ABOUT ALASKA'S PEOPLE
A River Between Us.
By Kenneth Marsh.
This is the story of the Upper Susitna River Valley, written by
one of Alaska’s many local historians, the operator of the
Trapper Creek Museum. Lots of local anecdotes & photographs.
Text by Natives of Alaska. Photos, Roy Corral.
A hardbound 144 page book with 130 color photos showing ordinary
Alaska Native life -- with commentary.
By Velma Wallis.
The retelling of an Athabaskan legend about two old women who were
abandoned by their tribe in a time of hardship. Refusing to die,
these women rally their strength and wisdom of experience to save
themselves and the tribe that left them behind. An international
Up Native In Alaska.
By A.J. McClanahan.
Brings 27 Alaska Natives together to talk about their cultures and
traditions. Real people who are open about their lives and dreams.
Updated every year. Alphabetical order. You could win a trivia contest
on Alaska with this one.
Life At The Talkeetna Roadhouse.
By Ron Garrett.
A great book about Talkeetna in the 1970’s. Wry anecdotes
about the Talkeetna Roadhouse and its idiosyncratic but beloved
owners, Carroll and Verna Close. Also includes others -- like climber
Ray Genet. Look for it in Talkeetna.
By Claire Murphy & Jane Haigh.
Profiles of nearly two dozen women from the Gold Rush era. Mothers,
wives and single women who came north in search of gold and greater
independence. Period photographs.
Time Girls of the Alaska/Yukon Gold Rush.
By Lael Morgan.
Focuses on the bad girls of a “good time” era. Authentic
and sympathetic accounts of the women who lived on the outskirts
of respectable society, especially in Fairbanks.
Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last
By Karen Jettmar.
Descriptions of more than 100 trip possibilities suitable for beginners
and families, or for experienced whitewater kayakers. Comprehensive.
to Rent a Public Cabin in Southcentral Alaska.
By Andromeda Romano-Lax.
Information on the wonderful system of public use cabins in the
state. The focus is southcentral Alaska, where more than 105 cabins
are available. Some are more accessible than others. Some are more
in demand than others. Descriptions of the cabins, reservation information,
how to get there, what to bring, and more.
Ways to the Wilderness of Southcentral Alaska.
By Nancy Simmerman, Helen Nienhauser, and John Wolfe.
Wonderful suggestions for hikes from the Mat-Su Valley to the Kenai
Peninsula. Most of the hikes are easily accessible by car and can
be done relatively easily in the wild in a short time. Reliable
maps and directions. The authors have done a good job of rating
By Dave Smith, with photos by Tom Walker.
Lively intimate portraits, complete with full color photos of 22
land mammals and 13 sea mammals of the North. “Did You Know”
sections provide a quick look at the facts: A river otter can run
up to 15 mph on packed snow... a baby caribou weighs 12 pounds at
birth. This is one of a series of small books called “Alaska
Pocket Guides”. Other titles are, “Alaska’s Bears”,
“Alaska’s Birds”, “Alaska’s Fish”,
“Alaska’s History”, “Alaska’s Mushrooms”,
“Alaska’s Seashore Creatures.”
Wildlife Viewing Guide.
By Michelle Sydeman & Annabel Lund.
68 places to view wildlife in Alaska. Some are quite remote. Tells
you what wildlife you will see, and how to get to the viewing area.
To Marine Mammals of Alaska.
By Kate Wynne.
Easy to use guidebook that thoroughly shows exactly what marine
animal you’re seeing, where they live, how many there are.
Patterned after some of the better birding guides.
Bear Tales, More
Alaska Bear Tales.
By Larry Kaniut.
If you want to be scared of bears, this series is for you. True
tales of crunched scalps, flapping skin, heroic efforts. Many, many
To The Birds of Alaska.
By Robert H. Armstrong.
Includes all 443 species of birds found in Alaska, with full-color
photos for all bird species that occur regularly in Alaska. Has
a birder’s checklist for all birds.
Great Alaska Nature Factbook.
By Susan Ewing.
Almost all of Alaska’s wild animals are described. Also covers
plants, so you get two in one.
Hares and Itchy Bears.
By Susan Ewing. Illustrations by Evon Zerbetz.
A children’s book of poems about 15 northern animals, from
the octopus to the dragon fly.
Hungry Giant on the Tundra.
Retold by Teri Sloat.
Yup’ik Eskimo children who wander off to pick berries manage
to outwit a huge giant who shows up. The kids are helped by a chickadee
and a crane.
of the Midnight Sun.
Profiles by Tricia Brown. Photos by Roy Corral.
The lives of young Native Alaskan children -- Eskimo, Indian and
Aleut -- are featured in this colorful book of photographs and interviews.
By Claire Murphy, with photos by Charles Mason.
Photographs and large-type text describe Alaska for children.
By Ann Dixon and Evon Zerbetz.
A baby goes berry-picking with his family and loses his sneaker.
Over the course of the year, the shoe is carted around, chewed up,
and filled with dirt by wild animals. The baby returns as a big
boy and finds it.
Alaska...A Guidebook for Rockhounds.
By Chugach Gem & Mineral Society.
If you’re an amateur rockhound, or just interested in poking
around Alaska’s roadsides, looking for interesting rocks,
this is a must-have book. It’s got lots of maps, and is easy