Alaska-Yukon Place Names, by James Phillips

Romantic history-filled names have long fired the imagination of every reader and visitor to the Northland. In Alaska-Yukon Place Names, author James W. Phillips takes the vacationing tourist, historian, and armchair traveler through the most memorable places in the Alaska-Yukon region. Since the most popular routes north to Alaska and the Yukon are the Marine Highway…

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In Search of the Kuskokwim, by Stephen Spurr

The United States knew relatively little about Alaska prior to the turn of the century when the Klondike Gold Rush was about to attract thousands of stampeders north, many of them spilling over into Alaska as more gold was discovered on the Yukon River and her tributaries. The government had few reliable maps of the…

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Yukon Quest, by Lew Freedman

Over beer and hamburgers at the Two Rivers Lodge near Fairbanks, Alaska, a small group of mushers conceived a gutsy idea for a new sled dog race that would be more challenging than any other marathon race in the Far North. In 1984, mushers organized the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Fairbanks and…

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Surviving Alaska, by Mary Ames

One can only hope never to face the many life-threatening dangers and just plain annoyances that journalist, pilot, and outdoorswoman Mary Ames warns about in Surviving Alaska (160 pages), a guide that is both useful and entertaining. You’ll learn… what to do if you find yourself in the path of an oncoming avalanche… what to…

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Iditarod Dreams, by Lew Freedman and DeeDee Jonrowe

DeeDee Jonrowe loves dogs, and her consuming passion is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Winter and summer, virtually day and night (even in her dreams!), she and her huskies prepare for the annual race across Alaska. Iditarod Dreams is an absorbing, personal account of a year in the life of this remarkable woman living on the…

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North to Wolf Country, by James Brooks

In a rich, beautifully written memoir, James W. Brooks recalls astonishing adventures of his youth when he lived on the land in the final days of the Territory of Alaska and later became a wildlife biologist and helped write and enforce fish and games laws for the new State of Alaska. North to Wolf Country…

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More Iditarod Classics, by Lew Freedman

Picking up where the best-selling Iditarod Classics left off, More Iditarod Classics (224 pages) introduces readers to more of the men and women who brave the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. And do they ever have stories to tell! In their own words, champions and lesser knowns share their very best stories–how they came…

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Raising Ourselves, by Velma Wallis

Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska. Life is defined by the business of living off the land. Chopping wood. Hauling water from the river. Hunting moose. Catching salmon. Trapping fur. Taking care of the dogs. For a thousand…

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Haunted Alaska, by Ron Wendt

They are watching us, these ghosts of the North. They cook breakfast, play cards, mine gold, turn on radios, and play the piano. Haunted Alaska (96 pages) is a collection of ghost stories that will raise the hair on the back of your neck. These astonishing stories tell of miners terrorized by spirits wandering their claims, of…

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Spirit of the Wind, by Lew Freedman

In 1958, no one in the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race knew the Athabascan Indian from Huslia who limped to the starting line in Anchorage. But when he finished with the winning time, George Attla opened a new chapter in the history of sprint mushing. For decades, Attla, the “Huslia Hustler,” reined as…

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