Some Books About Alaska 2000
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 2000 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. 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 me 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 the more obscure current Alaskan titles. Also, visit their websites, which often offer titles at discount prices.
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 Daniel Cornwall, Government Publications Librarian, Alaska State Library, for his 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, Chief Librarian,
Alaska Historical Collections
Compiled by Kay Myers, Anchorage Municipal Libraries
Arnosky, Jim. Beaver Pond, Moose Pond (Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2000), unpaged, cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0792276922.Various animals share life in a northern pond. It's a beaver's home, a moose's dinner, a duck's swimming pool.
Caldwell, Francis E. The Search for the Amigo (Victoria, B.C. : Trafford Publishing, 2000) 276 pp., paper, $17.95, ISBN 155212469X. Two children are stranded on the fishing vessel Amigo in the Gulf of Alaska during the worst storm of the century.
Dubois, Muriel L. Alaska Facts and Symbols (Mankato, MN : Capstone Press [Bridgestone Books], 2000), 24 pp., cloth, $18.60, ISBN 0736805222. "The States and Their Symbols" series presents fast facts about each state and also easy-to-read coverage on major state symbols.
Dunphy, Madeleine. The Peregrine's Journey : a Story of Migration / Kristin Kest, Illustrator (Millbrook Press, 2000), 32 pp., library binding, $22.95, ISBN 0761313532. Follows a peregrine falcon on her 8,000 mile migration from Alaska to Argentina, describing what she sees and does along the way.
Dwyer, Mindy. Quilt of Dreams / illustrated by the author (Portland, OR : Alaska Northwest Books, 2000) 32 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0882405225, paper, $8.95, ISBN 0882405217. Working on one of her Grandma's unfinished quilts gives Katy extra special memories of her Gran.
Fowler, Susi Gregg. Albertina, the Animals, and Me / illustrated by Jim Fowler (New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000), 96 pp., cloth, $14.95, ISBN 0688171273, library binding, $14.89, ISBN 06880291605. In Fowler's sequel to Albertina the Practically Perfect (1998), Albertina and her friend Molly want pets but lack their parents' approval.
Gray, Susan H. Tundra (Minneapolis : Compass Point Books, 2000), 48 pp., library binding, $15.95, ISBN 0756500249. The difference between "arctic" and "alpine" tundra is clarified in this First Report series title.
Grooms, Molly. We Are Bears / illustrated by Lucia Guarnotta (Minnetonka, MN : NorthWord Press, 2000), 31 pp., cloth, $12.95, ISBN 1559717475. Mother Bear and her two cubs leave the den for the first time and begin learning skills,climbing, searching, swimming, digging.
Guenther, James. Turnagain Ptarmigan! Where Did You Go?/ illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 2000), unpaged, cloth, $15.95, ISBN 1570612714, paper, $8.95, ISBN 1570612714. A young girl searches through all the seasons for the beautifully camouflaged willow ptarmigan.
@Hill, Kirkpatrick. The Year of Miss Agnes (New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000), 113 pp., cloth, $16.00, ISBN 0689829337. Ten year old Frederika (Fred) writes of the difficulty finding teachers for their small village school on the Koyukuk River in 1948. Miss Agnes throws away their old textbooks and makes learning enjoyable.
Kalman, Bobbie. What is a Marine Mammal? (New York : Crabtree Publishing Company, 2000), 32 pp., library binding, $19.96, ISBN 0865059365, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0865059543. From a definition of a marine mammal to information about their life in the ocean, this volume in 'The Science of Living Things" series devotes many of its pages to animals found in Alaskan waters.
Lassieur, Allison. The Inuit (Mankato, MN : Capstone Press [Bridgestone Books], 2000), 24 pp., library binding, $15.93, ISBN 0736804986. Historical and current information is provided, as is an official tribe-sponsored web site, in this title in the "Native Peoples" series. School Library Journal (12/00) reports some inconsistencies, omissions and oversimplifications in the series.
Laverde, Arlene. Alaska's Three Pigs / illustrated by Mindy Dwyer. (Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 2000), unpaged, paper, $8.95, ISBN 1570612293, cloth, $15.95, ISBN 1570612722. The three little pigs build homes in rural Alaska and along comes the hungry grizzly bear.
Love, Ann and Jane Drake. The Kids Book of the Far North / illustrated by Jocelyne Bouchard (Toronto, Ontario & Niagara Falls, NY : Kids Can Press, 2000), 48 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN 1550745638. Love and Drake present facts, traditional tales, timelines and maps about the history, modern life and natural environment from the circumpolar region.
@ Miller, Debbie S. River of Life / illustrated by Jon Van Zyle (New York : Clarion Books, 2000), 32 pp., cloth, $15.00, ISBN 0395967902. A child observes an Alaskan river all year long and learns how the river provides homes, food and life for many plants and animals.
Mudd-Ruth, Maria. The Tundra (New York : Benchmark Books, 2000), 64 pp., cloth, $27.07, ISBN 0761409025. Sue Sherif's review in School Library Journal (3/00) indicates that this title has some misleading aspects about the tundra in Alaska; incorrect ranges are given for evergreen forests, aspen-birch forests, peatlands, and beaver ponds among other problems in this "Ecosystems of North America" book.
Papademetriou, Dorrie. North Star : St. Herman of Alaska (Crestwood, NY : St. Vladimirs Seminary Press, 2000), cloth, no price listed, ISBN 0881412236, 575 Scarsdale Road, 10707-1699. Biography of Russian Orthodox missionary who lived on Spruce Island Alaska; he died in 1837.
Peterson, Sara Budinger. Alice Meets Inupiat Eskimos /illustrated by Marry Bee Kaufman (Homer, AK : Saranjon, 2000), 68 pp,. ISBN 0966528212. "In this second book of the series, Alice goes to school, makes a friend from one of Alaska's oldest cultures, and 'adopts' a new grandfather. Follow Alice's adventures as she learns about courage, tolerance and love."
Reed-Jones, Carol. Salmon Stream / illustrated by Michael S. Maydak (Nevada City, CA : Dawn Publications, 2000), unpaged, cloth, $16.95, ISBN 1584690143, paper, $7.95, ISBN 1584690135. A salmon stream and the life cycle of salmon are described in this informational picture book in the "Sharing Nature with Children" series. Four pages of facts about Atlantic and Pacific salmon follow the story.
Richter, Bernd C. and Susan E. How Alaska Got Its Flag (Cantwell, AK : Saddle Pal Creations [P.O. Box 175, 99729], 2000), unpaged, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0966349547. Thirteen year old Benny Benson's process to design a flag for Alaska is featured in this fictionalized account of the contest to design Alaska's state flag.
Ring, Susan. Polar Babies / illustrated by Lisa McCue (New York : Random House, 2000), 32 pp., cloth, $13.99, ISBN 0516220101, paper, $3.99, ISBN 0679893873. A title from the "Step Into Reading" series, a simply told story follows two little polar babies and their mother through a busy day.
