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My 30 Years as an Alaska News Photographer

by Jim Lavrakas

Snap Decisions is an illustrated memoir of a raw but talented "street shooter" who chases ambulances in pursuit of sorrow and grief before maturing into a veteran photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. In his three decades Jim Lavrakas covered the mighty and the meek, traveling across Alaska photographing an astonishing diversity of people, places, and lifestyles from the waning years of the oil boom to the rise of Sarah Palin.
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Other JOURNALISM books recommended
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story
When Sarah Palin Came to Town
Write Hard, Die Free

Four Decades of News Photography from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

by Barry Sweet

A Seattle-based photo-journalist for the Associated Press for nearly 40 years, Barry Sweet shot 100,000 pictures during his career. They capture split seconds of human emotion inspired by momentous events while offering a longer view of the unrelenting change overtaking the Pacific Northwest. Split Seconds is an historic and nostalgic collection of 160 of the best of Sweet's photos, with personal notes from the photographer.
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History and travel guide detailing the
notoriety and current standing of Alaskan Bars

by Doug Vandegraft

Alaskan bars stand head and shoulders above bars in the rest of the United States. A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska details the rich history and atmosphere of the many noteworthy Alaskan bars, based on Vandegraft's 14 years of research. Many of these bars have been around since the end of Prohibition in 1933, and have gained legendary repute in their communities and beyond. These bars have become integral to Alaskan culture: today, some Alaskan bars even double as community centers or churches. Despite stricter laws regarding alcohol sale and consumption, Alaska's bars remain notorious.
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by Aurel Krause, translated by Erna Gunther
Introduction by Dee Longenbaugh

This rare, fascinating study of the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska was conducted prior to significant cultural influence of Europeans. Aurel Krause and her brother documented their observations in 1881-82, portraying many aspects of Tlingit life: geography, kinship system, villages and household life, subsistence, arts and crafts, customs, mythology and shamanism, and language.
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Other NATIVE AMERICAN books recommended
Cold River Spirits
Eskimo Star
On the Edge of Nowhere
Raising Ourselves
Red Thunder
Two Old Women

An NBA Role Model's Road to Stardom, Setbacks, and Comebacks

by Dan Raley

Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports writer Dan Raley follows basketball standout Brandon Roy from Seattle's Garfield High School to the University of Washington and then to the NBA. Roy is a role model who plays hard, respects the game, and is squeaky clean--no drugs, no alcohol, no trouble with the law. Everybody's mother loves him.
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Other SPORTS books recommended
Iditarod Classics
Yukon Quest

Memoir of a 20th Century Master Mariner

J. Holger Christensen as told to Vaughn Sherman

A native of Nome, Alaska, Holger Christensen joined the exclusive fraternity of "master mariners" - skilled seamen licensed to operate any vessel, anywhere in the world. Raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Christensen sailed to distant lands as a mariner and ship captain in World War II before returning home to challenge the unforgiving waters of the Gulf of Alaska.
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Other MARITIME books recommended
A Fish Out of Water
Alaska Blues
Bering Sea Blues
Sunken Klondike Gold

Red Thunder

by David Matheson

Steeped in authentic cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, this rich and wonderful historical novel follows the times and trials of a family band of the Schiítsuíumsh Indians, now called the Coeur díAlene Tribe in northern Idaho. Through a boy named Sun Bear and his sister, Rainbow Girl, the bandís oral stories are told as it struggles to hold onto what is precious and sacred about life.
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Fast Hands

by John Pappenheimer

Fast Hands begins when a youthful adventure goes awry--it turns out that there are serious consequences for breaking into large yachts. When a Seattle judge gives 16-year- old Gus Pedersen an unwelcome choice between spending time in a juvenile facility and fishing with his uncle in Alaska, Gus heads north. However, after only two days on his uncle's boat, Gus is already thinking about jumping ship. Gus drives himself crazy wondering what could have saved him from being sent to fish with three old Norwegians who think a 19-hour workday is normal. Fishing on the fringe of civilization begins to change Gus, forcing him to grow up fast. He realizes that if anything had gone differently, he never would have met Claire, who is running from troubles of her own.
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The Great & Terrible 1964 Alaska Earthquake

by Lew Freedman

For more than five hellish minutes on March 27, 1964, residents of Alaska's southcentral region held on for dear life as the ground rose and shifted as much as 14 feet in North America's most powerful earthquake ever. It leveled waterfronts, collapsed bridges, crumbled landscapes, and wrecked lives. Alaskans who survived the 9.2 earthquake share their stories of tragedy, heroism, and community.
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Other HISTORY books recommended
Good Time Girls
North to Alaska
Sunken Klondike Gold
Two Gold Coins & a Prayer

