Some Books About Alaska 1998
The Alaska State Library produces this annual publication because we feel that such an annotated list is of value to libraries in Alaska. We have attempted to make this list as complete as possible for titles that appeared in 1998 as well as some titles missed in previous years. Some Books About Alaska notes books that are not necessarily held by the Alaska State Library. Please consult your local library or other library databases for libraries holding these titles. NOT included are general travel guides to Alaska and books, such as the Milepost, which are published annually.
Every attempt has been made to have each title reviewed by a librarian. Several Alaskan librarians from around the state assisted in this compilation. Much of the credit for this years compilation is due Ann Doyle of the Alaska State Librarys Alaska Historical Collections. Especially helpful have been Kay Myers and Bruce Merrell of Anchorage Municipal Libraries. Kay reviewed the children's books. Bruce reviewed non-fiction titles with Ann Doyle and also shared his listing that appeared first in the journal published by the Alaska Historical Society, Alaska History. Thanks to that publication for agreeing to let us reprint some of the entries. I also thank Hearthside Books of Juneau for allowing me to review books from their shelves and Cook Inlet Book Company of Anchorage for doing the same for Bruce.
Many titles are available through interlibrary loan, and libraries are encouraged to review titles before making the decision to purchase.
Publications are available from the publisher of the work or other indicated source. Bookstores in Alaska also offer these titles, at times with a discount to libraries. The last page of this publication notes some bookstores in the state that may have some of the more obscure current Alaskan titles. The Alaska State Library does not offer books for sale. Also, remember that all prices are subject to change and that those prices listed here may no longer be accurate. In some cases, we have received the book as a gift and do not know the price.
Annotations to the list::
© First Purchase Recommendation: As in past years, we are using this feature to designate those books which the committee felt were most worthy of consideration for first purchase by small and medium-sized libraries and school library-media centers. Each library must, of course, make its own decision on whether to purchase these titles, comparing each to the library's book selection policy. Our choices are necessarily subjective, but we have attempted to include titles of general interest and to omit those which are highly specialized. We also have not marked materials of local interest only, but have noted regional publications which we felt were outstanding.
ASD Alaska State Depository : A small selection of titles produced by the Alaska State Government as well as non-state publications received for distribution by the Alaska State Documents Program at the Alaska State Library are listed. They are noted here to alert readers to publications that may not appear in bookstores. After the bibliographic information, these titles are designated as "ASD" which means that they were distributed to the Alaska State Depositories and thus may be reviewed at libraries participating in the program. The address and/or contact within the agency is included with the citation. Thanks to Patience Frederiksen, Government Publications Librarian, Alaska State Library, for her assistance with the selection and annotation of these titles.
Alaska materials can be elusive, being published in limited quantity with little publicity. We will appreciate receiving information for current, especially locally produced titles not included here. Please send comments and inquiries to the following address: Alaska Historical Collections, Alaska State Library, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571.
--Kathryn H. Shelton, Head Librarian,
Alaska Historical Collections
compiled by Kay Myers, Anchorage Municipal Libraries
© Alaska in Maps : A Thematic Atlas / edited by Roger W. Pearson and Marjorie Hermans (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Fairbanks ; Alaska Department of Education ; Alaska Geographic Alliance, 1998), 99 pp., spiral bound, $35.00. ISBN1887419020, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Over fifty maps focus on the geographic characteristics of Alaska. Many charts and graphs with explanatory text are also available in this informative book for students from upper elementary grades through college. (Also listed in Adult Non-Fiction section)
© Brown, Tricia. Children Of The Midnight Sun, Young Native Voices of Alaska / photographed by Roy Corral (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 48 pp., $16.95, ISBN0882405004, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. Photographs and text present the experiences and way of life of Tlingit, Athabascan, Yupik, Aleut, and other Native American children in the villages, cities, and bush areas of Alaska.
Brown, Tricia. Iditarod Country : Exploring the Route of the Last Great Race / photographed by Jeff Schultz (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 63 pp., cloth, $16.95, ISBN0945397666, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. The villages and race volunteers along the Iditarod Trail are highlighted in a volume that also includes race history and legend.
© Carlstrom, Nancy White. Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hare : Poems of Alaska / illustrated by Ken Kuroi (New York : Philomel Books, 1998), unpaged, cloth, $15.99, ISBN0399227466, Putnam Publishing Group, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 1-800-631-8571, ext.7504. Carlstroms poems feature Alaskan animals frolicking through the four seasons.
© Corral, Kimberly and Hannah Corral. A Childs Glacier Bay / photographed by Roy Corral (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 32 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN0882405039, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. Hannah and Ben and their parents journey along 300 miles of Glacier Bay coastline during a three-week sea kayaking trip.
© Ferrell, Nancy Warren. Destination Valdez (Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Company, 1998), 80 pp., library binding, $23.93, ISBN0822527901, 241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401. The geography, history, economy and daily life in Valdez is featured in this volume from the "Port Cities of North America" series.
Field, Edward. Magic Words / illustrated by Stefano Vitale (San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998), unpaged, $17.00, ISBN0152014985,. The poems and songs in this collection are based on songs and stories of the Netsilik Inuit, collected by Knud Rasmussen on the Fifth Thule Expedition.
Finley, Carol. Art of the Far North : Inuit Sculpture, Drawing, and Printmaking (Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1998), 56 pp., $22.60, ISBN0822520753, 241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401. A short history of the Inuit people in Canada ties in information about their culture as it appears in sculpture, drawing, and printmaking.
Fowler, Susi Gregg. Circle of Thanks / illustrated by Peter Catalanotto (New York : Scholastic Press, 1998), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN0590100661, Scholastic Order Processing, 2931 East McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 1-800-724-6527. After the boys mother rescues a small river otter pup, as the seasons change, the tundra animals help each other in turnthe last helping rescue the boy.
Green, Jen. People of the Polar Regions (Austin, Tex. : Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 1998), 48 pp., $25.69, ISBN0817250654, P.O. Box 26015, Austin, TX 78755, 1-800-531-5015. Green describes the history of the polar peoples, how they live and work. Information about the seasons and geographic features of the regions is also provided.
Heinz, Brian J. Nanuk : Lord of the Ice / illustrated by Gregory Manchess (New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998), unpaged, trade edition, $15.99, ISBN0803721943, or library edition, $15.89, ISBN0803721951, order from Penguin USA, P.O. Box 120, Bergenfield, NJ 07261, 1-800-526-0275. Realistic oil paintings and text tell the story of two hunters. Nanuk, a polar bear, and a boy set out separately to hunt for food. The author and illustrator are from the United States; the book is set in the Canadian Arctic.
Helman, Andrea. Northwest Animal Babies / illustrated by Art Wolfe (Seattle : Sasquatch Books, 1998), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN1570611440, 615 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Gorgeous color photos of Northwest animals like sea otter, harbor seal, trumpeter swan are accompanied by two or three facts about each baby animal.
Italia, Bob. Alaska (Minneapolis : Abdo & Daughters, 1998), 32 pp., $21.35, ISBN1562398555, 4940 Viking Drive, Suite 622, Edina, MN 55435, 1-800-800-1312. From the series "The United States," this volume examines the geography, history, natural resources, people and culture of Alaska.
Jackson, Joan F. Elim, the Determined Athlete / illustrated by Robert Ferrin Gilmore (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1998), 32 pp., $14.95, ISBN1888125322, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. Elim, a four month old Husky, tells the reason he joined musher Jeff Kings team on the Iditarod trail.
Kallen, Stuart A. Alaskan Brown Bears (Minneapolis : Abdo & Daughters, 1998), 24 pp., $19.92, ISBN1562395955, 4940 Viking Drive, Suite 622, Edina, MN 55435, 1-800-800-1312. The physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior of the Alaskan brown bear are briefly described in this title in the "Checkerboard Animal Library."
Kummer, Patricia K. Alaska (Mankato, Minn. : Capstone High/Low Books, 1998), 48 pp., $19.00, ISBN1560656794, Capstone Press, 151 Good Counsel Drive, P.O. Box 669, Mankato, MN 56002-0669, 1-800-747-4992. From the "One Nation" series, this book gives an overview of Alaskahistory, geography, people, and living conditions.
Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk. Arctic Stories, illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka (Toronto : Annick Press, 1998), 40 pp., cloth, $18.95, ISBN1550374525, or paperback, $6.95, ISBN1550374532, 1955 Wylie Street, Suite 300, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3N7. Three stories about life in the Canadian Arctic in the 1950s feature Agatha, a six-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from Repulse Bay. One of the stories is Agathas move from home into a Catholic mission school and the harsh treatment she experiences there.
Lelooska. Spirit of the Cedar People : More Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska / edited by Christine Normandin and designed by Jennifer Wagner (New York : DK Publishing, Inc., 1998), 38 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN0789425718, 95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.. The second of two collections of Kwakiutl legends in text and on accompanying audio CD, this title, along with Echoes of the Elders : The Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska (New York : DK Ink in association with Callaway Editions, 1997), 38 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN078942455X, 95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, shares Northwest Coast folktales which bring alive a world of loons, ravens, halibut and bearsall with the power to shape our destiny.
Levinson, Nancy S. ...If You Lived in the Alaska Territory / illustrated by Bryn Barnard (New York : Scholastic Inc, 1998), 79 pp., $5.99. ISBN0590744496, Scholastic Order Processing, 2931 East McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 1-800-724-6527. Using a question and answer format, the author relays information about the early years (1912-1935) of the Alaska Territory. Though all demographic groups are mentioned by name, the life of "Eskimo" children is highlighted.
London, Jonathan. Ice Bear and Little Fox / illustrated by Daniel San Souci. (New York : Dutton Childrens Books, 1998), unpaged, $15.99. ISBN0525459073, order from Penguin USA, P.O. Box 120, Bergenfield, NJ 07261, 1-800-526-0275. A polar bear and a little fox manage to survive over a year in the Arctic. Facts about the Inuit peoples and Arctic animals are included.
© McMillan, Bruce. Salmon Summer / photographed by the author (Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998), 32 pp., $16.00, ISBN0395845440, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, 222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA. 02116-3764. Nine-year-old Alex fishes with his family in the streams on Kodiak Island.
Meyer, Marianne. Snow Problem : The Case of the Mushing Madness (New York : Learning Triangle Press, 1998), 198 pp., $4.25, ISBN0070066930, McGraw-Hill Companies, 1221 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, 800-352-3566. A group of seven science-minded kids solve the problem of an old friend who is working as an action movie stunt-man in Alaska, from the "Kinetic City Super Crew" series, #7.
