristin Hall, Dailey’s book is an epic of the Tlingits and the Alaska settlers – both Russian and American. – and I fell in love with it as I prepare for my own trip to Alaska . Please add it to the top of your list! Thanks – Kay
I’m searching for an old book titled Caught in the Wild. It is set in Alaska, about gold mines, survival, and a love story. I don’t know the author or publisher and the tattered copy I have is missing the last chapter or two. Can you help me locate this most likely out of print book?
Hi Ilene, I did a search for the title and its available on Amazon from a third party seller for not a lot of money. I hope that helps
Hi Alaskana Raven Books! I’ve made a downloadable list here at this link: http://bit.ly/2O85QPI
Hi Cheryl! I’ve made a downloadable list here at this link: http://bit.ly/2O85QPI
I’ve created a downloadable file for you here:
I spent five years in a village outside Bethel and was REALLY impressed with how well author K.A. Tucker nailed modern time rural Alaska in her romantic novel The Simple Wild. I felt like I was right back in the village.
I agree totally with The Great Alone- also a book that really makes it feel like you are there; and would add The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
How can we print out just The Titles? Thanks for great list!
Are these books on a list that can be printed out?
Did I miss it?
Would like to print out your list of books suggested.
You left out one of the earliest and famous Alaskan writer……Rex Beach
Please check your title.
Are you talking about the book by G. O. Young?
No offense meant by my question and statement.
I think you should include Ordinary Wolves and Shopping For Porcupine by Seth Kantner. Also loved The Wisdom Keeper by Ilarion Merculieff.
Two Crows Came, The Snow Child, Julie of the Wolves, The Year of Miss Agnes—great books, all!
For a bit of great humor: “ Fashion Means Your Fur Hat is Dead” by Mike Doogan
I loved your Grandfathers book when they first came out many years ago, we had a house fire and I lost over 2000 books I had collected over the years, your Grandfathers books were among them, I have been meaning to get the whole set again, but just have not done it yet. Is your Grandfather still around? If he is let him know I became a better cook because of him, and laughed at all his tales about being a Law Man in Alaska.
OMG, You missed some of the best! Songs of the Soudough: poems of Robert W. Service: Touching the Clouds, by Bonnie Leon: Treasures of the North, by Tracie Peterson: The Moose Jaw Book I, II, III, by Mike Delany: White Fang, by Jack London: The Sea-Wolf, by Jack London: (And the granddaddy of them all) Tales of the North by Jack London
Champion of Alaskan Huskies: Joe Redington Sr. Father of the Iditarod. Is about the beginning of the Iditarod.