Senshu, Noriko. Sonny's Dream (Charlottesville, CA : Hampton Roads Publishing, 2000), pp., ISBN 1571742158. "Sonny, a young grizzly bear, lives happily in Alaska with his mother, but he has bad dreams--giant red monster fish swim through his sleep. Sonny's mother teaches him that there is no reason to be afraid, and after hibernating through the winter, Sonny wakes into the green Alaska spring and becomes a grown-up bear."
@ Tookoome, Simon with Sheldon Oberman. The Shaman's Nephew : a Life in the Far North (New York : Stoddart Kids, 2000), 55 pp., cloth, $18.95, ISBN 0773732004. The result of over ten years of interviews and collaboration between writer Oberman and Canadian Inuit artist Tookoome provides an unique and authentic view of Inuit life.
Trottier, Maxine. Dreamstones / paintings by Stella East (New York : Stoddart Kids, 2000), unpaged, cloth, $14. 95, ISBN 0773731911, paper, $7.95, ISBN 0773761411. When a ship exploring the Arctic has to overwinter in the frozen ice, David, the captain's son, follows some animals and loses sight of the ship. The Inukshuk appears to David and helps him survive.
Vaughan, Richard Lee, reteller. Eagle Boy : A Pacific Northwest Native Tale / illustrated by Lee Christiansen (Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 2000), unpaged, cloth, $16.95, ISBN 1570611718. The orphaned Eagle Boy is the only one in the village who likes and shares his salmon with the eagles. The eagles in turn help him survive when the villagers leave him behind during a hard winter.
Whitman, John. Tundra 2000 (New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2000), 139 pp., paper, $4.50, ISBN 0061071838. Charger is nervous about racing in the Tundra 2000, the toughest NASCAR Unlimited Division off-road race, because his father disappeared in the Alaska tundra when Charger was ten. Tundra 2000 is the third title in the NASCAR Racers series.
Young, Karen Romano. Arctic Investigations : Exploring the Frozen Ocean (Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 2000), 48 pp., cloth, $27.12, ISBN 0739812327, paper, $7.95, ISBN 0739812335. Young describes what life is like for scientists in the Arctic and explains their studies past and present.
Compiled by Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library
Anderson, Douglas. Mystery in Trib 2 : Alaska Hiking, Flying, and Gold Mining Adventure interwoven with a World War II Mystery (Anchorage, Alaska : Publication Consultants, 2000), 160 pp., 12.95, paper, ISBN 1888125756. Wilderness adventure blended with mystery concerning the loss of a World War II military aircraft.
Bigjim, Fred. Echoes from the Tundra (Kearney, NE : Morris Publishing, 2000), 50 pp., paper, $7.95, ISBN 0967821401, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Poetry from Inupiat writer from Nome and Sinrock.
Bigjim, Fred. Plants (Kearney, NE : Morris Publishing, 2000), 243 pp., paper, $12.95, ISBN 0739204963, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Novel that pits industrial development and government bureaucracy against the formidable combination of extraterrestrial beings and a Native American's religious and spiritual beliefs.
Boyd, Donna. The Promise (New York : HarperTorch, 2000), 328 pp., paper, $6.99, ISBN 0380790963. "In Alaska, a woman finds a wounded werewolf in the wrechage of a helicopter and nurses him to health. He turns out to be the head of the world's werewolves and the novel tells his story."
Brand, Max. The Masterman : a North-Western Story (Five Star First Edition Western Series)(Unity, ME : FiveStar, 2000), 197 pp., cloth, $21.95, ISBN 0786220996. Western set in Alaska.
Brennan, Tom. Moose Dropping and Other Crimes against Nature : Funny Stories from Alaska (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 2000), 155 pp., paper, $12.95, ISBN 0945397844, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. "A feast of funny stories, jokes, and outlandish humor."
Dauenhauer, Nora. Life Woven with Song (Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2000), 135 pp., cloth, $29.95, ISBN 0816520054, or paper, $6.95, ISBN 0816520062, Tucson, AZ 85721. Memories of her Tlingit heritage in poetry and prose.
Henry, Sue. Beneath the Ashes : an Alaska Mystery (New York : W. Morrow, 2000), 276 pp., cloth, $23.00, ISBN 0380976625, or 336 pp., paper, $6.50, ISBN 0380798921, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299. Mysterious fires and an unknown killer face musher Jessie Arnold in the heart of the Alaska wilderness.
Kafka, Kimberly. True North (New York : Dutton, 2000), 273 pp., cloth, $23.95, ISBN 052594530X, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. Two Easterners hire Alaskan bush pilot and events bring her unresolved past to the fore, shattering her refuge in the remote wilderness.
Lane, Christopher. A Shroud of Midnight Sun : an Inupiat Eskimo Mystery (New York : Avon Twilight, 2000), 342 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0380798735, HarperCollins, Publishers, 10 East 53rdStreet, New York, NY 10022. Third of great mystery series with Ray Attla as the protagonist, who gets involved with a murder on his vacation.
Leon, Bonnie. A Sacred Place (Nashville, TN : Broadman & Holman, c2000), 310 pp., paper, $12.99, ISBN 0805421521. As World War I breaks out, the arranged marriage of Mary Matroona, an 18-year-old Aleut girl, to Sean Calhoun, an Irish immigrant, begins a story of enduring human spirit and the power of love to break through every barrier as they spend a year on a remote Aleutian island fox farm.
Macomber, Debbie. Family Men (Toronto : New York : Harlequin Books, c2000) 377 pp., paper, ISBN 0373834357. Midnight sons series romance vol. 2; a series of stories set in a small town in Alaska.
Macomber, Debbie. Last Two Bachelors (Toronto : New York : Harlequin Books, c2000) 377 pp., paper, ISBN 0373834365. Midnight sons series romance vol. 3; finding love and life in Hardluck, Alaska.
McCloskey, William B. Breakers : a Novel (New York : Lyons Press, 2000), 350 p., cloth, $24.95, ISBN 1585740845. Fisherman Hank Crawford fights to keep his business and family intact in this story of Alaska's commercial fishing business increasingly dominated by foreign interlopers.
Morris, Julianna. Callie, Get your Groom (New York : Silhouette Books, 2000), 184 pp., paper, $3.50, ISBN 0373194366. A romance set in Alaska.
Reid, Elwood. Midnight Sun (New York : Doubleday, c2000), 271 pp., cloth, $23.95, ISBN 0385497369, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. Complex adventure tale about two drifters forced to confront themselves, the Alaska wilderness and a strange millennial cult.
Rust, Megan Mallory. Coffin Corner (New York : Berkeley Prime Crime, 2000), 213 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0425175081, Penguin Putnam Publishing Group, 405 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Another Alaskan mystery of aviator Taylor Morgan.
Savage, Les. In the Land of Little Sticks (Unity, ME : Five Star, 2000), 303 pp., cloth, $21.95, ISBN 0786221119. Western set in Arctic Regions and the Yukon.