Gwich'in Indian Storyteller, a Southern Doctor, a Wild Corner of Alaska

J. Michael Holloway

The true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wilds of northeast Alaska.
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Other MEMOIRS recommended
Arctic Bush Pilot
Going to Extremes
Moments Rightly Placed
Surviving the Island of Grace
Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon


Harry Walker

Combining quirky stories, eccentric characters, and more than 100 color photos, Harry Walker takes you on a journey in search of the quintessential Alaska hothouse. This is a newly released paperback edition of a long-time Alaska bestseller.
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Other TRAVEL books recommended
Alaska Travelers Sketchbook
Fly Fishing Women
Surviving Alaska
Mommy, Are We French Yet

A Mile-by-Mile Guide

Joe Upton

For 20 years a commercial fisherman and journalist on the Northwest coast, Joe Upton assembles in this lavish guide many stories, more than 300 photos, and numerous maps--all the information a traveler needs for a fun and exciting Alaska cruise. Sections include information about the people, shore excursions, and wildlife viewing.
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Companion pull-out map and DVD
Explore Alaska


Jan Steinbright

An enchanting adventure story for young readers about how a mouse came to live in a Tlingit (Indian) clan house in Haines, Alaska and became part of the culture. Readers will learn about the rich Tlingit history, culture, and language.
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Other CHILDREN'S books recommended
Nigel's Choice
Raising Lucy
Wild Critters

Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories
from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen

Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh, Laura Cooper

These women challenged one of the last frontiers of male domination--the commercial fishing grounds. They share 80 mouth-watering recipes and many funny and harrowing stories. Tempting dishes such as Seafood and Sausage Gumbo and deviled eggs with smoked Salmon are practical and unpretentious.
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Other COOKBOOKS recommended
Salmon Patties & Rosehip Pie Cookbook
What Real Alaskans Eat

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

Told and retold for generations up and down the Yukon River, this is a tragic and shocking story--with a surprise ending--of two elderly women abandoned by a migrating tribe that faces starvation brought on by unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game.
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A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River

Velma Wallis

This is a sobering, yet irresistible memoir filled with laughter about a generation of Gwich'in people struggling to understand themselves. Despite grief from the past and doubt about the present, hope for the future prevails and a new strength and wisdom emerge.
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Bird Girl & the Man Who Followed the Sun

The blazing marquee of the plush Astor Theater in New York City billed the 1933 premier of Eskimo as "THE BIGGEST PICTURE EVER MADE," propelling a 27-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from Candle, Alaska, to overnight stardom. The handsome actor was not only the first Alaskan to become a Hollywood movie star but also the first non-white actor to play in a leading role.
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A Secret History of the Far North

In the boomtowns of the Alaska-Yukon stampedes, where gold dust was common currency, the rarest commodity was an attractive woman, and her company could be costly. Author Lael Morgan takes you into the heart of the gold rush demimonde, that world of prostitutes, dance-hall girls, and entertainers who lived on the outskirts of polite society.
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Other Recommendations

Cold Crime: How Police Detectives Solved Alaska's Most Shocking Cases
Murder at 40 Below: True Crime Stories from Alaska
Haunted Alaska: Ghost Stories from the Far
Moonlight Madness: Tall Tales from Alaska's Copper River Valley Strange Stories of Alaska & the Yukon

Associated Press Stylebook for Alaska
Strategic Marketing Tools for Visual Artists
Stepping Up: A Companion and Guide for Family Caregivers
Walking the Board Walk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Nonprofit Board Experience

Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North
The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez
Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood

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