Murphy, Claire Rudolf. Caribou Girl / illustrated by Linda Russell (Boulder : Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1998) unpaged, $16.95, ISBN1570981450, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 6309 Monarch Park Place, Niwot, CO 80503, 1- 800-352-1985. Caribou Girl is transformed into her namesake animal and travels with the herd thousands of miles to their summer calving grounds. She learns how her people can live in harmony with the herd.
Nichols, Richard. A Story to Tell : Traditions of a Tlingit Community / illustrated by D. Bambi Kraus (Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1998), 48 pp., library binding, $21.27, ISBN0822526611, 241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401. In the "We Are Still Here" series, an 11- year- old Tlingit girl travels to Kake where she learns about her familys heritage.
© Nicolai, Margaret. Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing / illustrated by David Rubin (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), unpaged, cloth, $15.95, ISBN0882405047, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. Five year old Kitaq goes on his first ice fishing trip with his grandfather.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Polar Bears Past Bedtime (New York : Random House, 1998), 71 pp., cloth, $11.99, ISBN0679983414, or paperback, $3.99, ISBN067988341X, Random House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1-800-323-9872. Jack and Annie are whisked into the frozen Arctic in the "Magic Tree House" series book, # 12.
Packard, Edward. Mayday! / illustrated by Eric Cherry (New York : Bantam Books, 1998), 99 pp., $2.99, ISBN0553567586, Random House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1-800-323-9872. The "Choose Your Own Adventure Series," # 184, has you as the copilot with your cousin, Eddie, on a small plane flying supplies to people who live in remote Alaska areas.
Peterson, Sara Budinger. Alice, An Alaska Pioneer : A Novel / illustrated by Diane Widom (Homer, Alaska : Saranjon Publishing, 1998), 64 pp., $11.95, ISBN0966528204, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. The story of a six-year-old girl who leaves the comforts of her grandmothers Pennsylvania home at the end of World War II and moves to a small Alaskan community is based on actual events.
Repp, Gloria. Mik-Shrok. (Greenville, S.C. : Journey Books, 1998), 133 pp., $6.49, ISBN1579240690, P.O. Box 23346, Santa Fe, NM 87502, 1-800-435-3033. In the first of a three book fictional history, "Adventures of an Arctic Missionary," two young missionaries in Koyalik have their prayers answered when they receive a dog sled team of huskies with Mik-Shrok as its leader. Set in 1950.
Ross, Kathy. Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Polar Life / illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm (Brookfield, Conn. : The Millbrook Press, 1998), 48 pp., $22.40, ISBN0761309551, 2 Old New Milford Road -- Dept. LS, Brookfield, CT 06804, 1-800-462-4703. Twenty simple projects include a walrus mask and a harp seal puppet.
Shahan, Sherri. Frozen Stiff (New York: Delacorte Press, 1998), 151 pp., $14.95, ISBN0385323034, Random House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. A kayak/camping trip to Russell Fjord leads to near disaster as Hubbard Glacier starts a rapid advance and finds cousins Cody and Derek extremely unprepared for the resulting adventure.
Sherrow, Victoria. The Exxon Valdez : Tragic Oil Spill (Springfield, N.J. : Enslow, 1998), 48 pp., $18.95, ISBN0766010589, Box 699, 44 Fadem Road, Springfield, NJ 07081-0699, 1-800-398-2504. Information about why the grounding occurred includes a description of the cleanup effort.
Sloat, Teri. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout / illustrated by Renold Ruffins (New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1998), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN0805042946, Von Holtzbrinck Publishing Services, 16365 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, VA 22942, 1-888-330-8477. The Pacific Northwest version of "The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" features a fishy meal.
Smelcer, John and Tricia Wilson. Walk About: Life in an Ahtna Athabaskan Village / illustrated by Robert Jordan (Glennallen, Alaska : Ahtna Heritage Foundation, 1998), 30 pp., $10.00 (out of print), ISBN0965631036, PO Box 213, Glennallen, AK. 99588. A description of life in an Ahtna Athabaskan village includes the Ahtna word and pronunciation for each word highlighted in the text.
Spezialy, Milly. Gold Rush Poodle / illustrated by the author (Anchorage, Alaska : Six Suns Publishing Company, 1998), unpaged, cloth, $14.95, ISBN0965420035, or paperback, $9.95, ISBN0965420043, PO Box 112852, Anchorage, AK 99511-2852. In 1898 Pierre travels the Chilkoot Trail with his mistress as she searches for her lost brother.
Stefoff, Rebecca. Alaska (Tarrytown, N.Y. : Benchmark Books, 1998), 144 pp., $32.79, ISBN0761402071, Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 99 White Plains Road, PO Box 2001, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 1-800-821-9881. One of the "Celebrate the States" series, this title includes general information about Alaska plus the population of the ten largest cities, a synopsis of state government, information about the economy and ethnic makeup, the state song with words and music, and a history timeline.
Strasser, Todd. Grizzly Attack (New York : Pocket Books, 1998), 149 pp., $3.99, ISBN0671023101, Pocket Books Ordering Dept., 200 Old Tappan Rd., Old Tappan, NJ 07675, 1-800-223-2336. Tyler arrives in Alaska for his dream vacation and finds his Uncle Jake seriously ill. When he goes fishing, he disturbs a rogue grizzly bear. A title in the "Against the Odds" series.
Taylor, Harriet Peck. Ulaq and the Northern Lights / illustrated by the author (New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998), unpaged, $16.00, ISBN 0374380635,. As Ulaq the fox travels across the tundra, he learns that each animal he meets explains the northern lights in a different way.
Tessendorf, K.C. Over the Edge : Flying With the Arctic Heroes (New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1998), 116 pp., $17.00, ISBN0689318049, Simon & Schuster Ordering Dept., 200 Old Tappan Rd., Old Tappan, NJ 07675, 1-800-223-2336. Tessendorf details several attempts to reach the North Pole, some of the attempts were from Alaska. There is substantial information about Carl Ben Eielson.
Tiulana, Paul. Wise Words of Paul Tiulana : An Inupiat Alaskans Life / photographed by Bernard R. Hubbard and edited by Vivian Senungetuk (New York : Franklin Watts, 1998), 80 pp., $22.00, ISBN0531114481, Grolier Publishing, 6 Parklane Dr., Bethel, CT 06801, 1-800-621-1115. Paul Tiulanas story presents the life of an Alaskan hunter, storyteller, craftsman, and traditional leader who grew up on King Island in the 1920s. An earlier version of this book was published as A place for winter: Paul Tiulanas story, by the CIRI foundation in 1987.
Von Ammon, Helen. Alaska Llama : Far North Hero / illustrated by Erin Mauterer (San Francisco : Doodlebug Books, 1998), 37 pp., $12.95, ISBN0964775670, 48 San Antonio Pl., San Francisco, CA 94133-4054. Facts about llamas are woven into this story of a llama born and raised in Alaska.
Walker, James. The Ice Princess (Minneapolis : Bethany House Publishers, 1998), 287 pp. $8.99, ISBN15556617038, 11400 Hampshire Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55438, 1-800-328-6109. The last book in "The Wells Fargo Trail" series (#8), Zac and Jenny travel to the old Russian capital in Sitka, hoping to help Jennys sister and uncle.
© Walsh Shepherd, Donna. The Klondike Gold Rush (New York : Franklin Watts, 1998), 64 pp., cloth, $22.00, ISBN0531203603, or paperback, $6.95, ISBN0531159094, Grolier Publishing, 6 Parklane Dr., Bethel, CT 06801, 1-800-621-1115. From the "A First Book" series, Walsh Shepherd concentrates on the stories of those lured to the Yukon gold fields from the first discovery to information about the area one hundred years later. Helpful internet resources are appended.
Wood, Beverley & Chris Wood. Dogstar (Custer, Wash. : Orca, 1998), 253 pp., $6.95, ISBN1896095372, PO Box 468 Custer, WA 98240-0468. Jeff is still mourning the death of his bull terrier when his parents take him on an Alaskan cruise. In Juneau, he follows another bull terrier into the past and helps find a lost treasure. This book first appeared in Canada in 1997, published by Polestar Sirius Books.
Yolen, Jane. Welcome to the Ice House / illustrated by Laura Regan (New York : G.P. Putnams Sons, 1998), unpaged, $15.99, ISBN0399230114, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014-3657, 1-800-331-4624. Poet Jane Yolen describes the long Arctic winter and its wildlife and the sudden explosion of spring and summer and the animals and plants that flourish then.
compiled by Ann S. Doyle, Alaska State Library.
Davis, Neil. Battling Against Success (Ester, Alaska : McRoy & Blackburn, Publishers, 1997), 259 pp., cloth, $26.95, ISBN0963259679, or paperback, $ , ISBN0963259660, P.O. Box 276, Ester, AK 99725. Autobiographical novel of a familys struggle to wrest a homestead from the wilderness provides the setting for a portrait of a boy growing up in Alaskas Interior in the years just before statehood.
Flinkman, Marilou H. The Alaskan Way (Uhrichsville, Ohio : Heartsong Presents, 1998), 170 pp., ISBN1577482700, 1810 Barbour Dr., Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683, 1-800-852-8010. Inspirational G-rated contemporary Christian romance.
Goldstrand, Theresa. Alaskan Magic (New York : Avalon Books, 1998), 186 pp., $17.95. "An Avalon romance," ISBN080349324X, Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc. (401 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y. 10003, 1-800-223-5251. When accountant Lauren Cole leaves her ex-fiance in San Diego to go to Alaska to help her twin brother, Mark, on his salmon-fishing boat for the summer, danger and romance await her.
Gray, Ed. The Lake of the Beginning (Minocqua, Wis. : Willow Creek Press, 1998), 126 pp., $22.50, ISBN1572230851, Willow Creek Press, P.O. Box 147, Minocqua, WI 54548, 1-800-850-6453. The tale interweaves the natural history of sockeye salmon returning upstream to their home lake, tribal tales of an ancient Inuit man, and a young college professor who has brought her two children to Alaska to spread their grandmothers ashes on the mystic lake.
Henry, Sue. Deadfall : an Alaska Mystery (New York : Avon Books, 1998), 296 pp., $22.00, ISBN0380976617, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10019, 1-800-223-0690. To avoid the dangerous stranger whos stalking her, an Iditarod musher seeks refuge on a desolate island in Kachemak Bay and winds up playing a terrifying game of hide-and-seek with a killer.
Lane, Christopher. Elements of a Kill : an Inupiat Eskimo Mystery (New York : Avon Books, 1998), 340 pp., $5.99, ISBN0380798700, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10019, 1-800-223-0690. Police detective Ray Attla, an Inupiat Eskimo, is spending a few days with his grandfather on the reservation when hes called into the icy Alaskan wilderness to investigate a death at an isolated oil rig. The killing has all the marks of a ritual murder, and Ray must confront the traditions of his People to catch a killer -before he too becomes a victim.