Sexton, Thomas F. Autumn in the Alaska Range (Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland : Salmon, 2000), 91 pp., paper, $14.00, ISBN 1903392020, http://www.salmonpoetry.com. Third collection of poems by former poet laureate and teacher at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Shankle, Sam Boone. The Radioactive Satellite : an Alaskan Adventure (San Jose: Writers Club Press, 2000), 148 pp., $9.95, paper, ISBN 0595097391. "The crash of a radioactive Russian spy satellite brings government agents, bad guys and a cast of characters together in Cold War Alaska."
Simpson, Marcia. Crow in Stolen Colors (New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2000), 304 pp., $6.50, paper, ISBN 0425174638, or cloth, $24.95, ISBN 1890208361. "The proprietor of a freight service, Liza Romero has found refuge from her troubled past in Wrangell, a rustic town with a rich history. But after she rescues a young Tlingit boy from certain death, danger begins to plague her every step."
Stabenow, Dana. Midnight Come Again (New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000), 320 pp., $6.99, paper, ISBN 0312978766, or cloth, $23.95, ISBN 0312205961. "Reeling from the shocking murder that shattered her world, private investigator Kate Shugak has vanished into the vast Alaskan wilderness just when Jim Chopin needs her most. The dauntless Alaska State Trooper is ensnared in an intricate case involving the Russian Mafia and a cache of stolen plutonium--a case that will launch him on a treacherous solo undercover FBI assignment in the far western reaches of Bering."
TaleSpinners. Between Two Rivers (Wasilla, AK : TaleSpinners, 2000), 158 pp., paper, ISBN 0966664795, HC 31, Box 5118A, Wasilla, AK 99654. Anthology of poetry, fiction and essays by writers who live between the Matanuska and Susitna Rivers.
Waldman, Ken. Nome Poems (Albuquerque, N.M. : West End Press : Distributed by University of New Mexico Press, 2000), 79 pp., ISBN 0931122988, P.O. Box 27334, Albuquerque, NM 87125. First full volume of poetry describing author's experiences as a teacher and a musician.
Compiled by Bruce Merrell, Anchorage Municipal Libraries,
and Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library
Affleck, Edward L. A Century of Paddlewheelers in the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon and Alaska (Vancouver : Alexander Nicolls Press, 2000), 98 pp., paper, $20.00 postpaid, ISBN 092003408X, #208, 2250 S.E. Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V5P 2S2. Brief technical descriptions and summaries of the careers of hundreds of sidewheel and sternwheel steamboats.
Anderson, James "Andy," as told to Jim Rearden. Arctic Bush Pilot : From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness (Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2000), 255 pp., paper, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN 0945397836, P.O. Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Memoirs of a former Navy pilot who pioneered bush plane service in the Koyukuk River area in the 1950s and 1960s.
Armstrong, Robert H., and Marge Hermans. Alaska's Natural Wonders : a Guide to the Phenomena of the Far North (Portland : Alaska Northwest Books, 2000), 94 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 0882405268, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Natural history and folklore of glaciers, aurora borealis, earthquakes, volcanoes, bore tides and more.
Backhouse, Frances, and Adrian Dorst. Hiking with Ghosts : the Chilkoot Trail, Then and Now (Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 1999), 129 pp., paper, $18.95 plus postage, ISBN 1551922762, 9050 Shaughnessy Street, Vancouver, BC V6P 6E5. Overview of favorite hiking trail then and now.
Balzar, John. Yukon Alone : the World's Toughest Adventure Race (New York : Henry Holt, 2000), 304 pp., cloth, $25.00, ISBN 0805059490. "An inside look at the world's most grueling contest follows participants in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on a 1,023-mile race across frozen rivers, icy mountain passes, and state-sized tracts of uninhabited land to complete the course."
Barer, Burl, Murder in the Family (New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2000), 319 pp., paper, $6.50, ISBN 0786011351, 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Recounts 1987 killings of mother and two children in Anchorage and subsequent arrest and trial of killer, a relative of the Newman family.
Barry, Mary J. Jack and Nellie Brown : Pioneer Settlers of Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage : MJP Barry, 2000), 142 pp., paper, $25.00 plus postage, ISBN 0961700971, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Life stories of the first permanent residents of Anchorage, who arrived on their honeymoon in 1912 and stayed until their deaths six decades later.
Barske, Dianne. Mostly Music : the Story of Lorene C. Harrison, Alaska's Cultural Pioneer (Anchorage : Publications Consultants, 2000), 248 pp., paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 1888125616, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Life story of Anchorage's first music teacher, who has actively served the community for seven decades.
Bartlett, Larry. A Complete Guide to Float Hunting Alaska (Fairbanks, AK : Pristine Publications, 2000), 205 pp., paper, $19.95, ISBN 0966603508. Guide to big game hunting on rivers in Alaska.
Belov, M. I. Russians in the Bering Strait, 1648-1791, / translated by Katerina Solovjova and edited and with an introduction by J. L. Smith (Anchorage : White Stone Press, 2000), 138 pp., cloth, $15.00 plus postage, ISBN 0962672726, 2314 Marian Bay Circle, Anchorage, AK 99515. Originally published in Moscow in 1956, Belov's book was titled Arctic Voyages from Ancient Times to the Middle of the Ninetenth Century. Added as appendices are four other newly translated short historical pieces about Russian eighteenth century voyages to North America.
Bennett, Bo. Rods & Wings : a History of the Fishing Lodge Business in Bristol Bay, Alaska (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 2000), 384 pp., cloth, $39.95 plus postage, ISBN 1888125624, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. History of the role of float planes and their pilots in developing world-class sport fishing in southwestern Alaska.
Bergsland, Knut, editor and interpreter. Ancient Aleut Personal Names = Kadaangim Asangin/Asangis : Materials from the Billings Expedition, 1790-1792 (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, 1998), 202 pp., paper, $16.00 plus $4.50 postage, ISBN 1555000657, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680. A glimpse of Aleut culture through an examination of Russian-American tax records.
Bowermaster, Jon. Birthplace of the Winds : Adventuring in Alaska's Islands of Fire and Ice (Washington, DC : Adventure Press/National Geographic), 264 pp., cloth, $26.00 plus postage, ISBN 0792275063, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-4688. Four adventurous kayakers explore the Islands of the Four Mountains in the middle of the Aleutians.
Breiter, Matthias. The Bears of Katmai : Alaska's Famous Brown Bears (Portland, OR : Graphic Arts Center Pub., 2000), 149 pp., paper, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 1558685448, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Color photographs with text about bears of the Brooks River.
Bringhurst, Robert. A Story as Sharp as a Knife : the Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2000), 527 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN 080321314X or paper, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 0803261799, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. A translation and study of stories, poems, and history collected by ethnographer John Swanton.
Bringhurst, Robert. Nine Visits to the Mythworld : Ghandl of the Qahahl Llaanas (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2000), 224 pp., cloth, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 0803213166, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. A month of stories told by "the blind poet of Sunshine and Sealion Town," collected by ethnographer John Swanton in 1900 and 1901 in the Queen Charolotte Islands.
