We Live in Alaska, by Constance Helmericks

We Live in Alaska, by Constance Helmericks Originally published in 1944, We Live in Alaska is the first book by acclaimed author, Constance Helmericks. At twenty-four, Connie and her young husband, Harmon “Bud” Helmericks, set off from Fairbanks, Alaska in a homemade canoe. Paddling down the Tanana and into the great Yukon River, they leave…

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The Bentwood Box, by Nan McNutt

The Bentwood Box, by Nan McNutt Chris, a contemporary 14 yr. old Native American Tlingit boy, apprentices with his uncle who is designing and making a traditional northern Northwest Coast bentwood box. In the process of helping with the box, Chris has an adventure, which changes the course of his life. Nan’s McNutt’s introduction to…

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The Button Blanket, by Nan McNutt

The Button Blanket, by Nan McNutt Anne, a young contemporary Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) girl, is going to dance in the ceremonial house for the first time. But who will help make her button blanket robe to dance in? Who will design the special family crest for her robe? As she asks each member of her family,…

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The Cedar Plank Mask, by Nan McNutt

The Cedar Plank Mask, by Nan McNutt Michael, a contemporary Makah boy from the west coast of Washington State, takes a museum field trip with his classmates to learn about Northwest Coast Native American masks and, especially, the West coast style of the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. Little does he know that Grandpa has a…

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The Rocky Mountain Revolution, by Stewart Holbrook

Harry Orchard, professional killer, rolled up a record in the days when the mine owners and the labor unions waged what was virtually civil war. That Orchard outlived the Western Federation of Miners and that he held one of the top records for length of terms a life prisoner–all this is unimportant compared to the…

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Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska, by Doug Vandegraft

New, revised second edition! Since A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska (250 pages) was first published in 2014, eight of the bars that were described in the first edition have since closed their doors forever. The revised second edition includes five additional bars that meet the criteria. Also added to the second edition are regional…

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Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, by Susan G. Butruille

In Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail (276 pages), Susan Butruille artfully narrates the lives and struggles of the women who followed the 2,000-mile trail to Oregon 175 years ago. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition not only retraces the women’s journeys, but also brings their narratives to life in diary, song, history, poetry, quilts, and recipes. Beginning…

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Fireweed, by Nellie Buxton Picken

Ed McLauren has fought his whole life: to build the Lazy Ear ranch, to pass responsible range management legislation, and to expose the unscrupulous and greedy developers who seek to rob the N’Chi-lix-czin of their birthright. In Fireweed (286 pages), Ed perseveres to speaks out in favor of controlled brush-burning to unwilling ears, while discomfited…

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What Happened in Craig, by Leland E. Hale

On a foggy afternoon in September of 1982 the Investor, a salmon fishing vessel, was engulfed in flames near the tiny village of Craig, Alaska. All efforts to stop the blaze were repulsed by the heat and fury of fire–until the blaze had run its course. Eight people, including a pregnant woman and two small…

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Open Borders, by Betsy Bell

It is 1983, and the anti-war movement Target Seattle is preparing for a trip to Tashkent, Seattle’s Sister City in Uzbekistan. Betsy Bell’s husband, Don, is the chair of the executive committee of Target Seattle, and co-leader of the trip. Traveling with three thousand copies of a peace petition, as well as her seventeen-year-old daughter…

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