Parry, Richard. The Wolf's Pack (New York : Forge, 1998), 351 pp., $24.95, ISBN031286020X, c/o Tor Books, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10010. "A Tom Doherty Associates book." Parry continues his "Wyatt Earp in Alaska" series set during Alaskas Klondike Gold Rush. Nathan and Riley come up against venal Barnette and wind up opposing the Fairbanks kingpin.
Reese, Robert. Alaskan Gold (New York : Berkley Books, 1998), 297 pp., $5.99, ISBN042516263X, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 800-788-6262. New Orleans gentleman Clay Macon journeys to the rugged frontier territory of Alaska during the Gold Rush in search of the fabled gold fortune his father left behind. But what Clay discovers is a side of his father he never knew and a secret buried deeper than any Yukon gold.
Rust, Megan Mallory. Dead Stick (New York, NY : Berkley Prime Crime, 1998), 201 pp., $5.99, ISBN0425162966, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 1-800-631-8571. From last-minute wake-up rescue calls to sexist co-workers to perilous travel through the Alaskan wilderness, aviator Taylor Morgan has seen it all. But when a woman Taylor approved for piloting the LifeLine Air Ambulance crashes without explanation, Taylor turns from pilot to Private Investigator, and soon senses danger everywhere. Now she must quickly uncover the truth behind the crash, before she too meets with a fatal "accident."
Saghani, Johnny. A Cold Day to Die : a Novel (Anchorage : Salmon Run Press, 1998), 153 pp., paperback, $12.95, ISBN1887573046, P.O. Box 672130, Chugiak, AK 99567-2130. Based on real life events, this is the story of a young Indian man raised in a rural village surrounded by alcoholism, poverty, and dissolution, and about the contemporary urban social problems which define and affect his life.
Stabenow, Dana. Fire and Ice : a Liam Campbell Mystery (New York : Dutton, 1998), 264 pp., $23.95, ISBN0525944389, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014-3657.. After losing his family and his career, an Alaskan State Trooper finds himself on a plane to his new posting--a small native town far from Anchorage. And fate isn't finished with him yet. No sooner does he set foot off the plane than he is confronted with a dead body and the accusing glare of the only woman he'd ever truly loved . . . and lost.
Stabenow, Dana. Killing Grounds : a Kate Shugak Mystery (New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998), 273 pp., $22.95, ISBN0399143564, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014-3657, 1-800-331-4624. With the attention to the details and difficulties of Alaskan life and another of the brilliantly crafted plots that have made her one of the Pacific Northwest's finest writers, Dana Stabenow has created a picture postcard from the Last Frontier, where the call of the wild should never be underestimated in politics, in commercial fishing, or in murder.
© Stein, Garth. Raven Stole the Moon : a Novel (New York : Pocket Books, 1998), 369 pp., $22.00, ISBN067100459X, Pocket Books Ordering Dept., 200 Old Tappan Rd., Old Tappan, NJ 07675, 1-800-223-2336. In this haunting debut, Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller. When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son's death is shrouded in legendand buried in a terrifying wrinkle between life and death.
Stories of the Far North, introduction by Jon Tuska (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1998), 145 pp., $15.00, ISBN0803294344, University of Nebraska Press, 312 North 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588. "Bison books"--Spine. The league of the old men / Jack London -- The Trail of 'Ninety-eight (ballad) / Robert Service -- The test / Rex Beach -- The strength of men / James Oliver Curwood -- The man who goes alone / Max Brand -- The great hunger / Dan Cushman -- Mush fast or die! / Les Savage, Jr. -- Cheechako trouble / James B. Hendryx -- Color at Forty-Mile / Tim Champlin. These stories revolve around the Klondike gold rush of 1898. Well known and little-known authors have contributed to this collection, some brought back into print after many decades.
Straley, John, 1953- The Angels Will Not Care (New York : Bantam Books, 1998), 225 pp., $22.95, ISBN0553106422, Random House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1-800-323-9872. Straley's fifth crime novel tells a superb tale of unrelenting suspense and sly humor. When his P.I. business goes on the rocks, Cecil Younger jumps at the chance to investigate a series of unexplained deaths on a first-class cruise ship.
Warner, Irving. In Memory of Hawks & Other Stories from Alaska (Port Angeles, WA : Pleasure Boat Studio, 1998), 210 pp., paperback, $15.00, ISBN0965141349, 802 East Sixth, Port Angeles, WA 98362, 1-888-810-5308. Written between 1973 and 1998, the weave and fabric of these stories reflect Irving Warner's twenty-one years within the field of fisheries followed by twelve years teaching at a small college in Kodiak, Alaska. These are stories about living in the wild, often alone, sometimes with a small group of others. They tell of people who went to Alaska to escape their lives and who found, instead, that Alaska truly forced them to face the very evils which they'd hoped to leave behind.
Welther, Kenneth Edward. Eight Stars of Gold (Pittsburgh, Pa. : Dorrance Publishing Co., 1998), 73 pp., paperback, $9.35, ISBN0805943927, 643 Southfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 1-800-788-7654. Story of life in Alaska in the fifties and sixties. It tells the story of a young boy, love and romance, marriage, and the tragedies of life in a desolate area.
compiled by Ann S. Doyle, Alaska State Library, and
Bruce Merrell, Anchorage Municipal Libraries.
The 1998 Nunavut Handbook : Travelling in Canadas Arctic (Iqaluit, N.W.T. : Nortext Multimedia Inc., 1997), 366 pp., paperback, CDN$26.95, ISBN1550365746, Box 8, Iqaluit NT X0A 0H0, Canada. Complete guide for planning an arctic adventure to one of the last untouched wilderness areas on earth, replaces The Baffin Handbook.
Akrigg, G. P. V. and Helen B. Akrigg. British Columbia Place Names, 3rd edition (Vancouver, B.C. : UBC Press, 1997), 304 pp., cloth, $49.95, ISBN0774806362, University of British Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. A new edition of the BC classic to which the authors have dedicated over 40 years. Fascinating for browsers and an invaluable source for historians.
Alaska Cultural Resources Marketing Handbook (Juneau : Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Division of Trade and Development, 1997), 20 pp., paperback, P.O. Box 110804, Juneau, AK 99811-0804. Practical tool for both tourism industry and arts and culture communities, addresses environments of each, suggests practical ways to work together to effectively promote Alaska cultural tourism. ASD
Alaska Gold Rush Pioneers of Juneau-Douglas Area, 1880-1921 (Juneau : Juneau Pioneers of Alaska Igloo & Auxiliary No. 6, 1998), 70 pp., paper, $10.00 plus postage, order from Marie Darlin, 415 Willoughby #506, Juneau, AK 99801. An illustrated brief history of early Juneau mining, followed by fifty single-page biographies of Juneau pioneers.
Alaska Goldrush National Historic Landmarks : the Stampede North prepared by the National Park Service Alaska System Support Team (Anchorage : National Park Service, Alaska System Support Office, 1998), 16 pp., paperback, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. An overview of the five sites of gold-rush-related National Historic Landmarks in Alaska, including information on accessing each and its historic background.
© Alaska in Maps : A Thematic Atlas / edited by Roger W. Pearson and Marjorie Hermans (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Fairbanks ; Alaska Department of Education ; Alaska Geographic Alliance, 1998), 99 pp., spiral bound, $35.00. ISBN1887419020, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Over fifty maps focus on the geographic characteristics of Alaska. Many charts and graphs with explanatory text are also available in this informative book for students from upper elementary grades through college. (Also listed in the Juvenile section.)
© Alaska Newspapers on Microfilm, compiled by Mary C. Nicolson with Mary Anne Slemmons (Juneau : Alaska Newspaper Project, Alaska State Library, 1998), 301 pp., paperback, $25.00, Alaska Historical Collections, Alaska State Library, P.O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571. Exhaustive listing giving holdings, history, and publication information. Extremely useful charts show Alaskan and regional newspapers published for each location chronologically for easy identification of titles covering a specific time. ASD
Alaska on My Mind. (Helena, Mont. : Falcon Publishing Inc., 1998), 120 pp., cloth, $29.95, ISBN1560443820, P.O. Box 1718, Helena, MT 59624, 1-800-582-2665. With photographs and classic quotes, provides a visit with Alaskas many faces, landscapes, creatures, and social life.
Alaska Roadhouse Recipes : Memorable Recipes from Roadhouses, Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Cafes, Restaurants and Campgrounds Along the Highways and Byways of Alaska and Canada (Bellevue, Wash. : Vernon Publications, Inc., 1997), 224 pp., paperback, $16.95, ISBN1878425595, 3000 Northup Way, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98004-1446, 1-800-726-4707. Recipes (and some stories) from a vast assortment of traditional Alaskan eateries.
The Alaskan, November 1885-March 1887 : Newspaper Excerpts of Genealogical and Historical Interest, edited by Elizabeth Richardson (Ward Cove, Alaska : E.S. Richardson, 1997), 150 pp., paperback, ISBN0966039602, P.O. Box 662, Ward Cove, AK 99928. The editor has transcribed articles in their entirety from The Alaskan, at one time Alaskas only newspaper, and selected them primarily for their inclusion of names.
© Alaskas Children of a Hidden War : Real Stories of the 134 Child Abuse Victims Taken into Protective Custody by the Division of Family and Youth Services During a Three-Month Period in 1997 (Juneau : Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Division of Family and Youth Services, 1998), 20 pp., paperback, P.O. Box 110630, Juneau, AK 99811-0630. Actual cases and Child Protective Services; discusses child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption and guardianship; offers data and suggestions for individual action. ASD
Ancient Aleut Personal Names = Kadaangim Asangin / Asangis : Materials from the BillingsEexpedition 1790-1792, edited and interpreted by Knut Bergsland (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, 1998), 202 pp., paperback, $16.00, ISBN1555000657,Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680. A linguist interprets 1,140 names from a census taken by the expedition, giving a glimpse of Aleut culture and values otherwise lost through the introduction of Christian names at about the same time. ASD
© Andrews, Susan B. and John Creed. Authentic Alaska : Voices of its Native Writers (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1998), 177 pp., cloth, $35.00, ISBN0803210418, 312 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. Anthology of writing by over 40 contemporary Natives attesting to a spirit of survival despite the turmoil of cultural upheaval, bearing witness to significant change among their people.
Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Alaskas Builders: 50 Years of Construction in the 49th State (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1998), 239 pp., paper, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN188812539X, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. An illustrated tribute to "the proud tradition and contributions of the builders of Alaska."
