Suggested Reading List
Author: James Michener
Description: Michener tackles the 49th state in this rousing epic tale of men and wildlife on the frontier.
Author: James Kavanaugh
Description: A handy, 12-panel fold-up card illustrating the most commonly encountered birds of Alaska.
Alaska By Cruise Ship
Author: Anne Vipond
Description: A compact, illustrated guide to ports of call, excursions and sightseeing from Seattle to Anchorage. With a short overview of the culture, nature and history of Alaska, a full-color pull-out map and excellent town maps.
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: This laminated card features color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of Alaska.
Alaska and Canada's Inside Passage
Author: Coastal Cruise Tour Guides
Description: This accordion map-guide folds into a booklet, at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Alaska's Southeast, Touring the Inside Passage
Author: Mike Miller
Description: Our best-selling book on Alaska, this practical guide includes not just information on where to go and what to do in the region (with terrific town maps) but also a good overview of the area's natural history, culture and geography.
Alaska, Saga of a Bold Land
Author: Walter R. Borneman
Description: In this wide-ranging history, Borneman captures the personalities, bravura and challenges of Alaska, describing the days of the fur traders and explorers, the gold rush, the building of the railroads and current controversies.
Alaska, Tales of Adventure from the Last Frontier
Author: Spike Walker (Editor)
Description: This diverse anthology of 31 tales, classic and modern, includes Jack London's famous story of the Yukon, How To Build a Fire, and Gary Paulsen's account of racing the Iditarod.
Alaska, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
Author: Les Beletsky, Dennis Paulson
Description: A guide to the most commonly encountered birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and marine invertebrates of Alaska featuring 320 handsome color illustrations and descriptive information on each species.
Coming into the Country
Author: John McPhee
Description: A superb introduction to the state, McPhee's lyrical portrait blends history, issues and interesting facts -- with sketches of frontier life and unforgettable Alaskan characters.
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
Author: Robert Armstrong
Description: A handsome photographic introduction to Alaskan birds, illustrating all 443 species.
Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Description: Krakauer leaves no stone unturned in this gripping account of his investigation into the real life story of a young man searching for experience, wilderness and self, who meets his end in the wilds north of Mt. McKinley.
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Author: Hilary Stewart
Description: A concise, illustrated overview of the diverse art produced by the peoples of the Pacific Northwest. It focuses on the spiritual and cultural meaning of common motifs that characterize the rich art of the area.
Marine Mammals of Alaska
Author: Kate Wynne
Description: Designed for use in the field, this indispensable guide features large color photographs, key information and detailed range maps for all the whales, seals and other marine creatures found near the shores of Alaska and Russia. Third edition.
Murder at Five Finger Light
Author: Sue Henry
Description: Sue Henry, who has lived in Juneau for 25 years, draws on Alaskan history, lore and landscape for this classic who-done-it set on an old lighthouse on the Inside Passage.
Northwest Field Guide, Inside Passage to Glacier Bay
Author: Rainforest Publications
Description: This seven-panel, folded and laminated card is an easy-to-carry identification guide to fish, marine and land mammals, sea and shore birds.
Passage to Juneau
Author: Jonathan Raban
Description: In this thoughtful account of the sea and its meaning, Raban weaves the tale of Vancouver's original voyage of discovery with his own adventures on a solo journey aboard a 35-foot ketch along the Inside Passage.
The Island Within
Author: Richard Nelson
Description: A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.
The Nature of Alaska
Author: James Kavanagh
Description: This clearly presented field guide to mammals, birds, seashore life, fish, trees, shrubs and wildflowers features 300 color illustrations.
The Only Kayak, A Journey into the Heart of Alaska
Author: Kim Heacox
Description: Heacox writes with warmth and insight of his 25 years living in Glacier Bay in this loving memoir of the history, nature and allure of the place. Braided through the larger story are tales of gold prospectors and the cabin they built sixty years ago; John Muir and his intrepid terrier, Stickeen; and a dynamic geology professor who teaches earth science "as if every day were a geological epoch."
The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale
Author: Frank Stewart (Editor)
Description: In this well chosen series of essays, some of our best modern writers enlighten and entertain on the subject of whales, with pieces from Roger Payne, Diane Ackerman, and Barry Lopez.
The Reader's Companion to Alaska
Author: Alan Ryan
Description: A volume of 28 eyewitness reports on the Alaskan wilderness over the last 100 years, including pieces by John Muir, Barry Lopez and Jon Krakauer. The long excerpts are presented geographically with separate sections on the Inside Passage, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali.
Travels in Alaska
Author: John Muir
Description: The centerpiece of this beloved classic is Muir's wide-eyed account of the discovery of Glacier Bay.