Brown, Stephen Gilbert. Words in the Wilderness : Critical Literacy in the Borderlands (Albany : State University of New York Press, 2000), 229 pp., paper, $17.50, ISBN 0791444058, or cloth, $54.50, ISBN 0791444058, order from Cook Inlet Book Company. Study of literacy; blends vivid personal accounts and theoretical analysis in this account of teacher's experience teaching to Athabascan Indians in Alaska.
Brown, Steven C. Sun Dogs & Eagle Down : the Indian Paintings of Bill Holm (Seattle, WA : Vancouver : University of Washington Press : Douglas & McIntyre, c2000), 198 pp., $35.00, cloth, ISBN 29597947X, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Comprehensive collection paintings of North American Indian life, including many from the Pacific Northwest.
Brown, Steven C., editor. Spirits of the Water : Native Art Collected on Expeditions to Alaska and British Columbia, 1774-1910 (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000), 207 pp., paper, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN 0295979860, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Catalog for an exhibit organized by Fundacion "la Caixa" of Barcelona, Spain; originally published in Spanish.
Brown, Tricia. Fairbanks : Alaska's Heart of Gold, a Traveler's Guide / photographs by Roy Corral (Portland, OR : Alaska Northwest Books, 2000), 94 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 0882405284, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. "Alaska Pocket Guide" to Alaska's second largest city.
Brown, Tricia. The World-Famous Alaska Highway : a Guide to the Alcan and Other Wilderness Roads of the North (Golden : Fulcrum Pub., c2000), 287 pp., paper, $21.95 plus postage, ISBN 1555914462. Traveler's guide for driving the Alcan and other Alaska highways, noting historic sites, attractions, recreation, and automotive concerns.
Busch, Briton C., and Barry M. Gough, editors. Fur Traders from New England : the Boston Men in the North Pacific, 1787-1800, The Narratives of William Dane Phelps, William Sturgis & James Gilchrist Swan (Spokane : Arthur H. Clark, 1997), 137 pp., cloth, $29.50 plus postage, ISBN 0870622617, P.O. Box 14707, Spokane, WA 99214. Annotated documents and excerpts from the early fur trade.
Caldwell, Francis E. Cassiar's Elusive Gold (Victoria : Trafford Publishing, 2000), 156 pp., paper, $13.95 plus postage, ISBN 1552123375, 2333 Government Street, Suite 6E, Victoria, BC V8T 4P4. Story of British Columbia's nineteenth century Cassiar gold rush.
Carroll, Suzanne, editor. Births, Marriages, Divorces and Deaths Reported in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 1940-1949 (Fairbanks : Fairbanks Genealogical Society, 2000), 237 pp., comb-bound, $29.00 postpaid, P.O. Box 60534, Fairbanks, AK 99706-0534. Even the names of the deceased in the "Notices to Creditors" classified ads are included among some 15,000 entries.
Chandonnet, Ann. Anchorage : Early Photographs of the Great Land (Skagway : Wolf Creek Books, 2000), 128 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 0968195563, Box 0769, Skagway, AK 99840. Short pictorial history of Alaska's largest city.
@ Chisholm, Colin. Through Yup'ik Eyes : an Adopted Son Explores the Landscape of Family (Portland : Alaska Northwest Books, 2000), 304 pp., cloth, $23.95 plus postage, ISBN 0882405330, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Journey of discovery about his heritage takes author to distant places from his home in California, including Kotlik, Alaska, as he explores his mother's origins.
Cobb, Norma, and Charles W. Sasser. Arctic Homestead : the True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds (New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000), 300 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN 0312261985, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. A man, woman and 5 children homestead in the Minook Valley north of Fairbanks in 1973.
Corbin, Wilford. A World Apart : My Life Among the Eskimos of Alaska (Homer : Wizard Works, 2000), 274 pp., paper, $19.95 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 1890692034, P.O. Box 1125, Homer, AK 99603. A young North Carolina couple comes north to teach in Wales and Scammon Bay during the 1950s.
@ De Laguna, Frederica. Travels Among the Dena : Exploring Alaska's Yukon Valley (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000), 369 pp., cloth, $50.00 plus postage, ISBN 029597902X, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5094. Archeological reconnaissance of the middle and lower Yukon River in 1935, illustrated with photos and maps and integrated with reports of earlier explorers.
DeArmond, R. N. Movie Man : the Life and Times of William David Gross, 1879-1962, editing and epilogue by Karleen Alstead Grummett, [Sitka : R. N. DeArmond, 2000?], 34 pp., paper. Biography of a Jewish immigrant who arrived in Alaska during the Gold Rush and built a movie theater chain headquartered in Juneau.
Dikov, N. N. Mysteries in the Rocks of Ancient Chukotka (Petroglyphs of Pegtymel'), translated by Richard L. Bland (Anchorage : National Park Service, Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 2000), 171 pp., paper, request from 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Translation of a 1971 study of prehistoric arctic rock art in the Russian Far East.
Dolitsky, Alexander B., editor. Tales and Legends of the Yupik Eskimos of Siberia, translated by Henry N. Michael (Juneau : Alaska-Siberia Research Center, 2000), 147 pp., $18.00, paper, ISBN 0965389138, P.O. Box 34871, Juneau, AK 99803. Fifty-nine tales, legends, and myths translated with a short note on the source.
Douglass, Don, and Reanne Hemingway Douglass. Exploring Southeast Alaska : Dixon entrance to Skagway : Details of Every Harbor and Cove : Itineraries of the Inside Passage San Juan Islands to Glacier Bay (Anacortes, WA : Fine Edge Productions, c2000), 543 pp., paper, $59.95 plus postage, ISBN 0938665588, 13589 Clayton Lane, Anacortes, WA 98221. Guidebook with great details for the Southeast Alaska cruising community.
DuFresne, Jim. Hiking in Alaska (Hawthorn, Vic. : London : Lonely Planet, 2000), 304 pp., paper, $19.99 plus postage, ISBN 1864500387, available at Cook Inlet Book Company. Overview of hiking trails for each region, giving background, permits needed, transportation options, and what might be seen.
Durbin, Kathie. Tongass : Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaska Rain Forest (Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, c1999), 328 pp., paper, $19.91 plus postage, ISBN 087071466X , 101 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6407. Environmental advocate's account of the history of two pulp mills in Southeast Alaska that harvested low-cost timber from the Tongass National Forest from their establishment after World War II to the present and the ecological, political, and social consequences of their rise and fall.
@ Emanuel, Richard P. Living Off the Land, Volume 27, Number 4 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 2000), 96 pp., paper, $21.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN 1566610508, P. O. Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. A look at traditional and modern subsistence practices throughout Alaska.
Fair, Susan W., and Rosita Worl, editors. Celebration 2000 : Restoring Balance through Culture / with contributions by Kenneth Austin (Juneau, AK : Sealaska Heritage Foundation, 2000), 206 pp., paper, $15.00 plus shipping, One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 201, Juneau, AK 99801-1249. Twenty-three major contributions by traditional and academic scholars on Southeast Alaskan topics including Alaskan history, language, culture, arts, and literature; contibutors include the editors as well as Walter Soboleff, Frederica de Laguna, Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, Steven C. Brown, Sergei Kan, Steve Langdon and many others.