Andresen, Decema Kimball. Memories of Latouche (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1997), 38 pp., paper, $8.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN1888125179, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. The author grew up at the Prince William Sound copper mine on Latouche Island.
Bailey, Ronald T. Frozen in Silver: The Life and Frontier Photography of P. E. Larson (Athens, OH : Swallow Press, 1998), 287 pp., cloth, ISBN0804009996, $44.95 plus postage, or paper, ISBN0804010005, $24.95 plus postage, Scott Quadrangle, Athens, OH 45701. Swedish immigrant, P. E. Larss (later Larson), became a frontier photographer, working his way West through Minnesota, California, and British Columbia before joining the Klondike Gold Rush and making his fortune. He later set up his studio in Nevada and eventually settled in Oregon.
Bodeau, Jean. Katmai : National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Anchorage : Alaska Natural History Association : Greatland Graphics, 1992), 205 pp., paperback, $14.95 + $3.00 shipping, ISBN0936425164, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 West Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Complete guide to one of the nations premiere national parks, including photos, maps, and supplemental information on four adjacent conservation areas.
Bowers, Don. Back of the Pack : An Iditarod Rookie Mushers Alaska Pilgrimage to Nome (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1998), 395 pp., paperback, $17.95, ISBN1888125241, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. With no mushing experience and little money, the author started from scratch to put together a dog team and run the Iditarod.
Branson, John B. Bristol Bay, Alaska, From the Hinterlands to Tidewater: A Grassroots Pictorial, 1885-1965 (Anchorage : Alaska Support Office, National Park Service, 1998), 119 pp., paper, ISBN0941555046, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Limited edition album of annotated photographs and newspaper clippings, compiled and reproduced by the Ranger-Historian for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
© Brice, Jennifer. The Last Settlers, photos by Charles Mason (Pittsburgh : Duquesne University Press, 1998), 171 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN820702900, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Begun by the authors, both Alaska residents, in 1991, the examination of the lives of two twentieth-century pioneer families became a documentation of the end of the American migration to the frontier. One of the families settled near Lake Minchumina, the other near the Ahtna village of Slana.
Brown, Steve. Native Visions: Evolution in Northwest Coast Art from the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Century (Seattle : Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 1998), 216 pp., cloth, $70.00 plus postage, ISBN0295976578, or paper, $40.00 plus postage, ISBN0295976586, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Lavishly illustrated museum exhibit catalog.
Burch, Ernest S., Jr. The Inupiaq Eskimo Nations of Northwest Alaska (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1998), 473 pp., cloth, ISBN0912006951, $49.95 plus $3.50 postage, or paper, ISBN091200696X, $31.95 plus $3.50 postage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. A social geography which contends that autonomous societies equivalent to nations existed in this area until the late nineteenth century. Won the 1999 Benjamin Franklin Award (for books published in 1998, sponsored by the Publishers Marketing Association for excellence in editing and design) for the multicultural category. ASD
Byrd, Richard E. To the Pole : the Diary and Notebook of Richard E. Byrd, 1925-1927, edited by Raimund E. Goerler (Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State University Press, 1998), 161 pp., cloth, $19.95, ISBN0814208002, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210, 800 437-4439. Did Byrd really fly over the North Pole first? The editor, OSU archivist, discovered these in 1996 while cataloging Byrds papers. But they seem to only muddy the waters even more rather than clarifying the controversy.
Campbell, John Martin. North Alaska Chronicle: Notes from the End of Time (Santa Fe : Museum of New Mexico Press, 1998), 160 pp., cloth, ISBN0890133530, $45.00 plus postage, or paper, ISBN0890133549, $29.95 plus postage, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Traditional Nunamiut culture and lifeways depicted through the eyes of Anaktuvuk Pass resident Simon Paneak; includes drawings and historical photographs.
Carter, Robert Randolph. Searching for the Franklin Expedition : the Arctic Journal of Robert Randolph Carter, edited by Harold B. Gill, Jr. and Joanne Young (Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1998), 201 pp., cloth, $33.00, ISBN1557503214, U.S. Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. A day by day account of the 1850-1851 expedition in search of the British naval captain, his two ships, and 129 men of the Royal Navy who had vanished into a frozen region of northern Canada on a quest for the Northwest Passage in 1845.
© Chandonnet, Ann. Alaskas Arts, Crafts & Collectibles (Anchorage : Chandonnet Editing and Research : distributed by Todd Communications, 1998), 193 pp., paperback, $20.55, ISBN0966299906, 203 West Fifteenth Avenue, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99501. A comprehensive combination of directory and dictionary, the alphabetic listing of "materials, art forms, and motifs" provides a definition of the form or material then lists other information, for example sources, designers, practitioners, and manufacturers, but lacks contact information. Useful appendixes and index.
Christensen, Ione J. Chilkoot: The Gold Rush Trail (Whitehorse : Cameras North, 1994), 32 pp., paper, $6.95 plus $6.00 postage, order from Macs Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B2. Album of contemporary color photographs taken along the trail.
Clayton, Patti H. Connection on the Ice : Environmental Ethics in Theory and Practice (Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1998), 303 pp., cloth, $69.95, ISBN1566396158, or paperback, $24.95, ISBN1566396166, University Services 083-42, 1601 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122-6099. On Friday, October 7, 1988, Roy Ahmaogak of Barrow, Alaska, discovered three young gray whales trapped in ice off the Arctic coast. The three-week rescue operation that followed cost more than a million dollars and grew to include a host of corporate, governmental, scientific, and individual participants.
Cochrane, Marjorie. Between Two Rivers : the Growth of Chugiak-Eagle River, Alaska, updated edition (Anchorage : Alaska State Historical Commission, 1997 1983), 192 pp., paperback, $19.95, ISBN0943712122, 3601 C Street, Suite 1278, Anchorage, AK 99503-5921. The fiftieth anniversary of its founding serves as the occasion for the revision and reissue of this long out-of-print 1982 work, with an added update, "The Eagles Return to Yukla Valley."
Cohen, Stan. The Alaska Flying Expedition: The U.S. Armys 1920 New York to Nome Flight (Missoula, MT : Pictorial Histories Publications, 1998), 112 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN157510041X, 713 South Third, Missoula, MT 59801. Tells the story of the three-month round-trip flight in a log of each leg, accompanied by surviving photographs of the journey.
© Collins, Miki and Julie Collins. Riding the Wild Side of Denali : Alaskan Adventures with Horses and Huskies (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 224 pp., paperback, $14.95 + $5.00 postage, ISBN094539764X, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Twin sisters living a traditional lifestyle in the vast Interior wilderness describe their experiences with their sled dogs and uniquely sturdy Icelandic horses.
© Cook, Ann Mariah. Running North : A Yukon Adventure (Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 1998), 312 pp., cloth, $21.95, ISBN1565122135, or paperback, $12.95, ISBN1565122534, or large print (Wheeler Pub.), ISBN156895638X, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225. Account of how the author, her husband, and their young daughter moved to Alaska to run the Yukon Quest, the toughest sled dog race in the world.
Cook, Linda and Frank Norris. A Stern and Rock-Bound Coast: Kenai Fjords National Park Historic Resource Study (Anchorage : National Park Service, Alaska Support Office, 1998), 429 pp., paper, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. One in a series of publications describing the prehistory and history of National Park units in Alaska. This study develops a broad historic context for the outer coast, its heroes, and their contributions to the regions history.
Cooper, Doreen C. Archeological Investigations in Skagway, Volume 7: Residential Life on Block 39 (Skagway : U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1998), 380 pp., paper, request from Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, P.O. Box 517, Skagway, AK 99840. A study of cultural remains from a now-vacant lot in the gold rush boom town.
Created Equal : a Report on Gender Equity in Alaska EducationThen and Now (Juneau, Madden Associates in association with Alaska Department of Education, [et al.], 1998), 11 pp., paperback. Order from Madden Associates, P.O. Box 21826, Juneau, AK 99802-1826. Overview of legislation, history, results, and status of gender equity issues related to education in Alaska.
Cruikshank, Julie. The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1998), 211 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN0803214901, 312 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. A study of indigenous oral narratives and their roles in Yukon Native society, by a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Daugherty, Paula M. and Becky M. Saleeby. Elmendorf Air Force Base Homestead Study (Anchorage : National Park Service, Alaska Support Office, 1998), 82 pp., paper, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Illustrated history of the cultural remains of civilian homesteads which were incorporated into Elemendorf Air Force Base, near Anchorage, in the early 1940s.
DeArmond, Robert N. A History of the Kettleson Memorial Library, the Public Library of Sitka, Alaska, 1923-1998 (Sitka : [Kettleson Memorial Library], 1998), 36 pp., paper, 320 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835-7553. Illustrated history of the library, its various locations, and the people who made it possible.
DeArmond, Robert N. Old Gold: Historical Vignettes of Juneau, Alaska, edited by June Hall and Renee Guerin, 2nd revised edition (Juneau : Gastineau Channel Historical Society and KINY, 1997), 68 pp., $15.95 plus postage, order from Hearthside Books, 8745 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801. A new edition of the 1985 collection written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of radio station KINY.
DeArmond, Robert N. The USS Saginaw in Alaska Waters, 1867-1868 (Kingston, Ont. ; Fairbanks : Limestone Press : University of Alaska Press [distributor], 1997), 145 pp., cloth, $22.00, ISBN1895901103 (Alaska history no. 46), P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. The first U.S. warship built on the Pacific coast sails the inner waterways of Southeast Alaska to explore and survey, but ends up taking punitive actions against several Tlingit settlements.
DeArmond, Robert N. and Patricia Roppel. Baranof Islands Eastern Shore: "The Waterfall Coast" (Sitka : Arrowhead Press, 1997), 63 pp., paper, $10.00 plus $4.00 postage, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. A guide to the history of part of a large island in southeast Alaska, illustrated with maps, charts, and historical photographs.
Denton, Pedro. Boats of Alaska : An Artists Guide to Alaskas Commercial Fishing Boats (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1998), 80 pp., paperback, $24.95, ISBN1888125284, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. The authors paintings cover basic fishing activities along Alaskas coast, depicting boats at work in their natural environments.
Dick, Gerri and Dean Littlepage. Yukon River Guide : a Journey Through Time : From Dawson City to Circle (Anchorage : Alaska Natural History Association, 1998), 63 pp., paperback, $17.95, ISBN0930931211, 401 West First Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Describes the upper river and its land, the geography and natural history, checklists of gear and of birds, plus 20 maps to follow the route.
Dillon, Patrick. Lost at Sea : an American Tragedy (New York : Dial Press, 1998), 264 pp., cloth, $23.95, ISBN0385314213, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. A journalist examines how the Americus/Altair disaster is indicative of the problems with American fishing, an industry that annually tops the list of "Most Dangerous Occupations," and what has been done in the tragedy's aftermath.
Dorsey, Kurkpatrick. The Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy : U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Treaties in the Progressive Era (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1998), 311 pp., cloth, $35.00, ISBN0295976764, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Contends that successful conservation treaties came only after conservationists learned to use scientific evidence, public sentiment, and economic incentives in their campaigns for protective legislation.
Dunn, John Asher. Smalgyax : a Reference Dictionary and Grammar for the Coast Tsimshian Language (Seattle : University of Washington Press ; Juneau : Sealaska Heritage Foundation, 1995), 259 pp., paperback, $37.50, ISBN0295974192, Sealaska Heritage Foundation, One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 201, Juneau, AK 99801-1249. Facsimile reprint of John Dunns classic, previously two-volume, work published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the late 1970s.
Dzugan, Jerry and Dan Falvey. Spawn, Spat, and Sprains : a Manual for Aquaculture Safety in Alaska (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program, 1998), 84 pp., paperback, $6.00, ISBN1566120551, P.O. Box 755040, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040. Provides illustrated information on safety risks and methods of risk reduction for aquaculture employees. ASD
Ellis, Pat. From Fish Camps to Cold Storages; a Brief History of the Petersburg Area to 1927 ([Petersburg, AK : Clausen Memorial Museum, 1998), 102p., $8.00 + postage. Order from: P.O. Box 708, Petersburg, AK 99833. Covers Petersburgs first thirty years.
Ellis, Robert E. (Bob) and Margaret R. (Peg) Ellis. What No Landing Field? : Adventures of an Alaska Seaplane Pilot, edited by Elizabeth Richardson (Ward Cove : E.S. Richardson, 1998), 167 pp., paperback, $24.95, ISBN0966039610, E.S. Richardson, P.O. Box 662, Ward Cove, AK 99928. This reissue of the original 1969 edition tells the story of a pioneer Alaska aviator and founder of Ellis Air Lines and life in the Alaska Territory.
© Emanuel, Richard P. Steve McCutcheons Alaska, Volume 25, Number 1 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage: Alaska Geographic Society, 1998), 96 pp., paper, $21.95 plus $4.00 postage, P.O. Box 93370PR, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. Tribute to a life-long Alaskan and photographer with selections from sixty years of photographs. Anchorage Museum of History and Art now holds these images in their collections.
Engfer, Julie and Michelle Roberts, editors, International Symposium on Mining (Circa 1850-2000 and Beyond): Proceedings Publication (Fairbanks: Festival Fairbanks, 1997), 349 pp., paper, $33.00 postpaid, P.O. Box 74086, Fairbanks, AK 99707. Papers delivered at the conference held in Fairbanks September 9-14, 1997; includes much history from the gold rush era.
Fairy Tales and Myths of the Bering Strait Chukchi, edited by Alexander B. Dolitsky, 2nd edition (Juneau : Alaska-Siberia Research Center, 1997), 136 pp., paperback, $15.00, ISBN0965389111, P.O. Box 34871, Juneau, AK 99803. Intricate design, careful attention to cultural detail, expansive scope, and intriguing themes in more than 60 tales make it both educational and entertaining. Includes glossary and bibliography.
Ferrell, Ed. The Dangerous North (Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, Inc., 1998), 162 pp., paperback, $15.00, ISBN0788410652, 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Suite 301, Bowie, MD 20716, 1-800-398-7709. A collection of 26 accounts of death and survival that chronicle the harsh realities of life on the northern frontier.
Ferrell, Ed. Frontier Justice (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1998), 146 pp., paper, $17.50 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN078840881X, 1540-E Pointer Place Ridge, Suite 301, Bowie, MD 20716, 1-800-398-7709. Adventures in law and order from Alaskan history.
© First Fish, First People : Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim, edited by Judith Roche and Meg McHutchison (Seattle : One Reel in association with University of Washington Press, 1998), 199 pp., paperback, $24.95, ISBN0295977396, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Writers from two continents and four countries of the Pacific Rim write about "the fish of the gods" from both a historical and a contemporary perspective.
Fobes, Natalie. I Dream Alaska (Anchorage, Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 96 pp., cloth, $16.95, ISBN0882405012, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. The award winning writer and photographer presents an intimate and impressionistic vision of the Alaska she has documented in her fifteen years of adventures in the North.
Freedman, Lew. Fishing for a Laugh : Reel Humor from Alaska (Seattle : Epicenter Press, 1998), 159 pp., paperback, $14.95, ISBN0945397674, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Sports editor for the Anchorage Daily News relates humorous tales of fishing in Alaska.
Gariepy, Henry. A Century of Service in Alaska, 1898-1998 : the Story & Saga of the Salvation Army in "the Last Frontier" (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. : The Salvation Army, USA Western Territory, 1998), 145 pp., paperback, 30840 Hawthorne, Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. The story of the compassionate service of the Salvation Army in Alaska.
Gentry, Roger L. Behavior and Ecology of the Northern Fur Seal (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998), 392 pp., cloth, $75.00, ISBN0691033455, 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Covering the behavior and ecology of the northern fur seal, this book is a model long-term academic study of marine mammals, one that tests theory through both observation of undisturbed behavior and manipulative experiments on individuals.
Gillette, Gary H. The Yakutat Fish Train: An Historic Overview of the Yakutat and Southern Railroad Located in Yakutat, Alaska ([Juneau?] : Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Southeast Region, 1998), 19 pp., paper, 6860 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801-7999. Illustrated account of a ten-mile rail line which operated from 1903-1969, hauling raw fish to a cannery. ASD
Gold Panning : a Guide to Recreational Gold Panning on the Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Alaska ([Anchorage?] : United States Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Alaska Region, 1997), 26 pp., paperback, free, GPO 37-181834. Produced by a group from the Chugach National Forest and from the Bureau of Land Management, this guide gives all the necessary information on recreational panning for gold, including maps and panning sites.
Goldschmidt, Walter R. and Theodore H. Haas, Haa Aani=Our Land: Tlingit and Haida Land Rights and Use (Juneau : Sealaska Heritage Foundation, in association with University of Washington Press, 1998), 219 pp., paper, $35.00 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN029597639X, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. A reprint of the 1946 federal government report "Possessory Rights of the Natives of Southeastern Alaska," adding the eighty-eight original Native witness statements, an introduction by Thomas F. Thornton, and reminiscences by Walter R. Goldschmidt. An important document in the history of Alaskan Native land claims.
Gough, Barry. First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1997), 264 pp., cloth, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 0-8061-2944-1 or paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN0806130024, P.O. Box 787, Norman, OK 73070-0787. Volume 14 in the "Oklahoma Western Biographies" series. Reveals the international impact of Mackenzies expeditions and his vital role in the history of the fur trade and the American West.
Great Northern Lost Moose Catalogue. (Whitehorse : Lost Moose Pub., 1997), 224 pp., paperback, US$19.95, ISBN1896758029, 58 Kluane Crescent, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Y1A 3G7. Collection of writings, some practical, some whimsical, from the part of North America (the Yukon, in this case) containing more moose than people.
© Guide to Alaska Geologic and Mineral Information, E. Ellen Daley, editor (Fairbanks : Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 1998), 90 pp., spiral bound, (Information circular 44), available free from Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, ATTN: Geologic Communications, 794 University Avenue, Suite 200, Fairbanks, AK 99709-3645. This attractive, well-organized, and information-rich guide was designed to help geologists, miners, educators, students, and all Alaskans find information about geology and mining in Alaska. ASD
Hahn, Otis and Alice Vollmar. Pay Dirt : Fortunes and Misfortunes of an Alaska Gold Miner (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 158 pp., paperback, $14.95, ISBN0945397682, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. After spending much of his first fifty years dreaming of mining for gold in Alaska, the author turned his Minnesota farm over to his son and headed north to follow his dream.
Hall, Edwin S., Jr. The Eskimo Storyteller : Folktales from Noatak, Alaska (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1998 1975), 491 pp., paperback, $25.95, ISBN1889996302, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. A paperback reissue of the classic authoritative account of the narrative history of place and people in Northwest Alaska.
© Halliday, Jan. Native Peoples of Alaska : a Travelers Guide to Land, Art, and Culture ((Seattle : Sasquatch Books, 1998), 288 pp., paperback, $17.95, ISBN1570611009, 615 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Activities and destinations described and detailed travel information provided.
Haskell, William B. Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold-Fields, 1896-1898 : Thrilling Narrative of Life in the Gold Mines and Camps (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1998), 578 pp., cloth, $34.95, ISBN1889963011, or paperback, $18.95, ISBN1889963003 (Classic reprint series, no. 5), University of Alaska Press, P.O. Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Back in print after 100 years, this major autobiographical work of an eyewitness account of the Klondike stampede is now accompanied by a new preface by the series editor, Terrence Cole. ASD
Haycox, Stephen W. The Law of the Land: A History of the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Law in Alaska (Juneau : Alaska Department of Law, 1998), 258 pp., paper, P.O. Box 110300, Juneau, AK 99811-0300. Primarily a history of the office since statehood, but also includes an essay titled "Before Statehood: Law in the Territory of Alaska." ASD
© Helping Kids SucceedAlaskan Style (Juneau : Association of Alaska School Boards, 1998), 190 pp., spiral bound, order from Derek Peterson, Director of Child/Youth Advocacy, Association of Alaska School Boards, 316 W. 11th St., Juneau, AK 99801. Based on Search Institutes Developmental Assets Framework model, approaches to building and measuring assets, ideas for parents and family, schools and institutions, communities, teens, and organizations to practice, plus references and resources. ASD
Hetteen, Edgar with Jay Lemke. Breaking Trail (Bemidji, MN : Focus Publishing, 1998), 282 pp., cloth, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN1885904991, 1375 Washington Avenue South, Bemidji, MN 56601. Autobiography of Hetteen, the "grandfather of snowmobiling," who founded two pioneer snowmobile companies and demonstrated his machines in a 1960 run from Bethel to Fairbanks.
Hilson, Stephen E. Exploring Alaska & British Columbia (Shoreline, Wash. : Evergreen Pacific Publishing, Ltd., 1997), 111 pp., spiral bound, $69.95, ISBN094526559X, 18002 15th Avenue NE, Suite B, Shoreline, WA 98155-3838. Reprint of this historical reference atlas with annotated charts and color photographs.
© Hudson, Ray. Moments Rightly Placed: An Aleutian Memoir (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 223 pp., paper, $14.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN0945397496, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. A schoolteacher tells what he learned from the Native elders of Unalaska from the time he moved to that Aleutian town in 1964 until he left in 1992.
I Danced with Joy : Bishop Michael H. Kenny Remembered, edited by Kathy VanderJack and Karla Donaghey (Juneau : VanderJack, 1998), 159 pp., paperback, $15.00 + $3.00 postage, order from Diocese of Juneau, 419 6th St., Juneau, AK 99801. Collection of personal remembrances of the lively Bishop of Juneau, who died suddenly in 1995.
Ivanov, Viacheslav. The Russian Orthodox Church of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and Its Relation to Native American TraditionsAn Attempt at a Multicultural Society, 1794-1912 (Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1997), 61 pp., paper, ISBN0160487811, order from U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SSOP, Washington, D.C., 20402-9238. Written to accompany a 1994 exhibit and based on extensive church records preserved at the Library of Congress.
Iversen, Eve. The Romance of Nikolai Rezanov and Concepcion Arguello : a Literary Legend and Its Effect on California History, edited with historical notes by Richard A. Pierce (Kingston, Ont. ; Fairbanks : Limestone Press : University of Alaska Press [distributor], 1998), 156 pp., paperback, $20.00, ISBN1895901227 (Alaska history no. 48), P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Includes "The Concha Arguello story : memory visits with old Vinnie," by Father Maurice M. OMoore, O.P. Founder of the Russian American Company and the daughter of the commandant of the Presidio of San Francisco have a brief but powerful romance, then he returns to Russia to die the next year.
Jacobson, Steven A. Yupik Dialect Atlas and Study (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, 1998), 224 pp., paperback, $35.00, ISBN1555000665, Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680. Chiefly black and white maps, though some in color, depict the distribution of word choices by village when a given item has two or more Yupik equivalents.
Jenkins, Malinda. Gamblers Wife: The Life of Malinda Jenkins, As Told in Conversations to Jesse Lilienthal (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1998), 296 pp., paperback, $14.00 plus postage, ISBN0803276079, 312 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. Reissue of the 1933 edition which tells of Jenkins adventurous life; in 1897 she crossed the Chilkoot Pass to join her gambler husband in Dawson.
Jensen, Gregory C. Pacific Coast Crabs and Shrimps (Monterey, Calif. : Sea Challengers, 1995), 87 pp., paperback, $21.95, ISBN0930118200,4 Sommerset Rise, Monterey, CA 93940. For non-specialists, this is intended to simplify the identification of the crabs, shrimps, and related crustaceans found from Southeastern Alaska to the Mexican border.
Johnson, Robert David. Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition (Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1998), 375 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN0674260600, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Biography of the Harvard medical school graduate who turned to journalism and later to politics, serving as governor of Alaska and then as one of the states first U.S. senators.
© Jonaitis, Aldona, editor. Looking North: Art from the University of Alaska Museum (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1998), 206 pp., cloth, $60.00 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0295976934, or paper, $35.00 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0295976942, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Illustrated catalog featuring 138 art objects, from prehistoric to modern times; accompanied by transcribed conversations among ten Native and non-Native art experts.
Jones, Douglas N. and Bradford H. Tuck. Privatization of State-Owned Utility Enterprises : the Alaska Case Revisited Thirty Years Later (Columbus, Ohio : National Regulatory Research Institute, 1997), 36 pp., paperback, $23.95, (Occasional paper #21), National Regulatory Research Institute, Ohio State University, 1080 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1002. A technical look at the motivations for privatization of the Alaska Communication System (ACS), the original goals, and the actual results.
King, J. C. H. and Henrietta Lidchi, editors, Imaging the Arctic (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1998), 256 pp., paper, $40.00 plus postage, ISBN0295977248, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Arising from a conference held at the British Museum in 1996, this volume contains over 200 historical photographs of indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic and some of the stores behind them.
Kipnirmiut Tiganrita Igmirtitlrit = Qipnermiut Tegganrita Egmirtellrit = The Legacy of the Kipnuk Elders, edited by Alice Fredson, [et al.] (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, 1998), 353 pp., paperback, ISBN1555000711, Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680. Printed in two different writing systems of the Central Yupik language, relates narratives of Kipnuk elders not found anywhere else.
The Klondike News : the Adventures of Livermore Area Residents from 1897 to 1906 During the Alaska Gold Rush, edited by G.B. Drummond and Anna T. Siig (Livermore, Calif. : Livermore Heritage Guild, 1998), 250 pp., paperback, P.O. Box 961, Livermore, CA 94551-0961. Fifty residents of Livermore, California transfer their close-knit society to the Alaskan gold fields.
Kocour, Ruth Anne. Facing the Extreme : One Womans Story of True Courage, Death-Defying Survival, and Her Quest for the Summit as told to Michael Hodgson (New York : St. Martins Press, 1998), 256 pp., cloth, $22.95, ISBN0312179421, or paperback, $6.99, ISBN0312969856, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. An account by the only female member of a ten-person team that began an ascent of Mt. McKinley in May 1992. Nine days later, a massive weather system, the most violent on record, slammed into the mountain, trapping them on an ice shelf at 14,000 feet for 11 days and leaving them to fight for their very survival.
Krug, John W. and Caryl Sale Krug, One Dog Short: The Odyssey and Collection of a Family in Alaska During the Gold Rush Years (Juneau : Alaska Department of Education, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, 1998), 204 pp., paper, $31.50 plus $4.00 postage, distributed by Friends of the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1718. Illustrated history of a family living in Dawson, Nome and Fairbanks ; includes color photographs of their extensive ivory artifact collection which was recently donated to the Alaska State Museum. ASD
Lada-Mocarski, Valerian. Bibliography of Books on Alaska Published Before 1868 (Mansfield Centre, CT : Maurizio Martino Fine Books, 1998), 567 pp., cloth, $90.00 plus postage, P.O. Box 373, Mansfield Centre, CT 06250. A facsimile reprint of the classic 1969 work devoted to first editions of books on Alaska before the end of the Russian period (limited to 200 copies).
Lahser, Otto. Backdoor to the Yukon, edited by Carl Lahser (San Antonio : Pretense Press, 1996), 79 pp., paper, $8.95 plus $4.00 postage, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. A gold rush diary from 1898-99, edited and annotated by the authors nephew. This gold rush prospector took one of the all-Canada routes to the Yukon.
Lawrence, Iain. Sea Stories of the Inside Passage : in the Wake of the Nid (Bishop, Calif. : Fine Edge Productions, 1997), 167 pp., paperback, $13.95, ISBN0938665472, Route 2 Box 303, Bishop, CA 93514. Personal stories that capture the essence and flavor of the Inside Passage.
Lee, Molly. Baleen Basketry of the North Alaskan Eskimo (Seattle : University of Washington Press in association with the University of Alaska Museum, 1998 1983), 82 pp., paperback, $17.95, ISBN0295976853, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Completely redesigned edition of the 1983 work, the first book on this unusual basket form, covering history, characteristics, and construction, as well as profiling the creators. New forward, preface, and introduction.
Lessons My Sled Dog Taught Me : Humor and Heartwarming Tails from Alaskas Mushers / collected by Tina Brown ; illustrations by Amanda Brannon (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 160 pp., cloth, $9.95, ISBN0945397690, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Collection of words of wisdom, humor, insight, and inspiration from the men and women who run dog teams.
Lipka, Jerry. Transforming the Culture of Schools : Yupik Eskimo Examples (Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998), 246 pp., cloth, $49.95, ISBN0805828206, or paperback, $24.00, ISBN0805828214, 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Addresses issues of equity and school transformation, and shows how one indigenous minority teachers group transformed schooling in their community.
Lowder, Norma. We Gratefully Come, Remembering, Rejoicing (Houston : The Author, 1998), 54 pp., comb-bound, 7480 Beachnut, #127, Houston, TX 77074. Illustrated history of the Jesse Lee Home at Unalaska, written on the occasion of placing a commemorative marker at the site of the orphanage and school.
© Luke, Howard. My Own Trail (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Knowledge Network, 1998), 112 pp., paperback, $10.00, ISBN1877962325, P.O. Box 756730, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6730. A message on the importance of the respect for elders and their guidance and support, and how that respect serves as a basis for success in life.
Lundberg, Murray. Fractured Veins & Broken Dreams: Montana Mountain and the Windy Arm Stampede (Whitehorse : Pathfinder Publications, 1998), 160 pp., paper, $19.95 plus $6.00 postage, order from Macs Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B2. Story of a 1905 silver strike in the area between Windy Arm and Carcross in southern Yukon.
MacDonald, John. The Arctic Sky : Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore, and Legend (Toronto : Royal Ontario Museum ; Iqaluit, N.W.T. : Nunavut Research Institute, 1998), 313 pp., paperback, US$29.95, ISBN0888544278,100 Queens Park, Toronto, ONT M5S 2C6. Combines interviews with Inuit elders and historical records of arctic explorers to describe a journey through the Arctic night.
MacLaren, E. Wolves : Ecology, Conservation and Management : an Annotated Bibliography (Edmonton, Alta. : Canadian Circumpolar Institute, 1997), 197 pp., paperback, $20.00, ISBN1896445063 (Northern Reference Series, no. 6), CCI Press, Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta, 3rd Floor, 8820-112 Street, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E1. Awarded the 1999 Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural Sciences, this scholarly bibliography includes references contained in Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World, supplemented by references recovered through a search of various databases and personal collections.
© Macnair, Peter L. Down from the Shimmering Sky : Masks of the Northwest Coast (Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre ; Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1998), 192 pp., paperback, $30.00, ISBN0295977094, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. This exhibition catalog presents two centuries of masks made by First Nations artists on the Pacific Northwest Coast. The accompanying text surveys the four dimensions of the cosmos and issues related to the creation and marketing of the masks.
Malloy, Mary. "Boston Men" on the Northwest Coast : the American Maritime Fur Trade, 1788-1844 (Kingston, Ont. ; Fairbanks : Limestone Press : University of Alaska Press [distributor], 1998), 232 pp., cloth, $28.00, ISBN1895901189 (Series: Alaska history no. 47), P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Explores the strong commercial ties that bound New Englands merchant mariners to the native peoples of the Northwest Coast. Includes information listed by ships name.
© Mason, Owen K. Living with the Coast of Alaska (Durham : Duke University Press, 1997), 348 pp., cloth, $54.95, ISBN0822320096, or paperback, $19.95, ISBN0822320193 (Series: Living with the shore), 905 W. Main Street, Suite 18B, Durham, NC 27701, 1-888-651-0122. A users guide for both present and future inhabitants of Alaska with its 45,000 miles of coast. Provides the fundamentals of hazard recognition and mitigation strategy; discusses the geological history of Alaska and its relation to the areas cultural history; and presents customized hazard risk assessments for coastal communities.
Matsen, Bradford. Fishing Up North : Stories of Luck and Loss in Alaskan Waters (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 223 pp., paperback, $14.95, ISBN0882405020, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. True stores set in all kinds of weather, all kinds of boats, and all kinds of ports, all in Alaskan waters.
McDowell, Jim. Jose Narvaez : the Forgotten Explorer : Including His Narrative of a Voyage on the Northwest Coast in 1788 (Spokane, Wash. : Arthur H. Clark Company, 1998), 189 pp., cloth, $32.50, ISBN087062265X, P.O. Box 14707, Spokane, WA 99214. This young navigator was the first Spaniard to reconnoiter a functioning Russian fur trading outpost in the North Pacific, and the first European to probe San Juan de Fuca Strait, sail across Georgia Strait, explore its islands, and discover the future site of Vancouver, B.C.
McLeod-Everette, Sharon. Walk Softly With Me : Adventures of a Woman Big-Game Guide in Alaska (Fairbanks : Vanessapress, 1998), 174 pp., paperback, $17.00, ISBN0940055503, P.O. Box 82761, Fairbanks, AK 99708. The author relates her life-long experiences with the outdoors and big-game hunting in Alaska.
Meredith, Susan. Alaskas Search for a Killer: A Seafaring Medical Adventure, 1946 to 1948 (Juneau : Alaska Public Health Nursing History Association, 1998), 271 pp., paper, $21.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0965984915, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. The cruise of the MV Hygiene, a floating medical clinic fighting rampant tuberculosis in Alaskas coastal villages.
Metcalfe, Peter. The First 25 Years : a History of Goldbelt, Incorporated (Juneau : Goldbelt, Inc., 1998), 64 pp., paperback, 9097 Glacier Hwy., Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801. An illustrated history of the ANSCA corporation for Juneau, Alaska.
Miller, Jay. Tsimshian Culture: A Light Through the Ages (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1997), 202 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN080323192X, 312 N. Lincoln Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. Scholarly overview of Tsimshian culture in space and time.
© Morgan, Lael. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush (Fairbanks, AK : Epicenter Press, 1998), 352 pp., cloth, $24.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN0945397631, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Stories of the prostitutes, dance hall girls, and entertainers who accompanied the men of the gold rush era. Alaska Historical Society award for history book of the year, 1998.
Morrison, William R. True North: The Yukon and Northwest Territories (Toronto : Oxford University Press, 1998), 202 pp., paper, $29.95 plus $6.00 postage, order from Macs Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B2. Part of the "Illustrated History of Canada" series, written by a history professor from the University of Northern British Columbia.
Morseth, Michele. Puyulek Puirtuq! = The People of the Volcanoes: Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve Ethnographic Overview & Assessment (Anchorage : National Park Service, Lake Clark / Katmai National Park and Preserve, 1998), 186 pp., paper, ISBN0941555054, request from National Park Service, 4230 University Drive, Suite 311, Anchorage, AK 99508. Illustrated history of this remote National Park unit on the Alaska Peninsula.
Moss, H. P. One Alaskans Potpourri : Volume 1, the Homestead Years (Eagle River, Alaska : Eagle River Type and Graphics, 1997), 228 pp., paperback, $14.95 + $4.00 postage, ISBN 0965307417, 17050 N. Eagle River Loop Rd., #3, Eagle River, AK 99577-7804. The former State Senator remembers his years as a homesteading grandfather in the 1970s.
Muckle, Robert J. The First Nations of British Columbia : an Anthropological Survey (Vancouver, B.C. : UBC Press, 1998), 146 pp., paperback, $16.95, ISBN077480663X, UBC Press, University of British Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada. Presents a concise and accessible overview of First Nations peoples, cultures, and issues in the province. The author currently teaches anthropology at Capilano College in North Vancouver.
Murray, Marti. Memory Eternal I: A Baseline Inventory of the Burials Surrounding the Holy Ascension Cathedral at Unalaska, Alaska (Unalaska : The Author, 1997), 48 pp., paper, $15.00 postpaid, 46170 Spruce Place, Kenai, AK 99611. Illustrated with color photographs, this booklet inventories thirty-eight graves on the grounds of this Russian Orthodox cathedral and gives brief biographies of those who are buried.
Nelson, Jerry Ray. Alaska Burning (St.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec : Shoreline, 1998), 144 pp., paperback, US$16.95, ISBN189675404X, 23 Ste-Anne, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 1L1. One mans adventures as an emergency fire fighter in Eagle, Alaska.
Nice, Philip with Walter Johnson, The Alaska Health Aide Program: A Tradition of Helping Ourselves ([Anchorage : Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies], 1998), 64 pp., paper, $10.00, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. Chronology and description of Alaskas unique program which uses local residents to provide health care in rural locations.
Northstine, Greg L. A Revolving Door Syndrome : Alaska Natives Introduction and Entry into the States Criminal Justice System (Juneau : Alaska. Legislature. Joint Senate and House Finance Subcommittee on Corrections, 1997), 42 pp., paperback. "Prepared for the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature and other interested parties." ASD
© OClair, Rita M. and Charles E. OClair. Southeast Alaskas Rocky Shores : Animals / illustrations by Katherine M. Hocker, Patricia S. Holley, and Alice Slattery Tersteeg (Auke Bay, Alaska : Plant Press, 1998), A companion to her 1996 work, Southeast Alaskas Rocky Shores : Seaweeds and Lichens, this guide to over 460 species of invertebrate and vertebrate animals also includes a chapter on intertidal ecology which serves to integrate some information found both here and in the sister volume. Many species apply not only to Southeast, but also throughout the Gulf of Alaska.
ODonnell, Jack. Alaska Panhandle Tales : or Funny Things Happened Up North (Seaside, Ore. : Frontier Pub., 1996), 181 pp., paperback, $16.95, ISBN0939116405, P.O. Box 441, Seaside, OR 97138. The author, a commercial fisherman and guide, portrays the unusual men and women who came to Southeast Alaska and left their mark.
OKeefe, Betty and Ian Macdonald. The Final Voyage of the Princess Sophia : Did They All Have to Die? (Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House Pub. ; Bishop, Calif. : Fine Edge, 1998), 192 pp., paperback, $16.95, ISBN0938665618, or ISBN 1895811643, Route 2, Box 303, Bishop, CA 93514. Even after 80 years, the worst disaster of the Inside Passage still leaves lingering questions these journalists explore.
Ott, Riki. Alaskas Copper River Delta (Seattle, Artists for Nature Foundation in association with the University of Washington Press, 1998), 160 pp., paperback, $29.95, ISBN0295977434, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. The largest wetland on the Pacific coast of North America is depicted by 22 artists from 11 countries.
Perrin, Robert Keith. A Rabid Wolf : a Story About Three Ordinary Men (Anchorage : A.T. Printing & Publishing, 1998), 168 pp., paperback, $13.95, ISBN0966420004, Ke-Ko Alaska Sales, Inc., P.O. Box 142507, Anchorage, AK 99514. True stories relating personal experiences of the author and his family.
Porsild, Charlene. Gamblers and Dreamers: Women, Men, and Community in the Klondike (Vancouver : UBC Press, 1998), 250 pp., paper, $18.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0774806516, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. A social study of turn-of-the-century Dawson City.
Pradell, Steven. Alaska Family Law Handbook (Anchorage : Abracadabra Pub., 1998), 89 pp., paperback, $9.95, ISBN0966412702, P.O. Box 102062, Anchorage, AK 99510. Family law attorney leads the reader through the steps required for selecting an attorney, filing for divorce or dissolution, custody and visitation strategy, and how the legal process works. The majority of the material covers child-related issues.
Ravage, John W. Black Pioneers : Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier (Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, 1997), 224 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN0874805465, 1795 E. South Campus Dr., Suite 101, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112-9402, 800-773-6672. Descriptions (including photographs) and evaluations of black experiences on the American frontier, Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii in the areas of housing, employment, politics, education, economics, and social issues.
© Rearden, Jim. Alaskas Wolf Man: The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser (Missoula : Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1998), 330 pp., paper, $17.95 plus postage, ISBN157510-0479, 713 South Third Street West, Missoula, MT 59801. From the Interior to the Arctic, Frank Glaser made a living as market hunter, roadhouse operator, trapper, and government wolf hunter.
Roberts, Bruce and Ray Jones. Pacific Northwest Lighthouses : Oregon to the Aleutians (Old Saybrook, Conn. : The Globe Pequot Press, 1997), 88 pp., paperback, $19.95, ISBN0762700823, P.O. Box 833, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. A collection of photographs and textual descriptions of the lighthouses, with some historical ones sprinkled throughout.
Robinson, Michael P. Sea Otter Chiefs (Calgary : Bayeaux Arts Incorporated, 1996), 96 pp., cloth, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN1896209181, P.O. Box 586, 1 Holway Point, Machias, ME 04654. Life histories of three great Northwest Coast chiefsfrom the Kiusta, Yuquot, and Metlakahtla tribes--who masterminded the development of the sea otter pelt trade with the first seagoing capitalists from the West. The chiefs villages ranged from Queen Charlotte Island to Vancouver Island.
Roppel, Patricia. Land of Mists : Misty Fjords (publisher information unavailable),268 pp., spiral-bound, $35.00 plus postage, ISBN119901723X, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. A guide to Revillagigedo and Gravina Islands and Misty Fjords -- the most comprehensive book on the area.
Rutledge, Gene. Prudhoe BayDiscovery to Recovery! (Anchorage : Wolfe Business Services, 1998), 144 pp., paperback, ISBN0932571034,6930 Oakwood, Anchorage, AK 99507. Energy scientist and former project leader of Governor Hammonds effort to address Alaskas energy resources, operations and issues compiles the story of the people and organizations who made the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System possible, from the discovery of resources to its 20th anniversary.
Safe Passage Questioned : Medical Care and Safety for the Polar Tourist / John M. Levinson, editor; Errol Ger, medical editor (Centreville, Md. : Cornell Maritime Press, 1998), 178 pp., paperback, $24.95, ISBN0870335049, Centreville, MD 21617. Conclusions of world-class experts on the need for improvement in standards of safety and medical care for polar tourists.
Scott, Anne Theberge. The White Foam Flew: Perils in the Gulf of Alaska, 1947 to 1962 (Tacoma: Quiveir Press, 1998), 144 pp., paper, $15.95 plus $1.75 postage, ISBN0966124707, 702 Court A, Tacoma, WA 98402. A 97-year-old woman remembers her years of crewing on her sons fishing boat.
© Scully, Julia. Outside Passage: Memoir of an Alaskan Childhood (New York: Random House, 1998), 240 pp., cloth, $23.00 plus postage, ISBN0375500839, order from 400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157. A New York magazine editor remembers life with her sister and widowed mother in Nome and Fairbanks before and during World War II.
Selkregg, Jr., Fred M. The Intrepid Selkreggs Beat the AlcanOctober 1958 ([Anchorage: The Author, 1997?]), 55 pp., comb-bound. The Selkregg family leaves Illinois in a Buick Roadmaster pulling an enormous trailer, drives the Alcan Highway, and finds a new home in Anchorage.
Shape, William. Faith of Fools: A Journal of the Klondike Gold Rush (Pullman: Washington State University, 1998), 120 pp., paper, $24.95 plus $2.50 postage, ISBN0874221609, P.O. Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910. Previously unpublished journal and photographs from 1897-98.
© Sherwonit, Bill. Alaskas Bears : Grizzlies, Black Bears, and Polar Bears / photographs by Tom Walker (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 94 pp., paperback, $12.95, ISBN0882404997, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. Pocket-sized guidebook includes color photos, general natural history for each species, sites for bear-viewing, detailed maps, reading list, and index.
Simpson, Sherry. The Way Winter Comes : Alaska Stories (Seattle : Sasquatch Books, 1998), 164 pp., cloth, $19.95, ISBN1570611467, 615 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. The Chinook Literary Award winners essays relate true stories of her life in the great northern place with compelling clarity.
Skillman, Don. Adventure Kayaking : Trips in Glacier Bay (Berkeley, Calif. : Wilderness Press, 1998), 152 pp., paperback, $12.95, ISBN089997225X, 2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, 1-800-443-7227. Covers all major inlets and bays with tips, checklists, detailed descriptions, and accurate maps.
Smith, Blake W. Warplanes to Alaska (Blaine, WA: Hancock House, 1998), 256 pp., cloth, $39.95 plus postage, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Unofficial WWII history of a wilderness airway from Montana to Nome that linked remote communities and brought fortune seekers and entrepreneurs to the Yukon and Alaska, illustrated with historical photographs.
Stedman, Bill. The Book by the Goose Pilot (Petersburg : Pilot Publishing, Inc., 1998), 58 pp., paperback, $11.95, ISBN0964276348, P.O. Box 930, Petersburg, AK 99833. A pilot reflects on his family, Southeast Alaska, and flying.
Stoops, Gary and Noel Grunwaldt. Interviews with Alaskans (Anchorage : Anchorage School District, 1998), 131 pp. A gathering of interviews from some of the people who shaped and contributed to the formation of the city of Anchorage and the state of Alaska.
Straley, Janice M. and Christine M. Gabriele. Humpback Whales of Southeastern Alaska : a Catalog of Photographs (Sitka : University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, 1998), various pagings, paperback, 1332 Seward Avenue, Sitka, AK 99835. Classified set of photographs of identifying marks on tails of individual whales to develop sighting histories to track their movements.
© Tempelman-Kluit, Anne. A Klondike Christmas: Celebrating the Season in a Northern Frontier (Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1998), 160 pp., cloth, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN1551107708, 351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C4. An anthology of Christmas narratives taken from books, diaries, letters, and newpaper articles from the period 1882 to 1926.
Terra Pacifica : People and Place in the Northwest States and Western Canada, edited by Paul W. Hirt (Pullman, Wash. : WAS Press, 1998), 223 pp., cloth, $35.00, ISBN0874221633, or paperback, $18.95, ISBN0874221625, Washington State University Press, P.O. Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910, 1-800-354-7360. Ten widely recognized historians from the United States and Canada present thought-provoking insights about society, culture, and change in the great, resource-laden Northwest.
Thomson, John W. American Arctic Lichens : 2. The Microlichens / drawings by Lucy C. Taylor, photographs by Claudia S. Lipke (Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1997), 675 pp., cloth, $100.00, ISBN0299134601, 2537 Daniels Street, Madison, WI 53718. The "dean of North American lichenology" follows his 1984 first volume, The Macrolichens (published by Columbia University Press), with this monumental scholarly work. Essential for arctic ecologists and northern environmental scientists.
Townsend, Leroy Stewart. The Gold Rush Letters of Leroy Stewart Townsend, 1898-1899: The Valdez and Copper Valley, Alaska, edited by Peggy Jean Townsend, Patricia Roppel, and Art Petersen, (Auke Bay: Klondike Research, 1998), 166 pp., cloth, $34.95 plus postage, ISBN0965793850, or paper, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN0965793842, P.O. Box 210174, Auke Bay, AK 99821. A collection of previously unpublished photographs and letters from a medical doctor on the scurvy-ridden Valdez Trail.
Van Zyle, Jon. Jon van Zyles Alaska Sketchbook : Four Seasons in the Far North (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1998), 64 pp., cloth, $16.95 + $5.00 shipping, ISBN0945397658, P.O. Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. More than forty paintings, sketches, drawings, notes, diary entries, and personal stories offer an intimate look at a year in Alaska through the artists eyes.
© Vandercook, Marcia. A Guide to Alaskas Criminal Justice System (Anchorage : Alaska Judicial Council, 1998), 61 pp., paperback, 1029 West Third Avenue, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99501-1969. Describes stages from the time an offender commits a crime to the offenders release from state supervision, movement of cases through the system, and roles of various agencies. Excellent glossary. ASD
© Vandercook, Marcia. A Handbook for Victims of Crime in Alaska, rev. ed. (Anchorage : Alaska Judicial Council, 1998), 23 pp., paperback, 1029 West Third Avenue, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99501-1969. A revision of the original 1995 edition, describes roles of various individuals and institutions, victim assistance programs, grieving and healing, and a directory of services. ASD
Waddell, James I. C.S.S. Shenandoah : the Memoirs of Lieutenant Commanding James I Waddell, edited by James D. Horan (Annapolis, Md. : Bluejacket Books : Naval Institute Press, 1996 1960), 200 pp., paperback, $13.95, ISBN1557503680, U.S. Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. The last armed Confederate cruiser sent to sea, doing significant damage to Union commerce, including the capture of dozens of whaling vessels and their crews in the Bering Sea. Reprint of the 1960 edition.
Walker, Tom. Building the Alaska Log Home. (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 178 pp., paperback, $29.95, ISBN088240511X, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. The author/photographer offers useful text, color drawings and photographs in describing every step in building with logs. Essentially a reprint of the 1984 edition.
White, Alan L. Alaska Behind Blue Eyes : a Police Officer Discovers Life, Love and Law Enforcement on the Last Frontier (Clare, Mich. : Dark River, 1998), 225 pp., cloth, $21.95, ISBN0966320115, P.O. Box 436, Clare, MI 48617. Former Skagway officer relates his experiences as a police officer and a twenty-something single man new to Alaska.
Whitman, Claudia. Frontiers of Justice, Volume I: The Death Penalty (Brunswick: Biddle Publishing, 1998), 270 pp., paper, $15.95 plus $2.00 postage, ISBN1879418266, P.O. Box 1305, #103, Brunswick, ME 04011. An anthology about capital punishment which includes an essay by John Gaffney who witnessed a 1939 hanging in Juneau.
Whyard, Flo, editor, Martha Black: Her Story from the Dawson Gold Fields to the Halls of Parliament (Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1998), 190 pp., paper, $8.95 plus postage, ISBN088240508X, order from Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306, 1-800-452-3032. With the addition of a new 24-page photographic "Portfolio", this is a reissue of the editors 1976 book My Ninety Years, itself a revision of Martha Blacks 1938 classic, My Seventy Years. Unhappily married, pregnant and thirty-two, Chicago socialite Martha Black joined the Klondike gold rush alone, settled in Dawson, and later represented the Yukon in Canadas Parliament.
Wilder, Edna. Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1998 1976), 131 pp., paperback, $12.95, ISBN1889963127, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. The paperback reissue of the original 1976 publication makes this classic work available to even more people who want to learn about the traditional techniques for working with fur and hides as well as the culture they come from.
Williams, Wilma. Alaska Sea Escapes / illustrated by Rhonda Shelford Jansen (Homer : Wizard Works, 1998), 126 pp., paperback, $14.95, ISBN189069200X, P.O. Box 1125, Homer, AK 99603. A collection of stories of the adventures of men and women who spend their lives going down to the sea in ships.
Wilson, Graham. The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway (Portland: Graphic Arts Center Publishing, 1998), 112 pp., paper, $9.95 plus postage, ISBN0968195520, P. O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210. An album of 125 historic black and white photographs.
The Wolves of Denali / L. David Mech [et al.] (Minneapolis : University of Minnesota, 1998), 227 pp., cloth, $29.95, ISBN0816629587, 111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520. Explores all aspects of wolf life, provides important new information for researchers and general readers.
Women of Alaska : a Compilation of Interviews, Vol. III and Vol. IV, as conducted by the Athena Project with Mr. James G. Stoops sixth grade gifted class (Anchorage : Anchorage School District, 1996-1998), 2 vols.(123 pp., 97 pp.), OMalley Elementary School, 11100 Rockridge Drive 99516-1884. Continuing this series, these present transcripts of taped interviews with women of achievement who have visited the school. ASD
Woodman, Lyman L. Duty Station Northwest: The U.S. Army in Alaska and Western Canada, 1867-1987. Volume Two, 1918-1945 (Anchorage: Alaska Historical Society, 1997), 400 pp., cloth, $75.00 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN0940521059, P.O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510-0299. Second of a three-volume set.
Woodward, Kesler. Spirit of the North: The Art of Eustace Paul Ziegler (Augusta, GA: Morris Communications with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Morris Museum of Art, 1998), 120 pp., paper, $22.95 plus postage, ISBN1890021059, 725 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Catalog for an exhibit of the painters work. He was active as a lay missionary and artist in Alaska from 1909 until 1924, continuing to paint Alaskan subject matter from his Seattle home until his death in 1969.
Zuehlke, Mark. The Yukon Fact Book : Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Yukon (Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, 1998), 220 pp., paperback, US$14.95, ISBN1551107163, 351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C4. Essential factual information for residents and visitors reflecting the territorys unique heritage, from agriculture to woolly mammoth.
Addresses for Selected Alaskana Bookstores*
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 200 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage AK, 99503 USA / Tel: 907-279-7323 / Fax: 907-279-7322
Borders Books and Music, 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 USA / Tel: 907-344-4099/ Fax:: 907-344-6912 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cook Inlet Book Company
This store closed in 2006 due to bankruptcy. For historical background on the store, visit their LitSite Profile.
*See the following website for information about Alaska writers and booksellers and a list of bookstores (with mailing addresses) in Alaska: