Suggested Reading List
Author: James Michner
Alaska Trees and Shrubs
Author: Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little
Alaska's History: the People, Land and Events of the North Country
Author: Harry Ritter
Description: This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.
An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past
Author: Edited by Stephen w. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso
Description: This anthology is a compilation of essays by noted Alaska historians, geographers and naturalists and is easy to browse and read in small segments. The essays cover Alaskan history from the days of Russian-American Company domination to the threat of nuclear testing by the Atomic Energy Commission and provide an understanding of the events, themes and those involved in the development of the state.
Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska
Author: Kate Wynne
Description: This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
Author: Robert Armstrong
Description: This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Author: Hilary Stewart
Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
Author: Robert Armstrong
Roadside Geology of Alaska
Author: Cathy Connor
Description: Alaska is a mosaic patchwork, a collage of continental scraps swept in from the Pacific and added, one after the other, onto the far northwest corner of the continent. Here are the rocky foundations of Alaska, every bit as exotic as the landscape they support, just as varied and vital as the people who live in that landscape. Due to the rugged terrain and limited road access, this is not just a "roadside" book--it describes the geology of southeast Alaska as one might see it from the observation lounge of one of Alaska's comfortable ferries traveling the marine highway.
The Island Within
Author: Richard Nelson
Description: Richard Nelson a Sitka resident is recognized as one of the nation's best known nature writers. This is his account of his exploration of an unnamed Alaskan island which causes one to think about our own relationship with nature, and the importance of observing and participating in nature with reverence and a sense of wonder.
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
Author: Pierre Berton
Description: In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began.
The Sea Runners
Author: Ivan Doig
Description: In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Although fictional it is based on an actual incident in 1853.
Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole
Author: Lorie K. Harris
Description: Legends of the Tlingit people.
Travels in Alaska
Author: John Muir
Description: Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care and genuine feeling.