Ferrell, Nancy Warren. Early Years of Juneau, Alaska (1880-1890)(Juneau : LapCat Publications, 1997), 24 pp., paper, $5.95 plus postage, ISBN 096419984X, Box 20465, Juneau, AK 99802. Brief illustrated history of the first decade in a mining camp that became Alaska's capital city.
Fields, Wanda Marie. Now It Can Be Told : Stories of Alaskan Pioneer Ranchers (Anchorage : Publications Consultants, 2000), 311 pp., cloth, $80.00 plus postage, ISBN 1888125446, order from the author, P.O. Box 25, Kodiak, AK 99615. Arriving on Kodiak Island as Baptist mission houseparents in 1949, the author and her husband soon turned to cattle ranching. Illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, this is the story of traditional Western ranching adapted to a very non-traditional location.
Fienup-Riordan, Ann, with William Tyson [et. al.] Hunting Tradition in a Changing World : Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today (New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2000), 310 pp., cloth, $52.00 plus postage, ISBN 0813528046, or paper, $22.00, ISBN 0813528054, 100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8099. Continuation of earlier book Eskimo Essays reflecting on the societal and anthropological developments of the last ten years relating to peoples of Southwestern Alaska.
Freedman, Lew. Diamonds in the Rough : Baseball Stories from Alaska (Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2000), 247 pp., paper, $14.95 plus $4.95 postage, ISBN 0945397828, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. History of baseball under the northern lights, told by the sports editor for the Anchorage Daily News.
Freedman, Lew. Spirit of the Wind : the Story of Alaska's George Attla, Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ (Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2000), 223 pp., paper, $14.95 plus $4.95 postage, ISBN 0945397933, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Biography of the "Huslia Hustler," a new edition of George Attla : Legend of the Sled Dog Trail, published in 1993.
Freeman, Milton M.R., editor. Endangered Peoples of the Arctic : Struggles to Survive and Thrive (Westport, CN : Greenwood Press, 2000), 278 pp., cloth, $45.00, ISBN 0313306494, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Covers northern circumpolar indigenous peoples, including the two Alaska-related articles on the Inupiat and the Yupik, written by anthropologists.
Gorbatcheva, V. M. (Valentina Mikhailovna). The Peoples of the Great North : Art and Civilisation of Siberia / with Marina Federova ; avec le concours scientifique de Marine Le Berre Semenov ; translation from French, Mike Darton (New York : Parkstone Press, 2000), 216 pp., cloth, $55.00, ISBN 1859954790. Beautifully illustrated volume by ethnologists presents an overview of indigenous peoples, their traditional way of life, world concepts, and the influence of environment.
Gordon, Ruth. It Takes a Dog to Raise a Village (Minocqua, WI : Willow Creek Press, 2000), 185 pp., paper, $15.95, ISBN 1572233001. True stories of special dogs, including Patsy Ann, the official greeter of Juneau Alaska in the 1930s.
Greenspun, Philip. Travels with Samantha (Berkeley, CA : ArsDigita Press, 2000), 368 pp., paper, $16.95, ISBN 1588750019. The print edition with many color photographs selected from an Internet original that documented the author's travels through North American, including his trek through Alaska.
Griffin, Kristen. Early Views : Historical Vignettes of Sitka National Historical Park (Anchorage : Alaska Support Office, National Park Service and Sitka National Historical Park, 2000), 127 pp., paper, request from National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Containing over seventy illustrations, many in color, this is a history of the smallest and oldest federal park unit in Alaska.
Guide to the Probate Records for Alaska, 1885-1960 , compiled by Steve McCarthy (Juneau : Alaska State Archives, 2000), 271 pp., comb-bound, request from Alaska State Archives, 141 Willoughby Avenue, Juneau, AK 99801. Lists almost 17,000 names and the judicial precincts where each case was heard; the records themselves are held at the State Archives in Juneau. ASD
Haigh, Jane. Denali : Early Photographs of Our National Parks (Whitehorse : Wolf Creek Books, 2000), 112 pp., paper, $9.95 plus postage, ISBN 0968195571, Box 31275, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7. A selection of black and white photographs of Denali National Park and Preserve, taken through the 1930s.
@ Harper-Haines, Jan. Cold River Spirits : the Legacy of an Athabascan-Irish Family from Alaska's Yukon River (Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2000), 192 pp., cloth, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 0945397852, P.O. Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Family history of the Harpers, beginning with author Harper-Haines' grandmother.
Himmelheber, Hans. Where the Echo Began and Other Oral Traditions from Southwestern Alaska, translated by Kurt and Ester Vitt, edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 2000), 224 pp., cloth, $39.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 188963038, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756420, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Based on fieldwork done in 1936-37 and originally published in German, this new compilation of ethnographic information includes legends, details of traditional activities, and marvelous candid photographs.
Holleman, Marybeth. Alaska's Prince William Sound (Portland : Alaska Northwest Books, 2000), 94 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 1882405292, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Guidebook to natural and human history of this Alaska region.
Hope, Andrew, III, and Thomas R. Thornton, editors. Will the Time Ever Come? : a Tlingit Source Book / (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Knowledge Network, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks, c2000), 159 pp., paper, $15.00 plus postage, ISBN 1877962341. Source book on Tlingit culture, a result of the 1993 meeting in Haines that brought together representatives from the Tlingit tribes and clans from Alaska and Canada to exchange and collaborate on future initiatives.
Huber, Thomas Patrick, and Carole J. Huber. The Alaska Highway : a Geographical Discovery (Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2000), 168 pp., cloth, $49.00, ISBN 0870816004, or paper, $24.95, ISBN 0870815873, 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C, Boulder, CO 80303. Personal travel diary with personal observations and local history; written by two geographers on their journey from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks.
Jans, Nick. Tracks of the Unseen : Meditations on Alaska Wildlife, Landscape, and Photography (Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum, c2000), 164 pp., cloth, $22.95 plus postage, ISBN 1555914489, 16100 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300, Golden, CO 80403. Essays on wilderness and man's presence in Alaska by an award-winning author.
Jette, Jules, and Eliza Jones. Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary; editor-in-chief, James Kari. (Fairbanks, AK : Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2000), 1118 pp., ISBN 094539781X (P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680). Rich and extensive source book for this language, drawing upon the extensive Koyukon work of Jesuit missionary and Scholar Jules Jette, later recordings by scholar Eliza Jones, and help from village elders.
Jewel. Chasing Down the Dawn, by Jewel Kilcher (New York : HarperEntertainment, c2000), 142 pp., cloth, $24.00 plus postage, ISBN 0060192003, or paper, $14.00 plus postage, ISBN 0061051403, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Recording artist chronicles her life in Alaska and her journey to the world's stage.
Kan, Sergei. Memory Eternal : Tlingit Culture and Russian Orthodox Christianity Through Two Centuries (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000), 696 pp., cloth, $60.00 plus postage, ISBN 0295978066, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. A look at southeast Alaskan ethnography and history, from 1834 to the present.
Kania, Leon W. Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible (Wasilla, Alaska : Happy Mountain Publications, 2000), 173 pp., $21.95, paper, ISBN 09674524 0 6, 3401 E. Naomi Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654. "Makin' beer, wine, liqueurs and moonshine whiskey; an old Alaskan tells how its done."
Kelley, Mark, editor. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, photographs by Mark Kelley, text by Sherry Simpson (Juneau : Mark Kelley, 2000), 128 pp., cloth, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 1880865181, or paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 18886519X, P.O. Box 20470, Juneau, AK 99802. Spectacular color photographs grace this historical survey and present activities of the nature and people of Glacier Bay.
Kost, Danny. Hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (Anchorage : Danny Kost, 2000), 66 pp., paper, $14.95 plus postage, P.O. Box 110494, Anchorage, AK 99510. Guidebook to traveling this remote and rugged backcountry.
Lebedintsev, Aleksandr I. Early Maritime Cultures of Northwestern Priokhot'e, translated by Richard L. Bland (Anchorage : National Park Service, Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 2000), 288 pp., paper, request from 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Translation of a 1990 archeological study of the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Magadan Region of the Russian Far East.
Lee, Nella. Crime and Culture in Yup'ik Villages : an Exploratory Study (Criminology Studies Series, 10) (New York : Edwin Mellen Press, 2000), 134 p., cloth, $79.95, ISBN 0773478019, order from Cook Inlet Book Company. Study of Yup'ik society and culture and how traditional law relates to the administration of justice in Alaska.
@ Lloyd, Steve K. Farallon : Shipwreck and Survival on the Alaska Shore (Pullman : Washington State University Press, 2000), 202 pp., cloth, ISBN 0874221935, $35.00 plus postage, or paper, ISBN 0874221943, $18.95 plus postage, P.O. Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910. Account of a 1910 winter shipwreck and rescue in Cook Inlet, dramatically illustrated with photographs taken by the ship's mail clerk, John E. Thwaites.
Loomis, Frederic; compiled by Lee Sims. Miner, Preacher, Doctor, Teacher : Stories of an Odyssey from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Ketchikan, Alaska, to a Pioneering Medical Career in Oakland, California (Walnut Creek, CA : Hardscratch Press, 2000), 128 pp., paper, $19.50 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 0962542997, order from Wizard Works, P.O. Box 1125, Homer, AK 99603-1125. Alaskan portion includes a description of turn-of-the-century life at the Prince of Wales Island mining camp of Dolomi.
MacArthur, Loren, and Debbie S. Miller. Alaska and the Northwest : Alaska, Oregon, Washington / foreword by Theodore E. Roosevelt IV (New York : St. Martin's Griffin, c2000), 274 pp., paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 0312253729, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. One of Audubon Society guides, this covers 59 National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, including 100 pages on Alaska.
McClanahan, Alexandra J. Growing Up Native in Alaska, forward by Carl H. Marrs (Anchorage : The Ciri Foundation, 2000), 389 pp., paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN1578331145, 2600 Cordova Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, AK 99503. Twenty-seven young Alaska Natives discuss their cultures and traditions and their meaning and relevance in today's world.
McCloskey, William. Their Fathers' Work : Casting Nets with the World's Fishermen (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing), 370 pp., revised edition, $12.95, paper, ISBN 007135820X; Collection of essays, exploring the challenges that face commercial fishermen in various parts of the globe, including Alaska.
Malloy, Mary. Souvenirs of the Fur Trade : Northwest Coast Indian Art and Artifacts Collected by American Mariners, 1788-1844 (Cambridge, MA : Peabody Museum Press, 2000), 188 pp., paper, $35.00 plus postage, ISBN 0873658337, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. An illustrated look at artifacts held by ten institutions.
Mangieri, Nick. Frozen Shield : Alaska Cover-up (Williamsburg, Va. : Veracity Press, 2000), 395 pp., paper, $9.50 plus $3.50 postage, ISBN 0966536428, P.O. Box 369, Lightfoot, VA 93090. Former police chief tells his side of the story of governmental corruption in Palmer.
Martin, Constance, with essays by Richard V. West. Distant Shores : The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent (Chesterfield, MA : Chameleon Books, 2000), 128 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN 0520227115 or paper, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 0520227123, 31 Smith Road, Chesterfield, MA 01012. Catalog for a museum exhibit of the controversial New England artist's work; he and his son spent the winter of 1918-19 on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay near Seward.
Matthews, Donna, and Barbara Sweetland Smith. Science Under Sail : Russia's Great Voyages to America, 1728-1867-Instructional Guide (Anchorage : Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 2000), 201 pp., spiral-bound, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 1885267037, Anchorage Museum of History and Art Gift Shop, 121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Illustrated study materials and classroom activities arranged around ten topics, to accompany the museum exhibit of the same name.
Maud, Ralph. Transmission Difficulties (Burnaby, BC : Talonbooks, 2000), 174 pp., paper, $12.95us, $16.95cdn plus postage, ISBN 0889224307, #104, 3100 Production Way, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 4R4, distributed in US by General Distribution Services Inc., 4500 Witmer Industrial Estates, Niagara Fall, NY, 14305-1386. Study of Franz Boas's translations of the stories he gathered from the Tsimshian Henry Tate.
Mayer, Melanie J., and Robert N. DeArmond. Staking Her Claim : the Life of Belinda Mulrooney, Klondike and Alaska Entrepreneur (Athens : Swallow Press, 2000), 390 pp., cloth, ISBN 0804010218, $39.95 plus postage, or paper, ISBN 0804001226, $19.95 plus postage, Ohio University Press, Scott Quadrangle, Athens, OH 45701. Arriving in Alaska as a single woman in 1895, Irish immigrant Mulrooney established a successful retail operation. She joined the Klondike gold rush a few years later, founding towns and thriving as a restaurateur, banker, real estate developer, contractor, and merchant.
Metcalfe, Peter. Earning a Place in History : Shee Atika, the Sitka Native Claims Corporation (Sitka : Shee Atika Incorporated, 2000), 88 pp., paper, request from Shee Atika, Inc., Sitka, AK 99835. Illustrated history of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act as it relates to one of only four urban corporations established under it.
Mitham, Peter J. Robert W. Service : a Bibliography (New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Books, 2000), 440 pp., cloth, $65.00 plus postage, ISBN 1584560118, 310 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720. Descriptive bibliography for the North's most famous poet; includes exhaustive listings of books, articles, translations, archives, biographical material, musicals, sound recordings, and films.
Myers, Gary Lee. Pancakes & Coffee : a Solo Canoe Trek through the Alaska Wilderness (Joliet, IL : D & C Myers Publications, 2000), 167 pp., paper, $8.95, ISBN 0966817613. An adventure-seeker takes his canoe on an exploration of Alaska and finds what he seeks.
Niebrugge, Gail. Gail Niebrugge's Alaska Wildflowers : an Artist's Journey in Paintings and Prose ([Seattle, WA ; Fairbanks, AK] : Epicenter Press, c2000), 64 pp., cloth, $16.95, ISBN 0945397895, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Copper Center artist presents paintings with her stories about her explorations in the Alaska landscape.
Noden, Walter. Alaska Salmon and Sail (New York : Vantage Press, 2000), 130 pp., paper, $8.95 plus $2.50 postage, ISBN 0533133785, 516 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001. Son of a Yup'ik mother and a Scotch-Irish father, the author recalls his life spent as a commercial fisherman, bush pilot, and gold prospector in southwest Alaska.
O'Clair, Rita M., and Sandra C. Lindstrom. North Pacific Seaweeds / illus. by Katherine M. Hocker and Patricia S. Holley; graphic design by Sarah Olsen (Auke Bay, AK : Plant Press, 2000), 162 pp., paper, $24.95 plus $3.00 shipping, ISBN 0966424514, Plant Press c/o General Delivery, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Marine algae identified and beautifully illustrated.
Parr, Charles H. Backwoods Broadway : Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1905-1997 ([Fairbanks] : Inkworks, c2000), 285 pp., cloth, $49.95, or paper, $29.95 plus $6.00 shipping, order from Karen Parr, 909 John Kalinas Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712. History of the performing arts in Fairbanks includes a listing of all known theatre productions.
Patten, Edith P. Skimming the Top of the World : Traveling among Peoples of the Far North / photography, Caroline Canafax (Seattle, WA : Hara Pub., c2000), 244 pp., paper, $15.95 plus $3.50 shipping, ISBN 1883697980, P.O. Box 19732, Seattle, WA 98109. Writer and photographer recount their visits to Alaska (11 trips in all) between 1976 and 1990.
Pollen, Sally McMahan. Papa was a Bush Pilot (Palmer, Alaska : S.M. Pollen, 2000), 120 pp., paper, $22.00 plus postage, HC 01 Box 6005D, Palmer, AK 99645. Chronicle of a family's adventures during half a century in Alaska.
Pynn, Larry. Last Stands : a Journey through North America's Vanishing Ancient Rainforests (Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2000), 212 pp., ISBN 0870710273. "Environmental writer plunges into coastal forest from California to Alaska to explore this unique ecosystem and the complex factors that threaten it."
Ragsdale, Rose, editor. Anchorage 2000 : Millennium at the Top (Anchorage : Morris Communications, 2000), 119 pp., cloth, $39.95 plus postage, ISBN 1892154072, or paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 1892154064, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. "A pictorial journey of Anchorage to the new millennium and beyond," this mixture of historic and contemporary photographs tells the history of Anchorage. Profiles of eight Alaskan businesses are appended.
Rasmuson, Elmer E., and Terrence Dole. Banking On Alaska : the Story of the National Bank of Alaska,Volume I, by Terrence Cole and Elmer E. Rasmuson, A History of NBA; Volume II, by Elmer E. Rasmuson, Elmer's Memoirs : Anecdotes and Vignettes of My 90 Years (Anchorage : National Bank of Alaska, 2000), volume I, 523 pp., volume II, 403 pp., cloth. Now available from University of Alaska Press, paper, two-volume set, $25.00, vol.1: ISBN 1880063275 and vol.2: ISBN 1889963283. Telling the story of Alaska's early banking history and the consolidation that resulted in Alaska's largest bank, volume one is a corporate history. Volume two tells the story of the Rasmuson family's long connections to Alaska and includes the texts of many speeches, and a biographical section featuring over 60 prominent individuals and businesses.
Reid, Bill. Solitary Raven : Selected Writing of Bill Reid (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000 and Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre), 250 pp., cloth, $35.00 plus postage, ISBN 029598080X, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Collection of important writings on Northwest Coast art and the role of the native artist by renowned Haida sculptor.
Rennick, Penny, editor. Seals, Sea Lions and Sea Otters, Volume 27, Number 2 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 2000), 96 pp., paper, $21.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN 1566610524, P. O. Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. Mostly descriptive, but includes sidebars on species' interactions with humans through prehistory and history.
Rennick, Penny, editor. The Best of Alaska Geographic : Our First 100 Issues, Volume 27, Number 1 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 2000), 144 pp., paper, $24.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN 1566610494, P.O. Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. Illustrated excerpts from the first 26 years of this quarterly publication.
Richardson, Tim, and Dave Cline, editors. Kodiak Bears & the Exxon Valdez (Kodiak : Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, 2000), 170 pp., paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 0970602103, 1390 Buskin River Road, Kodiak, AK 99615. Conservation saga of the oil spill and its aftermath in Kodiak Archipelago.
@ Roberts, Ann D. Alaska Gardening Guide (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, c2000), 352 pp., paper, $19.95, ISBN 1888125543, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Volume one is on vegetables for northern climates; detailed and authoritative, from planting basics to in-depth section dealing with specific problems.
Robinson, Richard W. Fairbanks Cabbies (Bryn Mawr, PA : Buy Books on the web.com, 2000), 152 pp., paper, $13.95 plus postage, ISBN 0741403595, order from Cook Inlet Book Co., 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Biographies of colorful characters who made their living driving taxis.
Robson, John. Captain Cook's World : Maps of the Life and Voyages of James Cook
R. N. (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000), 212 pp., cloth, $40.00 plus postage, ISBN 0295980192, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5094. An atlas, chronology and biography of the life and voyages of the famous explorer, told with 128 new maps.
Roppel, Patricia. Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness, Alaska (Wrangell : Farwest Research, 2000), 240 pp., $15.95 plus postage, ISBN 15783331250, P. O. Box 1998, Wrangell, AK 99929. History, natural history, and place name information about this southeast Alaskan wilderness area.
@ Ross, Ken. Environmental Conflict in Alaska (Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2000), 424 pp., cloth, $59.95 plus postage, ISBN 0870815881 or paper, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 087081589X, 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, No. 206C, Boulder, CO 80303. A discussion of environmental controversies since Alaska became a state in 1959.
Rozell, Ned. Walking my Dog, Jane : From Valdez to Prudhoe Bay along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (Pittsburgh : Duquesne University Press, 2000), 342 pp., cloth, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 082073141, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. With his chocolate lab, Jane, the author walks the length of the pipeline, describing the wildlife, scenery and people along the way.
Saleeby, Becky M. The Quest for Gold : an Overview of the National Park Service Cultural Resources Mining Inventory and Monitoring Program (CRMIM) (Anchorage : National Park Service Alaska Region, 2000), 546 pp., paper, request from 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. Archeological results from ten years of cultural resource inventories conducted in nine of Alaska's national parks and preserves; includes a chapter describing mining technology as adapted to Alaskan conditions.
Servid, Carolyn. Of Landscape and Longing : Finding a Home at Water's Edge (Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2000), 192 pp., paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 1571312382, 1001 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Essays describe author's personal outlook and perspectives formed while living in Sitka.
Shearar, Cheryl. Understanding Northwest Coast Art : a Guide to Crests, Beings, and Symbols (Vancouver, B.C. Seattle : Douglas & McIntyre ; University of Washington Press, c2000), 143 pp., paper, $17.95, ISBN 0295979739, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. Dictionary-style with illustrations, guide to identifying and understanding the symbols, crests, and beings depicted in Northwest Coast Native American works of art such as totem poles, masks, and prints.
Sherwonit, Bill, editor. Denali : a Literary Anthology (Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, 2000), 267 pp., paper, $18.95, ISBN 089886710X, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134. Selection from 100 years of writings related to Alaska's highest mountain, including native sacred stories, early explorations, mountaineering, natural history, and modern adventures.
Sherwonit, Bill. To the Top of Denali : Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c. 1990, 2000), 368 pp., $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 0882405322, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Tenth anniversary edition of classic anthology of McKinley stories.
Smith, Barbara Sweetland. Science Under Sail : Russia's Great Voyages to America, 1728-1867 (Anchorage : Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 2000), 40 pp., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 1885267029, Anchorage Museum of History and Art Gift Shop, 121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Catalog for an exhibit that documents the history of scientific discovery in the North Pacific during Alaska's Russian period.
Soos, Frank, and Kesler Woodward, editors. Under Northern Lights : Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape (Seattle : Published for the University of Alaska Museum by University of Washington Press, c2000), 317 pp., paper, $39.95 plus postage, ISBN 0295979240. Sixteen essays by Alaskan writers juxtaposed with works of visual art drawn from the collection of the University of Alaska Museum.
Stoltenberg, Loretta. Road System Guide to Kodiak Island World War II Sites (Kodiak : Alaska State Parks, Kodiak District Office, 1997), 28 pp., paper, request from Fort Abercrombie, 1400 Abercrombie Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615. Specialized guide for those interested in Kodiak and/or World War II.
Stone, Ted. Alaska and Yukon History Along the Highway (Red Deer, Alberta : Red Deer College Press, 1997), 223 pp., paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 0889951454, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.
Sweeney, Mary Ann. The Machine Shop at Kennecott : a Collection Plan (Copper Center, AK : Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Preserve, 2000), 219 pp., spiral-bound, request from P.O. Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573. A study of industrial artifacts found in the machine shop at the Kennecott copper mine, which was abruptly abandoned in 1938.
Swensen, Evan. One Last Cast : from Alaska Outdoors Radio Magazine (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 2000), 272 pp., paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 1888125802, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. Collection of stories first heard on author's radio program.
Tangen, J.P., editor. D(2), Part 2 : a Report to the People of Alaska on the Land Promises in ANILCA : 20 Years Later (Anchorage : Alaska Miners Assn., c2000), 96 pp., paper, $9.95 plus postage, ISBN 0944780145, 3305 Arctic Boulevard, Suite 202, Anchorage, AK 99503; also available on website, www.alaskaminers.org. "In reality, ANILCA has proven not to be the last act in the struggle over Alaska's resources, but a starting point from which all further attempts to lock up more of Alaska begin."
Taylor, Alan. The Strangest Town in Alaska : the History of Whittier, Alaska and the Portage Valley (Seattle : Kokogiak Media, 2000), 114 pp., paper, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN 0967786002, 9457 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103. Consisting primarily of a Cold War era skyscraper at the end of a two-mile tunnel, Whittier probably is the "strangest town in Alaska."
Truett, Joe C., and Stephen R. Johnson, editors. The Natural History of an Arctic Oil Field : Development and the Biota (San Diego : Academic Press, c2000), 422 pp., hardbound, $69.95, ISBN 0127012354, 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495. Impacts of oil development in the Arctic over the past 30 years.
Van Zyle, Jon. Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories : 25 years of Poster Art from the Last Great Race / [art by Jon Van Zyle] ; stories by Jona Van Zyle ([Seattle, WA ; Fairbanks, AK] : Epicenter Press, c2000), 64 pp., cloth, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN 0945397887, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Creator of annual Iditarod posters reflects on meaning of Iditarod and his involvement of 25 years.
Vincet, Timothy L. Finns, Swedes and Norwegians in the Alaska World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918 (Salt Lake City : The Author, 2000), 334 pp., $35.00 plus $4.00 postage, P.O. Box 526163, Salt Lake City, UT 84152. A compilation of 4500 entries which includes all information from each draft application.
Von der Heydt, James A. Alaska : the Short and Long of It (Publication Consultants, 2000), 208 pp., $16.95, paper, ISBN 1888125721, available from Amazon.com. Autobiographical sketches by long-time Alaskan.
Walker, Harry M. Boats of Alaska (Kenmore, WA ; Fairbanks, AK ; Portland, OR : Epicenter Press, c2000), 64 pp., $16.95 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 094539781X, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Photographic tour of boats and boat owners of the 49th state.
Walker, Tom. Caribou : Wanderer of the Tundra (Portland, Or. : Graphic Arts Center Pub., c2000), 76 pp., paper, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN 1558685243, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306. Color photographs and general information on caribou in Alaska.
Ward, Kennan. Denali : Reflections of a Naturalist (Minnetonka, MN : NorthWord Press, 2000), 160 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN 1559717165, order from Cook Inlet Book Company. Large format book with 100 color images taken by photographer who has visited Denali again and again over the past 20-some years.
White, Paul J. Cultural Landscape Report : Bremner Historic District, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Copper Center, AK : Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Preserve, 2000), 218 pp., paper, request from P.O. Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573. History of activities and inventory of structures and artifacts in this remote region southwest of McCarthy.
Wickersham, James. James Wickersham, U. S. District Judge of Alaska : Transcripts of Diaries 1-13, January 1, 1900 - February 13, 1908, transcribed by Mary Anne Slemmons, (Juneau : Alaska State Library, 2000), 382 pp., unbound, P. O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571. Available online at Alaska's Digital Archives. Transcribed from original diaries held in the Alaska Historical Collections, these are the first thirteen of 47 diaries recording the life and career of Alaska's first District Judge. Included are his attempt to scale Mount McKinley and other adventures described in his 1938 book Old Yukon : Tales, Trails, and Trials. ASD
@ Wolfe, Art. Alaska / text by Nick Jans (Seattle : Sasquatch Books, c2000), 159 pp., paper, $29.95, ISBN 1570612161, or cloth, $40.00, ISBN 157061217X, 615 Second Avenue, Suite 260, Seattle, WA 98104. Coffee table book; one hundred thirty images in color enhanced by writings of Alaskan author Nick Jans.
@ Woodward, Kesler E. Painting Alaska, Volume 27, Number 3 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 2000), 112 pp., paper, $21.95 plus $5.00 postage, ISBN 1566610516, P.O. Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. A panorama of Alaskan pictorial art through the years.
Zimmerly, David W. QAYAQ : Kayaks of Alaska and Siberia, Paul Gardinier, kayak exhibit coordinator (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 2000), 103 pp., paper, $16.95 plus postage, ISBN 1889963100, P.O Box 756340, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Second edition of exhibit catalog; the kayak in the original edition has been changed to the Yupik spelling most commonly seen in Alaska.
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: